What is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty and is it successful?

Plastic Surgery and other Cosmetic procedures are becoming the norm for both Men and Women and the ‘Nose job’ is probably one of the oldest and most popular facial augmentations.

Surgical Rhinoplasty is in the top 10 of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK, USA, Korea and Australia.

Going under the knife may not, however, be an option for many patients even though having a nose job is paramount to their self-esteem.

Because of this, Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty (NSR) becomes an option worth looking into.

Boost self-confidence and improve your self-image

According to some psychologists, making a change to your nose can dramatically change your face and boost your levels of self-confidence and improve your self-image.

A report released by Dr. Joseph F. Sobanko from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania reviewed 16 studies of patients’ who received a nose job. Dr. Sobanko found that the quality of life of these patients improved significantly after their nose job. The survey included a renewed confidence and higher self-esteem with patients feeling generally more confident to pursue opportunities. They also reported a better overall body image after a nose job, making a huge impact on their self-image.

HDA online article ‘What are the Psychological Effects of Rhinoplasty’ points out most patients was happy with their nose jobs but some patients felt disappointment. This was due to factors such as their idealised nose may not be achievable, the stress of undergoing surgery and the pain and discomfort of surgery and recovery.

Would opting for a Non-surgical nose job be the best path to take?

It has been my experience that using Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is a perfect option as either a regular treatment or to ‘test the waters’ by having this procedure first. In this case, you to see if your new nose would be like before considering surgery.

How does it work?

NSR involves the use of soft tissue augmenters such as injectable dermal filler- Restylane SubQ. A hyaluronic acid (HA), it is suitable for Soft Tissue and is a Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid Gel.

Injectable dermal fillers can be used to correct deformities that would otherwise require significant surgery, downtime and a high cost.

Dermal Fillers are well known for use in enhancing lips and cheekbones but what is less well known is that they can used to enhance and shape the nose.

What I find most exciting is that we can add and re-shape the nasal area with great results, using a dermal filler to correct minor to moderate bumps or deviations, straightening the nose and giving more height and shape to a ‘shallow’ or low nasal bridge. Go to Nose Jobs-Before and After to view some of the results of using dermal fillers for nose jobs.

Nose deformities that can be treated with NSR include:

1. Tip rotation — An over-rotated tip often refer to as ‘Miss Piggy’. An under-rotated tip makes the nose look droopy and appear longer.

2. Saddle nose which refers to the middle of the nose leaving a deep.

3. Tension nose deformity, an overgrowth of the dorsal part of the nasal septum and can cause a high, narrow appearance of the nose.

4. Pollybeak deformity is a ‘hooked’ appearance of the nose following surgery. Inverted ‘V’ deformity is also a post-operative appearance and is due to the detachment of the upper lateral cartilages from the nasal bones. This leads to the upside down ‘V’ deformity at the junction of the upper and middle third of the nose.

5. Retracted columella, a common feature found in Asian and African noses and can be treated successfully with NSR and is the skin and cartilage bridge in between the nostrils. It divides the nostrils into right and left sides. It can be wide, flared at the bottom, hanging, or retracted. It is important to not ignore this area when aesthetically shaping the nose.

6. Bulbous tip: occurs if the cartilages is very broad and arched.

But how does Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty stack up?

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty (NSR) has many attractions without the complications of surgery.

Surgical Rhinoplasty involves invasive techniques to reshape the nose structure by cutting cartilage and breaking the nasal bones. Cartilage and bone may also be needed and is taken from the ear and ribs, making it a significant surgery to under-take. Some of the side effects can be a decrease nasal passage causing breathing problems and the risk of infections to the skin and bone.

This makes Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty a sound alternative if you do not wish to subject yourself to the risks associated with surgery.

Another benefit of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is the minimal side effects and easy of the procedure.

While Surgical Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure and does not require you to stay in a hospital, you will be required to stay for a couple of hours in recovery before being released to go home and requires the care of a companion for the first 48 hours at least. The bruising and swelling associated with this surgery means there is also a long and painful healing time as well.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is carried out in a practitioners clinic, takes around 60 minutes and involves little or no pain. With is very little downtime, enabling you to return to work the same day if you want. Watch this speed up video to see how the Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty procedure is performed.

Another benefit is its affordability, NSR is around 1/10th of the cost of Surgical Rhinoplasty.

Disadvantage of NSR is it is a temporary treatment. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty will last around 10–12 months, and there are reports of results lasting up to 30 months.

Another disadvantage of NSR is that you cannot wear sunglasses or heavy glasses for a few weeks after the treatment. This could be a problem if you cannot substitute your glasses to wear contact lenses.

Key to a successfully nose job is finding an experienced medical practitioner who is expert in facial aesthetics.

While some deformities are relatively simple to treat, others should be left to more experienced practitioners who can use techniques to enhance the soft tissue giving a very natural contour or shaping.

To findout if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, seek a consultation first with your local cosmetic clinician before opting for the procedure. The clinician will talk with you about your current nose shape to get an understanding of what you’d like to change and discuss how he or she will proceed.

If you have considered Rhinoplasty but didn’t go through with it for medical reasons, the cost is too inhibitive or you are uncomfortable with surgery, then a non-surgical nose job might be your best option.