Most rhinoplasty patients are individuals who would like to have a dramatic improvement in the appearance or function of their nose. For those patients, a traditional rhinoplasty surgery is an excellent choice. However, there are some people who would like to change their nose in only a small way. Their nose might have a slight bump in the nasal bridge, a depression in the slope of the nasal tip, or appear crooked or uneven. Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as a liquid nose job, is a possible option for these particular patient needs.
What Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Typically, when people hear “rhinoplasty”, they imagine that always mean surgery. Rhinoplasty is actually Greek for “to shape the nose”. Most rhinoplasty procedures do involve some kind of surgery, but they can also be non-surgical.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the use of injectable fillers, much like Botox, to fill out the soft tissue of the nose. Its origins date back to the early 19th century, but it is still a relatively young procedure in the world of plastic surgery. The most common uses for this procedure are concealing bumps in the nasal bridge, increase the height of the nasal bridge, or adjust the nasal tip shape.
The fillers commonly used in non-surgical rhinoplasty include Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylene, Sculptra, Perlane, and Silikon-1000. The doctor will begin by applying an anesthetic to the injection site. A small and controlled amount of the filler will be injected, then the doctor will massage the area to make sure the filler is shaped correctly.
Advantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
- Save some money –Fillers are understandably much cheaper than undergoing a full surgery. The average rhinoplasty surgery costs about $6,775 while a filler injection runs about $750.
- No recovery needed! – Unlike with surgery, it isn’t necessary to take time off work to correct the nose with fillers. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure and only takes a few minutes. Your nose will be a red and a little tender for a few days, with some minor swelling or bruising, but that’s easily managed.
- Take a test run – If you are considering undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, fillers will give you a chance to see what your nose might look like after surgery.
- They’re reversible – Fillers can be removed, reapplied, or readjusted depending on what you need
- Prevent corrective surgery – Some patients do not have good experiences with rhinoplasty surgery. They are left with deformities that give their nose an unattractive appearance. Fillers in non-surgical rhinoplasty can be used to correct some of these problems.
Disadvantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
- Temporary results – like other cosmetic fillers, these don’t last forever. Most patients will need to have the procedure repeated after about a year, though they can last longer because the nose is not an area with a lot of movement
- It adds to your nose –Injecting fillers into the nose will predictably increase its size and volume.If you are looking to decrease the size of your nasal tip or nasal bridge, this procedure is not for you.
- Limitations – Non-surgical rhinoplasty can only do so much to change your nose. If you are looking for a dramatic change in the shape and size, or need to correct the function of your nose, you’re better off with surgical rhinoplasty.
Choosing the Right Doctor
While a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure sounds simple enough, it can go horribly wrong if it is performed by a doctor who doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Regardless of the method, rhinoplasty is as much an art as it is a medical procedure and requires a keen sense of what an attractive nose looks like.
Dr. Shervin Naderi’s practice and skills are all-inclusive, meaning he performs most types of rhinoplasty surgeries, including ethnic, septoplasty and revision.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment
If you are interested in finding out more about the surgical and non-surgical options for rhinoplasty, contact our offices in Herndon, Virginia, to schedule an initial consultation. We can be reached at 703-481-0002, or at 301-222-2020 for our Chevy Chase, Maryland office. We also offer a patient contact page on our website. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.