As the song goes, a face could launch a thousand ships; that is how powerful our facial profile is in affecting the impression and drawing attention of people around us. It comes to no surprise that the nose, being located at the centre of our face, impacts the whole image of a person. This is the reason why a lot of women, and men, opt to undergo nose jobs to aesthetically improve the appearance of their nose. And with the technology and modern science that surround us today, plastic surgeons came up with another innovation, the non surgical rhinoplasty. What is this new trend and is it as effective as its surgical counterpart?
What is a non surgical rhinoplasty?
Non surgical rhinoplasty, as the name implies, is a cosmetic procedure that uses injectable fillers to resize and reshape a person’s nose non-invasively. Also commonly known as injection nose job, filler rhinoplasty, or liquid rhinoplasty, this procedure uses different chemicals that are considered biocompatible or nontoxic to the body. Effects of this procedure can also be temporary (up to 2 years) or permanent depending on the filler injected.
How does non surgical rhinoplasty work?
This non-invasive procedure starts after the surgeon identifies the problem areas of your nose. Preoperative exams and laboratories should denote that you are healthy to prevent unwanted complications and side effects post-procedure.
Your plastic surgeon uses local or topical anesthesia to numb the nose. He will then inject the dermal filler using a sterile syringe with a hypodermic needle to the nasal skin, commonly in the subcutaneous part. The whole procedure typically lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, and little by little, your nose achieves the new shape and size that you want to have.
What are the common fillers used in non surgical rhinoplasty?
Different plastic surgeons use different dermal fillers depending on your needs and your body’s limitations. It is best to disclose all medical information including your allergies and history because some of the ingredients of the fillers may affect you.
Some of the most common dermal fillers used in non surgical rhinoplasty are:
- Calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse)
- Hyaluronic acid (HA)
- Medical-grade liquid silicone
- Polyacrylamide gel (PAAG or Aquamid)
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
Is non surgical rhinoplasty the cosmetic procedure for you?
There are many cosmetic surgery procedures that are now accepted and proven as effective in improving one’s physical appearance as well as their overall outlook in life. Now that nonsurgical options for cosmetic enhancements are also getting equal attention, like non surgical rhinoplasty, it is but essential for us to know if this cosmetic innovation is appropriate and suitable to your needs.
Consider non surgical rhinoplasty if:
You only need small improvements to your nose. While non surgical rhinoplasty can definitely reshape your nasal profile, it can only affect the superficial bumps and unevenness of your nose. If your concern goes beyond minor changes, the surgical rhinoplasty is still the procedure of choice for you.
You want to try getting rhinoplasty but are scared of surgery. Because the procedure uses injectable fillers, it does not involve any incisions or major anaesthesia. Also, no scars!
You want a fast recovery. No surgery is involved in this procedure. Your whole nose reshaping can be done in the doctor’s office on an outpatient basis and the whole procedure can last up to only an hour. You can even get this during your lunch break and return to work afterward!
You want to improve your nasal profile but are unsure if you want it permanent. Most injectable nose fillers have a temporary effect that can last for 1-2 years. Some patients opt to have their temporary nose job just to see if the improvement looks good on them. Once they are sure that they want to have permanent rhinoplasty, they either choose to undergo the surgical rhinoplasty or go back to their plastic surgeon and request for a dermal filler that gives permanent results (PMMA or Artefill/Bellafill).