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March 1978

Risks of Facial Plastic Surgery in an Otolaryngology Program

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology), UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles. Dr Smith is also with the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(3):137-139. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790030023005

• By reviewing 680 rhinoplasty, facelift, blepharoplasty, otoplasty, and chin implant procedures that were performed during a two-year period by UCLA Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) residents, we have found that the rate of major and minor complications compares favorably with that rate achieved by physicians in practice who have reported their results in the literature. Three hundred and sixty-eight rhinoplasties resulted in 1.6% major complications, 14.4% in minor complications, and 5.2% in revision surgeries. One hundred fourteen facelifts had 5.3% major complications, and 24.5% had minor complications. One hundred fifty-six blepharoplasties had no major complications, and 7.7% had minor complications; 21 chin implants resulted in no major complications, and 9.5% resulted in minor complications; and 21 bilateral otoplasties had no major complications, and 14.3% had minor complications, with 4.8% revisions.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:137-139, 1978)

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