People may think rhinoplasty is a clean surgery like heart surgery.
However actually it is not. There is a chance of infection during nose job surgery.
In many cases, rhinoplasty performs with septoplasty (nasal septum cartilage surgery).
Septum is centered in the nasal cavity where many normal bacterial flora exist.
Thus, rhinoplasty field is always exposed to danger of bacterial infection from the nasal cavity.
Even in surgeries without touching the septum, chance of infection from the nasal cavity and surrounding facial skin is high.
Silicone implant and Gore-Tex implant can cause infection and extrusion. Silicone implants can have a complication rate between 5 ~ 10%. And Gore – Tex implant has less rate then silicone implant.
Smoking is one of the reason that causes the infection with rhinoplasty.
Therefore, stop smoking during rhinoplasty and recovery period can minimize the risk of infection.
Although nose is not sterile, most surgeon will prescribe a brief course of prophylactic antibiotic therapy to prevent infection.
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Dr. Jin Hong-Ryul.
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