Frequency of Minor Skin and Soft Tissue Complications in Facial and Periorbital Area after Septorhinoplasty

Document Type : Original


1 Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery department and research center, Amiralmomenin Hospital, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

2 Department of dermatology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

3 Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery research center, Amiralmomenin Hospital, Rasht, Iran


High prevalence of rhinoplasty in the community and lack of structured studies about its minor skin and soft tissue complications, point out the necessity of performing precise and comprehensive studies. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of minor cutaneous and soft tissue complications of rhinoplasty.
 Materials and Methods:
110 patients (30 Male and 80 Female, Mean age: 26.3± 6.8) participated in this study. Before surgery all of them were checked for having each of intended complications, and 1 and 3 months after the surgery, they underwent serial visits for monitoring skin & soft tissue complications. The software used for data analysis was SPSS ver.16.
Acne exacerbation was seen in 27% of cases in first post-surgical visit. Nasal tip paresthesia was the most frequent complication in both postsurgical visits (49.6% in first and 36.3% in second visit), followed by eyebrow loss (31.8%), complaint of increased yawning (31.8%), periorbital hyperpigmentation (21.8%) in first visit, and, hyperpigmentation (19.1%), complaint of increased yawning (10%) and surgical site scar (7.2%) in second visit respectively. The frequency of complications was highest in younger than 25 year old age group.
Having knowledge about these complications helps us to know which of them needs prompt medical intervention and which of them will resolve with time and just needs giving reassurance to the patient.