Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Explained
Maybe it’s because we live in an age in which we’re used to seeing our own image reflected at us on the screen. Or it could be that more people than ever are finally finding out about the non-surgical alternative to rhinoplasty.
But one thing is for sure: The non-surgical nose job is soaring in popularity right now. It’s one of our most requested non-surgical procedures, loved by men and women alike.
In this article, we take a look in detail at the painless lunch break procedure that’s putting surgeons out of a job.
How Does it Work?
A description of the traditional rhinoplasty is enough to make even the toughest of us feel squeamish.
We’ll spare you the fine details, but the procedure involves a cosmetic surgeon literally breaking and resculpting nasal bones into a more aesthetically pleasing shape.
With rhinoplasty’s non-surgical counterpart, there is (thankfully) not a chisel in sight. Instead, your cosmetic surgeon uses body-safe hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers to resculpt and redefine the nose.
HA is the same type of filler used for cheek and lip augmentation. And it’s effective at treating a whole host of aesthetic problems around the nose.
Filler can make hooked noses appear straight. They can pinch and define bulbous nose tips and give the end of the nose a little lift. Fillers can even smooth troublesome bumps.
It may seem counter-intuitive to use filler to correct bumps or make the nose appear thinner. But it makes complete sense. Injecting the filler around the bump effectively smooths the nose’s contour to create a much cleaner line without adding significant volume.
It takes an experienced, trained eye to get just right – like that of Define Clinic’s Dr Benji Dhillon, who for years has been championing the use of fillers as an alternative to surgical rhinoplasty.
So How Does it Compare?
You’ll already have spotted that non-surgical nose jobs are the less drastic option. And by getting rid of the surgical component, we can also improve on surgery’s associated cons like comfort, treatment time, recovery time, clinical risk and more.
Where surgical nose jobs require hours under the knife with extended recovery periods and time off work, their non-surgical counterparts take a matter of minutes, with no discomfort or downtime.
In fact, non-surgical nose jobs make the perfect aesthetic treatment for busy lunch hours.
What if I Hate My New Nose?
In our experience, this doesn’t happen. But you can have the filler dissolved quickly and painlessly or wait until it does so naturally in 9-18 months. Try doing that with a surgical rhinoplasty!
What Does the Procedure Entail?
If you’ve ever had facial fillers, you’ll already be familiar with the procedure. The non-surgical rhinoplasty is no different, except that we place the fillers in the nose instead of the lips, cheeks or chin.
At Define Clinic, we use our favourite Teoxane filler brand. It’s delivered by a needle or cannula. The whole thing takes around 5-10 minutes to complete and you can see the results straight away.
Afterwards, you can go about your day as usual.
Does it Hurt?
The fillers we use at Define Clinic contain small amounts of anaesthetic to make treatment more comfortable. Patients often say that non-surgical rhinoplasties aren’t exactly comfortable – but they’re not painful either.
Where comfort is concerned, fillers are the clear winners over surgery.
How Long do Results Last?
Alongside comfort, longevity is the other big difference between surgery and fillers. And whether this a pro or a con depends on how you look at it.
Fillers typically last 12-18 months with an improved lifespan if you top up regularly.
But once you leave the theatre – love it or hate it – your surgical rhinoplasty is for life.
Safety and Side Effects
The HA fillers used for non-surgical rhinoplasty are body-safe. They’re biodegradable and break down naturally in the body over a year or so. In particular, Teoxane fillers are backed by years of safe use.
The non-surgical rhinoplasty is, generally speaking, a low-risk procedure. The most common side effects are mild bruising, redness or swelling around the injection site but these rarely last longer than a day or two.
As a matter of course, Define patients are also made aware of other extremely rare side effects like allergies and tissue damage before getting underway with treatment.