Once you have chosen a surgeon, a patient should have a candid discussion with the surgeon regarding the goals and expectations of surgery. A discussion of the potential complications is critical, so that you understand the risks of a complication and the types of complications that can occur.
Although most complications are relatively minor and correctable, more serious and debilitating complications do occur. Despite the best efforts of talented surgeons, unanticipated technical problems can and do occur during surgery that can lead to a complication. Surgery is not an exact science, and results cannot always be anticipated. Despite careful pre-operative analysis and meticulous attention to surgical detail, unacceptable results may still occur.
No surgical procedure should be taken lightly; a slight but real risk is involved in all surgery. Cosmetic surgical procedures have been repeated successfully countless times and are dependable when executed by skillful, experienced surgeons. Plastic surgery is a combination of art and science, and as such can be subject to unpredictables – usually (but not always) minor in nature.
One of the ways a surgeon can decrease the risk of complications is by carefully studying and understanding the types of complications that can occur, and how to avoid them. Dr. Becker was asked to write the important chapter entitled "Complications in Rhinoplasty" in the Medical Textbook, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Becker was asked to share his knowledge of rhinoplasty, to help other surgeons understand some of the types of complications that can occur, so that they could possibly minimize the risk of complications in their own practice. To read this chapter, continue below.