Injectable filler substances are able to achieve incredible changes to the face without the time and recovery that invasive surgery entails. Botox and dermal fillers are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, fill deep creases and find lines, and add volume. Patients born with thin, lackluster lips can find themselves with a full, kissable pout within a short amount of time.
Hollowed cheeks can be made full after the volume that once made them youthful has shifted. Worry lines can be flattened for a peaceful appearance.
The remarkable applications for filler materials don’t stop there. Some surgeons offer a “five minute nose job” through injection rhinoplasty. In small amounts, and in specific locations, injections are made to lift, straighten, or define the tip of the nose. They can also be used to widen the bridge of the nose, fill regions of the nose altered by a deviated nasal bridge, or distract from a nasal bump. The procedure is an alternative for patients who are not ready for surgery, or are looking to refine the results of a rhinoplasty procedure. Materials such as Radiesse or Restylane may be used.
Injections are performed in a surgeon’s office, much like any other injectable filler procedure. The surgical risks that accompany rhinoplasty can be avoided, while still improving the profile of the face. Rhinoplasty is a highly complex procedure during which form and function of the nose must be taken into account. Since injections are superficially placed into the skin, the risk of altering the function of the nose is decreased.
Following the quick procedure, patients may return to work immediately. There may be some very minor swelling, bruising or discomfort, but this will fade within a few days. Most patients do not experience any side effects. The results are only temporary however, and will require additional treatments. The length of time depends on the type of filler material that is used. Patients can expect to continue to see the results anywhere from 8 to 18 months.
Many surgeons maintain that rhinoplasty surgery is still the best option, despite its invasiveness. Injectables cannot treat the wide range of nose deformities that rhinoplasty can. For example, the size or projection of the nose cannot be reduced, and breathing problems cannot be fixed. Injectable fillers simply camouflage the problem instead of correcting it. Rhinoplasty surgery also offers a permanent solution that does not require regular touch ups.
Fillers are commonly used as a stepping stone for those still deciding if they will like the results of a permanent procedure. After trying out a new nasal shape with injectables, patients may decide to take the plunge and go for the full rhinoplasty. If surgery is performed after an injectable rhinoplasty, patients should disclose this information to their surgeon. Filler material can still linger in the nose and may result in complications.
Even non-surgical options should not be taken lightly. If considering an injectable nose job, select a board certified rhinoplasty surgeon who has an in-depth knowledge of nasal anatomy. He or she will be able to help determine if the procedure is right for you, or if surgery would be better.
To learn more about non-surgical or surgical rhinoplasty, contact the Naderi Center at (703) 481-0002 in Herndon, Virginia, or (301) 222-2020 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.