Is a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Right for You?

There are different ways to improve the appearance of the nose both surgically and non-surgically. Some patients are better candidates for a surgical rhinoplasty (nose job) while other’s are completely happy with their results from a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Keep reading to see if a non-surgical rhinoplasty is right for you.

Surgical Rhinoplasty

A surgical rhinoplasty can change many aspects of the nose to achieve both aesthetic and functional outcomes. A rhinoplasty can make the nose straighter, more narrow and lift or manipulate the tip of the nose. No two noses are alike making surgery incredibly individualized with each patient. The appearance of a person’s nose may not fit the facial features of another person so it’s best to rely on the artistic eye of an experienced facial plastic surgeon to help you determine what is best for you.

Nasal surgery can also improve the function of the nose by repositioning or reshaping cartilage and/or bone. Breathing concerns can only be addressed with surgery after other therapies have failed, such as nasal sprays and oral medications.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

A non-surgical rhinoplasty, or liquid rhinoplasty, has become increasingly popular thanks to the little-to-no down time associated with treatment. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm Ultra, Restylane, and Restylane Lyft, are examples of fillers that can be injected to straighten or reshape the appearance of the nose. We say “appearance” of the nose because filler isn’t actually “changing” the structure of the nasal bone or cartilage. The nose isn’t actually more straight or symmetric but will appear that way with strategically placed filler. It does typically take 2-3 appointments to get the achieved outcome, which then lasts approximately 6-12 months. Touch-ups are required once to twice a year for continued results.

A non-surgical rhinoplasty is great for patients who need small tweaks to make the nose more aesthetically pleasing. Many individuals start with a non-surgical rhinoplasty and then have a surgical rhinoplasty done once they have saved enough funds or or have the time to move forward.

Precautions with a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures have their advantages and risks. Some individuals may think that filler with a non-surgical rhinoplasty is “safer” but just like surgery, filler also comes with risks. A very rare but serious complication with filler is vascular occlusion (tissue death) and blindness.

To reduce the chances of complication with either option, be sure to see a facility with well-trained providers who offer both non-surgical and surgical options and know what to do in case of an emergency. During your initial consultation, look for someone who fully explains both the risks and benefits to you.

To learn more about rhinoplasties, contact us HERE or call our office at (801) 776-2220.

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