Rhinoplasty is a very common cosmetic surgery in a facial plastic surgery office worldwide, especially in younger patients. Although rhinoplasty can improve both appearance and function of the nose, some may not be ready for nose job surgery.
Facial fillers and wrinkle relaxers have grown in popularity as liquid lift procedures for the cheeks, eyes, and lips. Over the past several years, facial plastic surgeons have developed an alternative approach to temporarily reshape the nose using injections.
Cosmetic surgeons have a tremendous variety of facial fillers to rejuvenate the face, with hyaluronic acid fillers being the most popular. Hyaluronic acid fillers are soft gels that can enhance an area, ex. lip augmentation. Restylane®, Juvederm®, and Belotero® are examples of these fillers.
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Washington DC rhinoplasty surgeons primarily use facial fillers on the upper 2/3 of the nose, ie. bridge area. Reducing the appearance of a bump, augmentation rhinoplasty, and improving contour irregularities in the bridge are common requests for nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty surgeons may use facial fillers in the following ways for both primary or revision nonsurgical rhinoplasty:
- root of the nose (in-between eye area) to reduce the prominence of a nasal bump and to improve profile
- side or top of nose to improve irregularities and asymmetries
- top of bridge to augment and provide more definition, more common for patients who complain of a flat or wide bridge
Topical anesthetic cream is placed on the skin for several minutes. The surgeon injects the nose with facial filler in specific areas for improvement. Discomfort is reported as minimal during treatment. In addition, bruising and swelling is also often very minimal. The before and after photographs on this page are immediately after treatment by Dr. Chaboki.
Downtime is minimal after a nonsurgical rhinoplasty, as compared to surgical rhinoplasty. Patients frequently return to work the same day or the next day after liquid lift treatments. Results with facial fillers are immediate and very long-lasting (ie. months/year), but not necessarily permanent.
Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty
Nose surgery remains the main method to permanently improve the shape of the nose. Nose reshaping with a liquid lift is a potential option for patients considering primary or revision rhinoplasty, but who are not ready for surgery.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not a replacement for surgery. Cosmetic results with filler injections are different than nose surgery. In addition, surgical rhinoplasty can improve nasal breathing and sinus function.
Keep in mind all plastic surgery is a tailored for each patient. A “best” approach for one patient may not be applicable for another patient. Top rhinoplasty specialists use a variety of methods to reshape the nose.
Dr. Chaboki, a specialist in facial cosmetic procedures, provides a comprehensive solution for patients seeking to enhance their appearance. He has contributed to scientific research on nonsurgical rhinoplasty. In addition, he can help patients breath better through the nose as well with rhinoplasty surgery.
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