As the central feature of your face, your nose is a focal point for the overall balance and proportion of your appearance. When there is an imperfection or asymmetry in its form, it can throw your entire look off and make you more than a little self-conscious about your appearance. However, not everyone is ready to invest in surgical nose reshaping, which involves considerable cost and recovery time. For those individuals, Dr. Barrett offers a quick, comfortable office procedure known as nonsurgical rhinoplasty.
What is Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty?
As the name suggests, this procedure offers nose reshaping without surgery. The primary tool used to perform nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a collection of dermal fillers that are designed to smooth, volumize and create symmetry. This treatment offers correction for a broad range of complaints, without the need for anesthesia, incisions or an extended recovery process. The procedure typically takes under one hour to complete, with some patients only needing a few minutes in our office to achieve stellar improvements. While the new look is only temporary, many fillers last up to one year or even longer today.
Is Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Right for You?
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a good choice for those who are unhappy with the size, shape or contours of the nose but do not want to undergo a surgical procedure to make the necessary corrections. When performed by an expert injector like Dr. Barrett, the procedure can do the following:
- Straighten a nasal bridge
- Diminish the appearance of a bump or concave
- Create symmetry between the two side of the nose
- Widen a narrow bridge
- Add shape to a pointed nasal tip
- Reduce the appearance of a turned-up nose
- Correct imperfections left behind by injury
The procedure can also be performed on individuals that are considering surgical rhinoplasty but want to “try out” the new look before moving to more permanent results. Some patients that are unhappy with the results of their initial rhinoplasty may also seek nonsurgical correction for the imperfections left behind after surgery. It is important to note that while injectables can offer noticeable improvement, they will not produce the dramatic change that can be achieved with surgical correction. Dr. Barrett will provide a comprehensive examination as well as a discussion of your needs and goals to determine whether nonsurgical rhinoplasty is the right choice for you.
Benefits of Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty
While surgery is the only way to achieve permanent improvement, there are numerous advantages to opting for a nonsurgical nose job:
- Fast procedure done right in our office
- No anesthesia, which reduces related risks
- Treatment is relatively comfortable
- No downtime after your appointment
- Results become evident soon after the procedure
- Improvements can last for 12 to 18 months with some fillers
Options in Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty
With an extensive line of dermal fillers to choose from, Dr. Barrett will tailor your treatment to your precise needs and goals. The most common fillers used for nonsurgical rhinoplasty include:
The thick, smooth consistency, as well as the durable results, make Voluma an excellent choice for nose reshaping. The hyaluronic acid filler is also preferred for adding volume to areas of the face like the cheeks and jawline. Voluma produces a very natural look when injected into the nose and can be reversed quickly and easily with an enzyme called hyaluronidase if you don’t like the effects. Most patients enjoy improvements from Voluma for 12 to 18 months when it is used for nose enhancement.
Restylane Lyft is a product in the Restylane line specifically designed for adding natural fullness to different areas of the face. This ultra-smooth hyaluronic acid filler is a good option for injecting under the thinner skin of the nose as well. The results of Restylane Lyft usually last about 12 months and can be a cost-effective option to Voluma for some patients.
Choosing Your Injector
While nonsurgical rhinoplasty has fewer risks associated with the procedure than surgery, it is a complex procedure that requires an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy, an artistic eye and precision in the placement of the needle to achieve the best possible results. Don’t trust your procedure to an inexperienced injector. In addition to his expertise in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Barrett is considered an expert injector with the ability to produce naturally balanced results for his patients. He will take the time to understand your concerns and goals and achieve the precise results you are looking for from your treatment.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty can be done in Dr. Barrett’s office and may just take a few minutes to complete. The treatment begins with a discussion about your specific concerns and goals. Dr. Barrett will listen carefully, so he understands precisely what you want to achieve with your procedure. From the discussion, he will determine the best filler to use and the exact placement of the filler to ensure your outcome meets your expectations.
Injections are not typically as painful as patients anticipate. Dr. Barrett may recommend using topical numbing cream or ice packs before the procedure to make the experience more comfortable. Numbing medicine is also contained within the filler formulation to further enhance your experience. You will likely have multiple injections, strategically placed, to create a smooth, even and natural result. Most nonsurgical rhinoplasties take between 30 minutes and one hour to complete, depending on the level of correction required.
After Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty
It is normal to have some swelling and accompanying bruising after this treatment, although the side effects are much less severe than those experienced after a surgical procedure. Swelling can last for up to a week or two and may be confused with a bad result during the time immediately following the procedure. Rest assured that once the swelling subsides, your improvements will become evident.
There is little pain associated with the recovery from nonsurgical rhinoplasty. If you do experience discomfort, it should be effectively managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. Dr. Barrett will provide you instruction on how to care for your treatment sites to prevent complications and ensure an optimal outcome. Some patients like to avoid social situations for the first few days to ensure the visible signs of their procedure are not apparent to others.
Once your results develop fully, they should last for many months. If you do not like the results, you can have hyaluronic acid fillers dissolved with a dose of hyaluronidase. If you like the effects, you can schedule additional treatments to maintain the improvements indefinitely. Some patents decide to move to surgical enhancement if they want to make the changes permanent. If you choose surgery at some point in the future, Dr. Barrett can also perform that procedure to ensure your results are similar.
New Nose, No Surgery Required
Nose reshaping without surgery is an effective way to improve your appearance and boost your confidence without incisions or downtime. The procedure can be customized to your precise needs and address a multitude of concerns. Most patients enjoy their enhancements for up to a year or even longer. With regular treatments, you can flaunt your new look indefinitely.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and expert injector, Dr. Barrett is exceptionally qualified to handle your nonsurgical rhinoplasty. He will listen to your concerns so he can tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals beautifully. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Barrett today, contact Barrett Plastic Surgery at 310-598-2648.