Most commonly referred to as a nose job, surgical rhinoplasty is one of the most popular, complex, and delicate aesthetic procedures available. In today’s fast-paced world, however, many people are reluctant to commit to a surgical procedure.
The good news is that there is now a non-surgical alternative available to enhance the overall appearance of the nose. Non-surgical rhinoplasty allows patients to “try out” changes in their nose without being fully committed to the permanent alterations that come with surgery.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as a non-surgical nose job or liquid rhinoplasty, involves the use of minimally-invasive injectable dermal fillers but is able to accomplish many of the same goals as the surgical alternative. Non-surgical rhinoplasty has significantly increased in popularity recently due to the lower cost, lack of commitment required, and the associated minimal downtime.
What Does a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Involve?
Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, which permanently changes the structure of the nose, a cosmetic injectable nose job makes use of dermal fillers to build up the nose in order to temporarily improve its appearance.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty makes use of hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers to create a variety of aesthetic improvements to the nose. This may include correcting one or more of the following defects:
- Upturned nose
- Flat or scooped at the nasal bridge
- Wide, shapeless, or pinched at the tip
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are regarded as the most effective, safe, and non-toxic fillers on the market as they are naturally broken down by the body over time. There are a number of different brands of hyaluronic acid fillers available for liquid nose jobs, such as Juvederm and Restylane.
A topical numbing cream or ice is applied to the nose before the dermal filler is injected into the targeted area. No dressings or bandages are required following the procedure and patients should have few, if any, activity restrictions.
Are There Pros and Cons to Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
It’s important to carefully consider whether or not a nonsurgical nose job is the right procedure for your needs. All treatments have their benefits, downsides, and limitations. Here are some pros and cons of non-surgical rhinoplasty to help you decide if it’s the treatment for you.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a knife-free alternative to the more conventional surgical rhinoplasty. This translates to a quicker recovery time and a decreased risk of possible complications. Unlike in traditional surgical procedures, the risks are very low with non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty typically does not require any anesthesia. Beyond a slight sensation often described as a pinch at the site of injection, the procedure is more or less painless. However, for patients who request it, a topical numbing cream may be applied before the treatment begins.
One of the key benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty is the lack of downtime required. Following the procedure, the patient is able to return to their daily routine with hardly any swelling or bruising. It is usually referred to as a lunchtime treatment because not only is there little to no risk of side effects or complications, but the results are instantaneous.
This is a major benefit of a nonsurgical nose job – the fact that it can be reversed, thereby eliminating the necessity for revision procedures to correct any complications that may arise. This benefit allows patients to try out a new nose and decide if they like it or not. If they don’t, most people simply wait for the hyaluronic acid filler to degrade over time. However, the HA filler can also be dissolved immediately with the help of hyaluronidase injections if necessary.
Going in for a surgical rhinoplasty can make a sizable dent in your wallet, due to the costs of surgical and facility fees, anesthesia, and the cost of taking time off from work to recuperate. With non-surgical rhinoplasty being an in-office procedure requiring no anesthesia or downtime, it is considerably more affordable.
In addition to this, complications may arise with surgery, especially when the procedure is not carried out by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. The subsequent need for a revision rhinoplasty may further increase the original cost.
Instant and Natural-Looking Results
Non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the strategic injection of dermal fillers into the nose in order to quickly reshape and improve the nasal contours. Results are immediately visible and are easily tailored to meet the patient’s needs.
Unfortunately, some prospective patients have unreasonable expectations regarding non-surgical rhinoplasty, mostly thanks to social media and perfectly edited photos that make it difficult to distinguish between what’s real and what’s not. This often leads to disappointment because non-surgical rhinoplasty naturally has certain limitations on what it can achieve. Some goals can only be met with surgical rhinoplasty.
The results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty can last between 9 to 12 months on average. Even though the reversible nature of liquid nose jobs may be a benefit to many, it may also be considered a downside by some because of the need for yearly touch-up treatments. Patients who desire permanent results should opt for the traditional surgical rhinoplasty for this reason. Nevertheless, results can last as long as 2 years if there is minimal movement in the nose.
A non-surgical rhinoplasty will not reduce the size of the nose and will also not solve breathing problems caused by a deviated septum or another structural issue. Surgical rhinoplasties are needed to correct major nose problems needing a modification of nasal cartilage or bone, including:
- Twisted nose
- Deviated septum
- Reduction of part or all of the nose
- A bulbous tip
- Heavily plunging or drooping nose tip
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have concerns or questions about the appearance of your nose and wish to know if you’re a suitable candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty, contact us at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Paul Vitenas and his staff can be reached at 281.484.0088.