When it comes to reshaping the nose, surgery is not always the answer. Sometimes the subtlety of a minimally invasive procedure is the best choice. Rhinoplasty surgery (nose job) is one of the more painful facial plastic surgeries, has to be performed under general anesthesia and has a prolonged recovery time.
Non-surgical techniques can make moderate changes in the volume, profile and appearance of the nose; fine-tuning the look of this central feature without transforming your essential facial character. Commonly referred to as “liquid rhinoplasty,” this approach typically involves the injection of dermal fillers in and around the nose to change its shape or projection — or achieve the illusion of change.
The injections are placed strategically to reshape and smooth out the contours of the nose in various ways; they may be administered to alter a bump, create a nasal bridge, give more projection to the nasal tip or fill in depressions or scars. Patients with prominent nasal features or deformities may not be good candidates for “liquid rhinoplasty.”
Optimal Rhinoplasty Options
There are many reasons patients seek alternatives to a surgical solution.
Some candidates want to “preview” the changes of rhinoplasty without committing to the recovery time and expense associated with surgery. If a patient is dissatisfied with the results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty, the changes can be easily reversed with the injection of a special enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid. If patients wish to maintain the results long term without surgery, repeat maintenance or “touchup” treatments can be performed as needed.
Other non-surgical rhinoplasty candidates desire minor corrections and immediate results with little to no pain or recovery time.
In the hands of an experienced injector, dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid can make incremental changes to the appearance of the nose. These convenient injectables are popular simply for their ability to build volume and fill in lines and furrows in different areas of the face. Sometimes the appearance of the nose can be modified by changing the structure of surrounding tissue.
Dermal fillers are administered during a short office visit. Topical anesthetic cream is placed and fine needles used for injections. There is usually little to no downtime after filler treatment and few activity restrictions, so long as the patient refrains from strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after the injections. Depending on the specific product used, the results typically last six months to a year.
To learn more about alternatives to rhinoplasty, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Ghafouri or our master injector at our Scottsdale office. Contact us by calling (480) 905-1010 or emailing Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists today.