Rhinoplasty was for many years a plastic surgery involving a potentially dangerous procedure and a long recovery period. Nowadays, plastic surgeons promise to change this with a new generation of nose jobs based on the use of hyaluronic acid fillers.
The so-called non-surgical rhinoplasty has gained a sizeable attention from both medical professionals and patients. They see in it either the future of rhinoplasty in general or at least a helpful addition to a traditional nose job. In this article, we will try to explain what the non-surgical nose job is and what are its benefits and potential applications.
What Is a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
To put it simply, while a normal rhinoplasty trusts the scalpel and scissors, a non-surgical nose job relies on hyaluronic acid or other substances used in dermal fillers.
In classical rhinoplasty surgery, doctors reshape the nose using standard surgical techniques – bumps are removed, the tip becomes more or less pointy, the nose as whole points more upwards or downwards. All of that is possible by removal and repositioning of cartilage inside.
In non-surgical rhinoplasty, plastic surgeons attempt at giving the nose its new shape by injecting dermal fillers in strategic places, usually following the 3-point method, where hyaluronic acid or other substance is injected at the tip, sides of the dorsal hump, and the radix. The effects achievable with this treatment may be a little less spectacular than with traditional nose job but it is enough to satisfy many of the patients.
Steps of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
The non-surgical nose job is often called a ’10-minute procedure’ or a ‘lunchbreak nose job’ due to the speed this procedure is performed with. After examining the patient, the doctor applies the local anaesthesia and proceeds to inject the dermal fillers. Some of the plastic surgeons prefer to inject them in multiple small doses in order to control the effects created by hyaluronic acid. After that, patients are free to go home or come back to work with their new noses.
Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Temporary or Permanent?
It is often said that non-surgical rhinoplasty is a temporary solution and in most cases it is. Patients feeling insecure about their noses but not totally convinced when it comes to a surgical nose job may try the non-surgical one as the way to find out what shape will be the best for them. However, a permanent non-surgical nose job is available at the market. Some of the dermal fillers do not dissolve after several months, therefore posing a real alternative to a surgical procedure. Often doctors will first propose a temporary solution and proceed with a permanent filler only after the temporary one brought satisfying effects.
Recovery of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
This is one of the wonderful news regarding non-surgical nose job – there isn’t really any recovery period. Patients are free to come back to their homes or workplaces after having the procedure which takes only several minutes. The only problem may be some minor bruising and redness surrounding the area which shall also pass with time.
Cost of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
While one non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure will cost you less than a standard nose job, it is crucial to remember that it is a temporary solution. In the long term, therefore, the costs of the non-surgical procedure will outweigh the normal one. Additionally, if you choose the permanent non-surgical nose job, you will have to have it in three separate sessions which together cost roughly the same as rhinoplasty. That’s why most of the patients deciding on this new solution do it for lack of pain and problematic recovery rather than as an attempt to save some money.