Nervous about taking the rhinoplasty plunge? Try this low-commitment option
Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as a non-surgical nose job, injection rhinoplasty, or the “15-minute nose job”, can be a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative (less downtime as an added bonus) for those who may have otherwise considered surgical rhinoplasty.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be useful to:
- Reduce the appearance of a “bump” by filling out the surrounding tissue
- Reduce or eliminate unsightly depressions, dents, or grooves
- Improve symmetry
- Create a lifting effect on a drooping nasal tip
- Raise and define a flat bridge or de-emphasize a rounded tip (popular in Asian and African-American populations)
- Correct a “scooped out” or “saddle-nose” profile (whether you’re born with it or it is the result of previous surgical rhinoplasty)
For those who can’t afford the expense or downtime associated with surgery, or for those who are simply afraid to actually have surgery, it can be quite a relief to hear that there is such an option available.
Tiny amounts of an injectable dermal filler (such as Fat Grafting, Radiesse® or Juvéderm®) are injected into areas that need to be filled out to achieve a smoother, more symmetrical appearance. The filler is injected in minuscule amounts using what is called a microdroplet technique with a blunt tip cannula. This procedure is not exactly a quick fix, as the end result is only achieved after a series of several treatments, with at least 4-6 weeks in between sessions. This gradual approach is necessary because of the way these fillers work: After injection, your body’s defenses begin working to “wall off” each microdroplet of the filler material, forming a capsule of tissue that holds it in position. Over a period of time, the natural tissue built up around the filler creates more volume in the area, so the result cannot be accurately judged at the end of each injection session. Only after the prescribed amount of time is it possible for you and Dr. Berman to judge if and where more injections are needed, as well as how much is needed.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty does not require general anesthesia or IV sedation. Only a local anesthetic is used, sometimes in conjunction with an oral sedative to relax the patient. Because of this and the fact that there is no actual cutting involved, this method carries less risk than a surgical rhinoplasty procedure. There are, however, some risks, which include:
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- “Lumpy”, asymmetrical, or otherwise unsatisfactory aesthetic results
- Nasal skin damage
- It is believed that the microdroplet method with a blunt tip cannula significantly reduces the risk of complications.
If you want a smaller nose, a thinner bridge, a large bump removed, or a narrower tip, this procedure will not accomplish your goals. Non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot improve breathing problems or correct internal defects such as a deviated septum. Nor can it (or any other procedure) give you a “perfect”, completely symmetrical nose. As always, the goal of cosmetic surgery is an improvement, not perfection.