Non-surgical rhinoplasty: Everything You Need to Know, it is the process of changing the shape of the nose by injecting dermal fillers. Although this procedure is fast, inexpensive, and does not require a surgical incision, it also has risks. Also, the results are temporary.
If you’re considering a non-surgical rhinoplasty, learn more about the procedure and what it entails from beginning to finish.
What is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed by a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. Sometimes a numbing cream/ointment is applied to the skin around the nose for topical anesthesia.
During the procedure, the surgeon strategically injects fillers into specific areas inside the nose. Depending on your goals, fillers can correct or flatten the appearance of bumps, elevate the bridge of the nose, fill in the pits, and/or improve the general appearance of nasal symmetry. With the nasal filling process, the nose-lip angle can be changed by injecting a filler between the cartilages of the nose tip, and the nasal tip is filled by filling the nose tip. height can be increased.
The results of non-surgical rhinoplasty are immediate, but they are not permanent and the effect usually lasts for a year. Patients can go home immediately after the procedure is completed.
Nose Filling Types
There are different dermal fillers that the surgeon can use to perform non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Most commonly, hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm are used. If fillers are accidentally injected in the wrong place, they can dissolve.
Certain medical conditions may prevent you from being a candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty, such as:
- History of autoimmune disease or bleeding disorder
- Known hypersensitivity/allergy to the filler or one of its ingredients
- Signs of swelling, redness, infection, or cancerous lesion near your nose
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Unrealistic expectations or body dysmorphic disorder
In some cases, a waiting period or medical treatment may be required before your surgeon can perform non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Examples of such cases:
- If you are taking medications or supplements that thin your blood
- If you have herpes or any other facial skin condition (eg acne or rosacea)
Risks associated with non-surgical rhinoplasty include:
- Redness, swelling, tenderness, or bruising in the area where the filler was injected, necrosis
- Hematoma (blood accumulation)
- Infection, including the formation of granulomas (small clumps of white blood cells)
- Unsatisfactory aesthetic results (for example, asymmetry or lumps felt under the skin)
- Allergic reaction to the filler
Although very rare, it is also possible for the filler to be injected into a blood vessel rather than under the skin.
If this event occurs, blood flow can be blocked, which can cause skin rot and necrosis (tissue death). In addition, vision loss can occur if the artery feeding the retina of the eye is blocked.
Purpose of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
The goal of non-surgical rhinoplasty is to reshape a person’s nose without cutting or removing tissue, it cannot improve breathing problems or correct internal defects such as septal deviation.
Potential candidates for non-surgical rhinoplasty include patients who have and are disturbed by one or more of the following nasal characteristics:
Noses with small bumps, depressions, cavities
- Asymmetrical or curved nose
- Nose tip sagging
- “Bucket” or “saddle nose” profile
This procedure can also be done in patients considering surgical rhinoplasty who want to understand what the results might look like before making a permanent change.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty may also be a reasonable option for patients who have had previous surgical rhinoplasty and who want minor revisions.
However, since fillers involve injecting volume into the nose, non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a good choice for patients who want to shrink a large nose. They need surgery.
A non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot give you a completely symmetrical nose. As always, the reason for cosmetic surgery is an improvement, not “perfection.”
Because general anesthesia is not used, medical and anesthetic clearing with blood work or various tests (eg, electrocardiogram) is not usually necessary.
However, if you are taking medications that must be stopped before the procedure, you may need to stop.
How to be prepared
Before your procedure, your surgeon will give you instructions on how to prepare. Failure to comply with these may delay your transaction.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is done in the office of a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon.
Wear comfortable clothes on the day of your procedure. It’s best to wear a zip-up or button-down shirt or dress so you don’t accidentally bump your nose while undressing at the end of the day.
Although you don’t need to fast, your surgeon may ask you to avoid caffeinated and high-sodium/sugar foods a day or two before your rhinoplasty appointment to help minimize swelling after the procedure.
You must bring your ID on the day of your transaction.
Your surgeon will likely want you to not schedule any vaccinations, medical, dental, or cosmetic procedures (eg, colonoscopy, dental cleaning, laser resurfacing) for the three weeks leading up to your appointment.
What to Expect on Your Procedure Day
On the day of your non-surgical rhinoplasty, you will come to your surgeon’s office and check in. You may need to show your ID at this time.
Before the Procedure
After check-in, you will be taken to a processing room. A nurse will check your blood values.
Your surgeon will then come to meet you and review the features of the procedure, the expected outcome, and the potential risks, including the possibility of unsatisfactory results. You may need to sign a consent form just before the procedure.
Next, your surgeon will use a special pen to identify and mark important areas on your face. These signs will guide while injecting the fillers. Photographs of your face can also be taken for before/after comparison.
Finally, if you are receiving local anesthesia, a nurse will clean and disinfect your skin and apply a numbing cream/ointment around your nose. You will lie in the treatment room for about 20 minutes while the anesthetic takes effect.
During the Procedure
The process will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The surgeon can inject into different areas in and around your nose for aesthetic purposes.
Example injection sites include:
- Above and below a bump/hump on the nose to improve the angle between the nose and forehead
- Near the columella (tissue at the bottom of the nose that separates your nostrils)
- Around the tip of the nose
- Above the upper lateral cartilage of the nose
Note: You may feel a slight pinching or pressure sensation while receiving the injections. During injections, your surgeon may massage the skin of your nose to achieve the desired shape.
After all, injections are done, the surgeon will place an ice pack over your nose to help reduce any sudden swelling or discomfort.
After the Procedure
It is normal to feel slight numbness or tenderness in your nose and some swelling or redness for a day or two after the procedure. Bruising may also occur, but the appearance will improve completely within a week or two at the latest.
After a non-surgical rhinoplasty, your doctor will give you instructions for doing it at home.
These instructions usually include:
Avoid vigorous movements or movement/massage/rubbing of injection sites for 24 hours after the procedure.
- Apply ice packs or cold compresses to your nose for 10 to 20 minutes every hour for the first or two days after the procedure.
- Sleep with your head high at night.
- Avoid sun, alcohol, or salty foods after surgery to help minimize swelling and redness.
You may also be asked not to wear glasses or sunglasses for about two weeks or longer if you have had an injection into the bridge of the nose.