The Art of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty: How Fillers Sculpt and Shape

Often called a “nose job,” a rhinoplasty is a procedure that alters the shape of the nose. This procedure can serve respiratory health but also has a primarily cosmetic purpose. Surgical rhinoplasty is not the only method of altering nose structure or appearance. Dermal fillers can provide a non-surgical rhinoplasty and prove to be a less invasive way of achieving similar results.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injected substances that press out wrinkles and other lines that develop on aging faces. Dermal fillers frequently address the eyes, mouths, and noses. They work in one of two ways: fillers either boost collagen production, making skin more supple and elastic; or they employ the sugar molecule, hyaluronic acid, to plump skin and draw in water, hydrating the skin. Examples of dermal fillers include:

  • Sculptra. Poly-L-lactic acid — a compound that helps the body synthesize its collagen, this is among the most long-lasting fillers.
  • Bellafill. Polymethyl methacrylate microspheres — are little pebbles that combine with collagen to enhance the volume beneath the skin.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite — this is the calcium found in your bones and is injected into very deep wrinkles to volumize and boost collagen.
  • Personal body fat from elsewhere.

How Exactly Do Fillers Work?

With age comes a loss of volume beneath the skin. Dermal fillers replace the sub-cutaneous tissue when injected into the face with a needle or cannula. The hyaluronic acid draws water molecules to targeted areas, expanding the tissue and giving the skin a plumped and refreshed look. The results show quickly and can endure for months or even years after a given procedure.

Are There Any Dangers with Dermal Fillers?

Under the supervision of a licensed cosmetic surgeon, dermal fillers very rarely create health hazards or other complications. Few and far between are infections, scars, numbing, or bruising. To ensure the safety of non-surgical rhinoplasty, patients can consult with Dr. Ghafouri to rule out any allergies or conditions that become problematic and to discuss the best options.

Is Botox a Dermal Filler?

As a bacterium-derived toxin, “Botox”, along with other neurotoxins inhibits a particular neurotransmitter to relax the muscles beneath the skin. So, although the cosmetic aim is similar, the action of Botox disqualifies it as a dermal filler. Talk to your doctor to see if it is a preferable option.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in dermal fillers, it is best to consult with a professional before deciding on the procedure that is right for you. Fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Ghafouri and the clinicians at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists in Scottsdale, AZ stand ready to advise on the best course of action.

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Dr. Ghafouri, MD, FACS, is a distinguished ophthalmic plastic and facial cosmetic surgeon based in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, with extensive experience in eyelid, eye orbit, tear drainage, and skin cancer surgeries. He specializes in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures such as cosmetic eyelid lifts, endoscopic forehead lifts, mid-facelifts, laser facial rejuvenation, Botox, and dermal fillers. Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of several prestigious medical societies, he has performed over 18,000 major reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. Dr. Ghafouri and his team at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists are dedicated to delivering exceptional patient care with compassion and excellence.



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