This section of the forum is dedicated to discussions on rhinoplasty (cosmetic, reconstructive, and functional) nose surgery, also known as a “nose job”. Ethnic rhinoplasty topics can be addressed either here or in the Ethnic Cosmetic Surgery Forum.
yes, anything is possible. however, a few things are important. first, we vet every patient based on suitability for anesthesia. if you are at risk, we will not do the procedure. second, i hire very very very experienced anesthesiologists that are not part of a group but that i have hand selected to do your anesthesia. third, i do only one patient a day so error rates and cross contamination are virtually nil. fourth, i do not outsource my staff who are always with me full time so they know the procedure and what i do to the procedure. fifth, we are in a fully accredited surgical facility by the Joint Commission with every advanced safety measure. sixth, we are about 1 minute away from a hospital where i am on staff. seventh, i finish a rhinoplasty typically in less than 2 hours. why is that important? the longer time under anesthesia carries a small risk but the biggest risk is body surgery plus facial surgery. almost every complication with anesthesia that has occurred has been due to someone trying to do a 6 hour liposuction/tummy tuck plus facelift etc. there in rare cases can be fluid shifts and electrolyte disturbances. with a rhinoplasty there is almost zero fluid or electrolyte changes during the procedure. eighth, we live in an era of modern anesthesia equipment and care that we simply did not have many years ago. hope that helps. best, s.
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery