Non-surgical rhinoplasty

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It is well accepted that every surgical method is associated with some risks. The risks may be common, uncommon, mild, or severe, but those would scare people. Sometimes, people avoid doing surgeries only because of their fear. If they do, surgeries are always associated with stress. 

For this reason, many people want to find alternative methods. Surgeons or physicians are also seeking alternative ways for their patients to reduce their fear and also the risks of the procedure. For cosmetic surgeries, as well as for rhinoplasty, there is also an alternative non-surgical method, which is called non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty caught the attention of people who want to have a less complicated cosmetic procedure to enhance their beauty. This article will cover a piece of overall information about non-surgical rhinoplasty, procedures, benefits, risks, duration, recovery time, expectations, and cost. 



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What is non-surgical rhinoplasty

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes the nose, but in a different way than common surgical methods. It is also called “liquid rhinoplasty” or “liquid nose job” or “15-minute nose job”. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure that injects a dermal filler into the nose to reshape its shape. 

This procedure is advised only in some cases; for instance, for those who want to smooth out their nose bumps or want to make their nose less angular, but who have fear about risks of surgical procedure of nose job. As we mentioned above, the main reason for performing this non-surgical procedure is fear and worry about surgical rhinoplasty procedure. 

However, it should be noted that this procedure is not completely risk-free. Although complications and risks of a needle are considerably less than a surgical blade or knife, it is also a nose shape modifying procedure and may be associated with some risks. 


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What are non-surgical rhinoplasty benefits

Non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure has many advantages over the surgical method of rhinoplasty. We can list them as follows:

· It can correct nose balance and structure issues

· It has fewer side effects and risks than the traditional procedure

· It does not need to general anesthesia 

· There is no need for splints

· It has no downtime (quick recovery time)

· It is not associated with swelling or bruises of the face

· It has a much lower cost



Who can benefit from a non-surgical rhinoplasty

For those who want to have subtle changes in their nose, a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure can render dramatic improvements. It can correct multiple nose structure or symmetry issues. It should be noted that injecting filler ingredients will add volume in certain areas of the nose. Therefore, remember that it is only good for nose augmentation purposes. 

In summary, non-surgical rhinoplasty can correct these nose profile issues:

· Correct nose asymmetry

· Correct acne scars on the nose by filling

· Correct a pinched look

· Correct bumps on the bridge

· Heighten the bridge

· Fill in depressions

· Lift a drooping or downward-pointing nose tip

· Make the tip of the nose more prominent

· Making more balanced and appropriate

· Alter the width of the nose

· Smooth out the contour of the nose profile

· Add volume to the nose (nose augmentation)





Who is not a suitable candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty

As discussed above, the non-surgical nose job is suitable for applying minor changes to the nose. However, for making dramatic changes and differences and for reducing nose size, this procedure is not appropriate and useful. 

In summary, non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot correct these nose profile issues:

  • Make the nose smaller (nose reduction)
  • Produce drastic differences
  • If the patient is allergic to any compositions of the filler
  • If the nose skin is swollen, irritated, or infected
  • If the patient is breastfeeding or pregnant



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How does non-surgical rhinoplasty work

Liquid or non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure is a relatively simple procedure, as compared with the surgical method of rhinoplasty. In this procedure, after completing the medical history and physical examination of the patient, the doctor will advise his/her on non-surgical rhinoplasty if he/she is an appropriate candidate. 

The doctor will lie down the patient and tilted up his/her face. To avoid pain sensation during the procedure, the doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to the patient nose and its surrounding area. 

After that, the doctor will inject a filler ingredient into the target areas, using a fine needle. Between injections, the doctor should massage the nose to manipulate the filler and thereby achieve desired nose shape. 

The target areas for injecting filling ingredients may be:

  • Nose tip
  • Nose bridge
  • Sides of the nose
  • Any part around the nose



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What type of nose fillers are used in non-surgical rhinoplasty

In non-surgical rhinoplasty, the doctor will inject dermal filler ingredients into target areas of the nose to change the shape of the nose. The filler ingredient should be a gel-like substance, which is applied under the skin of the target areas. The most common filler ingredient is hyaluronic acid. However, in some cases, calcium hydroxylapatite and Botox are also used. 

The filler ingredient which is injected into deeper layers of the skin, will fill the area, create smoothness and hold the nose shape. Therefore, it can reshape the nose of the patient. 



How long does the liquid rhinoplasty procedure take

As liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical method, it does not take long. The whole process from preparing to applying the anesthetic and the procedure itself can take less than 15 minutes up to 45 minutes. That is, it does not take more than 45 minutes. 



What’s the recovery time of non-surgical rhinoplasty

One of the huge benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty is that it practically has no recovery time. In another word, the patient can go home right after the procedure. Therefore, when people are very busy with their work and also want to reshape their nose, they can choose non-surgical rhinoplasty (only if they are an appropriate candidate), because they can continue their day as usual, without any downtime. 


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What should I expect with non-surgical rhinoplasty

Non-surgical nose job is an effective and also fast procedure, so downtime is minimum after a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Although it is a simple process, some signs and symptoms may visible. Those may include redness, pain, and sometimes swelling in the injection site. A numbing cream is usually applied to the nose for the comfort of the patient. 

The redness, swelling and bruising quickly fade. It is also controllable by an ice pack (but the patient should consult with his/her doctor before any action). The redness should go down after one or two hours because the injection will subsist within this period. The results should be completely visible after one or two weeks because redness and bruise will subside thereafter. 



What if I don’t like nose fillers results

Unlike the surgical method of nose job, the result of non-surgical rhinoplasty is not permanent. It is temporary and if a patient is unhappy with the result, he/she can wait until the filler ingredient dissolves naturally over time. However, there is another option, which is a dissolving enzyme, called hyaluronidase. After injection of this enzyme, the nose will return to its natural shape.



How much does a non-surgical rhinoplasty cost

The cost of non-surgical rhinoplasty is varied, depending on the patient's condition, clinic, city, or country in which is performed. Based on the extent of the filling and number of ingredients and type of ingredient required to achieve ideal correction, the price is different. It is a totally customized procedure. 

However, the non-surgical nose job is a highly affordable procedure for correcting nose issues and improving face balance, as compared with the surgical method of rhinoplasty. The price of a surgical rhinoplasty is about four or five times the cost of non-surgical rhinoplasty. 

In summary, there are many factors that affect the cost of this non-surgical procedure. A consultation with a specialist or physician is needed to find out about this option and also about its price. 

Those factors that affect the price of the procedure are as follows:

  • The extent of corrections based on procedure objectives and target areas (down-pointing nose tip, hump on the bridge, asymmetry, and so on)
  • The type of filler (hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or Botox) 
  • The amount of filler that is needed for corrections (number of units)
  • The technique used by the practitioner


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What are the risks or side effects of non-surgical rhinoplasty

Like any other cosmetic procedure, non-surgical rhinoplasty has some side effects and risks. One of the obvious negative points of this procedure is that it is not permanent. The filler ingredient will dissolve after a while. 

Another considerable risk of non-surgical rhinoplasty is the injection of the filler into a blood vessel. The nose has complicated anatomy of arteries and veins. This network of blood vessels is also responsible for supplying blood to the skin. The small arteries and veins are also connected to the eyes. 

Injection of filler ingredients into the blood vessel can lead to significant complications. If the filler is injected into a blood vessel of the skin, it will damage the vessel. Disrupting the blood supply of the skin will lead to skin necrosis. In addition, skin infections are also possible. 

If the filler ingredient is injected into the blood vessel that supplies blood to the eyes, it can lead to reduced vision, or in severe cases, it can lead to blindness. 

These mentioned risks are not for scaring, because their frequency of occurrence is very low. The occurrence is highly dependent on the experience of the doctor and his/her knowledge of the anatomy of blood vessels. Therefore, a well-experienced doctor must choose this procedure, so patients should only consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. 



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