If you’ve considered getting a nose job, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty procedure could be the perfect alternative. This technique allows patients to improve the appearance and function of their nose and experience some of the benefits of surgical rhinoplasty without going under the knife. It is an excellent option for anyone who wants to see how a surgical procedure might look while avoiding a commitment to permanent results. It is also less expensive and recovery is immediate.
What is nonsurgical rhinoplasty?
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a noninvasive procedure that uses soft-tissue fillers to change the shape of the nose. This procedure has steadily gained popularity over the past 10 years since the technique was developed and modern fillers were perfected. The most common fillers that are used include hyaluronic acid products, such as Restylane and Juvederm. Surgeons may also use fat grafts or Radiesse, which is a calcium-based gel. These are the same products that are used to smooth wrinkles and reduce signs of aging throughout the face. For many people, filler injections are enough to achieve the results they desire.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
Filler injections are an excellent option for anyone who wants to reshape their nose. However, only surgery can decrease the size or width of your nose. Because fillers add volume and correct small abnormalities, they are sometimes performed for patients with the following conditions.
- Nasal asymmetry
- Bumps on the bridge of the nose
- Drooping or deformed nasal tips
- Collapsed nostrils that affect breathing
- Broken noses
By adding volume, your facial plastic surgeon can lift the tip of the nose, create a smoother profile and correct minor asymmetries. Nonsurgical procedures can be used instead of surgery, after surgery or in place of a revision rhinoplasty.
What can patients expect?
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a fast, effective procedure that can be completed in your surgeon’s office. After a consultation, your surgeon will apply a numbing cream or use a local anesthetic to decrease discomfort as the fillers are injected. The entire process takes about an hour. Results are almost immediate, and there is no recovery time. Since gel fillers are temporary, results are expected to last 6 months to a year.
If you’re interested in a nonsurgical alternative to rhinoplasty, have a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. David Hecht, facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist in Scottsdale, AZ. He will discuss your goals and walk you through the process to see if a nonsurgical solution is right for you.