The developments that have met the field of cosmetic surgeries over the past few decades have been nothing short of astonishing, and indeed it has left virtually no part of the face untouched. The nose is one of the most prominent parts of the face and it is capable of influencing perception about beauty.
It is not surprising therefore, that nose manipulation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. The field of “nose jobs” has evolved massively over the years, from the early days solely dominated by surgery to the non-surgical procedures that are becoming increasingly popular today.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty refers to any procedure that aims to alter the shape, structure or position of the nose through the use of injectable fillers. The incisions that are typical of surgeries are absent in this procedure and all the patient has to go through is the feeling of being pierced with a needle.
The injected substance serves to fill depressed areas in the nose, giving it appropriate shape, volume, and texture. As such, non-surgical rhinoplasty is not suitable in situations where reduction in the size of the nose is desired. In other words, it is basically an augmentation procedure.
Injection of dermal fillers into the nose is an approved treatment for the correction of nasolabial folds. It can also be done to augment the dorsum, correct asymmetry, enhance the tip of the nose and such other interventions that could improve the appearance of the nose. Furthermore, nose fillers are also injected to correct minor issues that may arise post-surgical rhinoplasty.
As explained earlier, substances known as dermal fillers are injected into different points on the nose and sometimes, the region surrounding the nose. Although various substances have been tested as dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid based fillers have become the mainstay of non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body and it works mainly by increasing the ability of the skin to retain moisture. Thus, your depressed areas of the nose become elevated in response to the volume the water retained provides. The retained moisture also has a positive effect on the overall shape and structure of the nose.
The very first step in non-surgical rhinoplasty is consultation. You need to visit a qualified expert and discuss if the procedure is right for you. You should let the doctor know the reasons why you are undertaking the procedure and what you expect from it. The doctor would, in turn, inform you of the requirements in terms of preparation and cost as well as the risks involved.
Before your non-surgical rhinoplasty, you may need to follow some general health guidelines. As with any other hyaluronic acid filler procedure, you need to let your doctor know if you are currently taking any prescription or over the counter medication. You may be advised to stop some medication, such as blood thinners, after your doctor weighs the risks and benefits. You should also avoid drinking alcohol or smoking some weeks before your procedure.
Injecting hyaluronic acid fillers is a fairly simple process and it comes with little or no discomfort. The procedure takes less than an hour, results are seen immediately and you could get back to carrying out your daily activities almost immediately after the procedure.
If you feel some discomfort after the injection, your doctor may give you an ice pack to ease the discomfort and swelling. Your doctor would also advise you to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after the procedure.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty cannot correct all nose defects. Traditional rhinoplasty is still needed for many physical abnormalities of the nose. You should, therefore, be sure you are eligible for non-surgical rhinoplasty before raising your hopes. If you have a pronounced bump, droopy tip, mildly crooked nose and such related defects, you can consider yourself a candidate for nose fillers.
If on the other hand, you fell your nose is too big, or your nose has extremely pronounced bump, a fractured nose or an overly thick nose, surgical rhinoplasty would most likely be your advised option. You, however, need to first talk to your doctor to be sure which procedure would best serve you.
Numerous hyaluronic acid fillers are available. All the available products would have been approved by the regulatory authorities so you can be sure they meet a minimum standard. They may, however, have slightly varying specifications in terms of cost, duration of activity etc. your doctor would be in the best position to advise you on which product is ideal for you. Some of the hyaluronic acid fillers include
Doctors generally tend to prefer products that come with lignocaine as its anesthetic effect ensures the procedure is completely pain-free.
Overall, dermal fillers are considered safe but the possibility of side effects cannot be completely ruled out, as with any medical procedure. Most of the side effects associated with dermal fillers are short-term side effects, occurring almost immediately after the injection and resolving in less than no time. Some prolonged side effects have, however, been reported although rare.
The temporary side effects that may be experienced include:
More severe side effects that have been reported include:
You should inform your doctor immediately you notice any severe or persistent side effect.
Compared to the surgical rhinoplasty, hyaluronic acid fillers offer a lot of advantages.
Immediately after the hyaluronic acid fillers are administered, it is normal to experience some bruising or swelling but this should resolve after a few days. Your doctor may provide ice packs to deal with the initial swelling. You are advised to avoid alcohol and exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
If the pain becomes worrying, you could opt for over the counter analgesics like paracetamol or ibuprofen. You could continue the cold compress for a few days after the procedure but remember not to apply too much pressure on the injected region. Your doctor may also give you homeopathic preparations to help with fast resolution of the pain and swelling.
Typically, the effect of hyaluronic acid fillers lasts up to 3-9 months. Repeat injections may be needed if you wish to sustain the effects of the filler. Because the duration of effect is dependent on the type of product used, your doctor should be able to provide a definite answer on how long the filler would last.
If for any reason whatsoever, you decide to discontinue the injection, you can be sure your nose would retract back to its original state.
Hyaluronic acid injections for the nose aren’t exactly cheap. Since most insurance plans would not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures or complications arising from them, you should know what you are getting into before opting for a non-surgical rhinoplasty.
The cost of the procedure largely depends on the geographical location, the experience of the practitioner and the number of injections required for the procedure. On the average, non-surgical rhinoplasty costs about £600 to £2,400. You should have it in mind that the payment is not a one-off affair, if you still desire to maintain the look, although clinics usually offer discounts to regular costumers.
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