Can Dermal Fillers Be an Alternative to Rhinoplasty Surgery?
December 18, 2015
Dermal filler injections like Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm are used thousands of times a year to help patients look younger and feel great about their appearance. They are typically used to treat wrinkles or add more volume to certain areas of the face. There is also a less common use for some types of injections – nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Also known as the liquid nose job, nonsurgical rhinoplasty got its start back in the early 19th century as a way to improve the outward appearance of the nose. That concept continues to be the objective today, though with a much more refined technique and better quality of injectable materials. The procedure involves altering the soft tissue of the nose by strategically injecting the fillers into the affected areas. There are several options that rhinoplasty surgeons can use for nonsurgical rhinoplasty, including Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse. These fillers are designed to add volume to the soft tissue of the face without surgery. They are easily applied under a local or general anesthetic, depending on how much work the patient’s nose actually needs. The filler is carefully injected with a controlled amount to prevent any disfiguration and then the surgeon will gently massage and shape the filler to create the outward shape of the nose. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is far less common than other types of rhinoplasty because it is more limited. The fillers will only change the outward appearance of the nose, not the underlying bone and cartilage. Dermal fillers are also not a permanent solution; they do wear off over time and have to be reapplied to keep the results. Because the fillers are adding more material to your nose, it can make the nose bigger in both size and volume, so if you are worried that your nose is already too big, nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not going to improve that. However, there are decided benefits to having nonsurgical rhinoplasty over surgical. One of the biggest advantages is the lower cost. Surgical rhinoplasty costs thousands of dollars; whereas, nonsurgical rhinoplasty will be a few hundred. There is also little to no recovery time needed for nonsurgical rhinoplasty. The injections only take a short time to apply and then you are out the door, compared to surgical rhinoplasty which can take up to two years for a complete recovery. Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, the results of nonsurgical rhinoplasty can be adjusted; fillers can be removed or reapplied as needed to get the best looking results. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty can also be a good option if you have been considering surgical rhinoplasty, but aren’t sure you want to go through with it. The dermal filler results can give you an idea of what your nose could look like after the more permanent surgical rhinoplasty without having to speculate your appearance. The most common problems with the external shape of the nose that are corrected with nonsurgical rhinoplasty include minor bumps or dents in the nasal bridge, raising the height of the nasal bridge to give the nose more definition, or making slight adjustments to the shape of the nasal tip. Anything more drastic will likely require surgical rhinoplasty to physically change the shape and size of the nose. Whether you are choosing nonsurgical or surgical rhinoplasty, it’s important to choose a surgeon who is experienced in nose shaping and using dermal filler injections. Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offers both rhinoplasty and dermal filler injections, as well as a wide variety of other surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Dr. Haitham Masri has been a plastic surgeon for many years and has cultivated a great deal of experience while working with thousands of patients. For a consultation, call (866) 487-3223.