Rhinoplasty vs Non-Surgical Nose Job
Who Can Benefit From Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical nose job, also known as a non-surgical, injection rhinoplasty, or the “15-minute nose job”, can be a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative (with less pain and less downtime as an added bonus) for those who may have otherwise considered surgical rhinoplasty. For those who can’t afford surgery or the downtime associated with surgery, or for those who are simply afraid to actually go under the knife, it can be quite a relief to hear that there is such an option available.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be useful to:
- Raise a flat bridge – the most popular procedure for Asians
- Reduce the appearance of a “bump” by filling out the surrounding tissue
- Reduce or eliminate unsightly depressions, dents, or grooves
- Improve symmetry
- Create a lifting effect on a drooping nasal tip
How Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Is Done
Tiny amounts of an injectable dermal filler (such as Juvederm & Restylane) are injected into areas that need to be filled out to achieve a smoother, more symmetrical appearance. The filler is injected in miniscule amounts using what is called a microdroplet technique. The latest technique used in our clinic these days involve the use of a micro-cannula (a blunt needle) which ensures less bruising, less risk of damaging any nerve of blood vessel, while ensuring brilliant results.
Results are immediate and patients will have the chance to review the results and if needed, more filler will be injected to create a ‘higher’ nose bridge or a sharper nose. The best part about dermal fillers is there is very minimal to zero downtime!
Is It Safe?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty does not require general anaesthesia or IV sedation. Only a local anaesthetic is used, and most dermal fillers used in our clinic these days come pre-filled with local anaesthetic allowing patients to be comfortable throughout the procedure. Because of this and the fact that there is no actual cutting involved, this method carries so much less risk than a surgical rhinoplasty procedure. Being non-permanent, it can also be easily dissolved by using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. Procedures can be reversed easily with this enzyme, giving it the flexibility of being reversible compared to surgical rhinoplasty. There are, however, some risks, which include:
- Hyper-sensitivity reactions but they are very rare as these days, Juvederm & Restylane fillers are made of non animal sources
- Infection but with careful clinical practice, the risk of infection is the same as getting your vaccination jab!
- “Lumpy”, asymmetrical, or otherwise unsatisfactory aesthetic results so ensure you are being injected by a trained & qualified medical doctor
- Nasal skin damage, which usually happens due to injection into blood vessels. The use of micro-cannulas help reduce this tremendously.
There are also risks associated specifically with silicone injections, such as migration (movement of the silicone to another part of the face or body), and the formation of granulomas. However, these problems are very rarely associated with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. So always ensure that you know what is being injected into you and always ensure the injector is a trained and qualified medical doctor licensed to perform the procedure! There have been too many cases of beauticians pretending to be medical doctors performing dermal filler injections with ill results!
So which should I go for?
The age old conundrum of whether to go for a surgical rhinoplasty or a non-surgical 15 minute nose job has always been a huge dilemma for patients. However, with the advancement in non-permanent dermal fillers which have shown to be very safe and non-migrating, the decision is made easier these days.
Patients who cannot accept having a permanent nose job, patients who can’t afford the downtime associated with surgery, or even patients who rather not take the risks of anaesthesia and surgery should all consider the great advantages of having dermal fillers done instead. Just ensure that the filler injected is US FDA approved and the injection is performed by a licensed, qualified, and trained medical doctor. With latest findings pointing towards rapid collagen growth and long lasting results even after fillers are dissolved, what’s there to lose by going for non permanent dermal fillers?
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