Nose jobs without surgery I hear you gasp. Yes! Fabulous, don’t you think? The best part is that it’s not a craze; non-surgical rhinoplasties in my experience have left the majority of clients in tears of joy. It is something that they want but have never had the courage to go through a surgical procedure.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a Medico-aesthetic procedure in which injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid, or collagen are used to alter the shape of a person’s nose without surgery.
Non-surgical aesthetic procedures have been present since time itself; however, early attempts at non-surgical rhinoplasties often resulted in painful and severe complications. The products used ranged from paraffin wax to even silicone!
Dr Andrew Tuan Ahn Lee; was one of the first to pioneer the use of soft dermal fillers in nasal re-shaping in the early 2000’s. So
non-surgical rhinoplasties have been successfully practiced for over 16 years.
Non-surgical rhinoplasties will appeal to anyone who cannot bear the thought of surgery and, as the aim of the procedure is to fill depressed areas on the nose, lifting and re-shaping the tip and smoothing out the appearance of bumps on the bridge of the nose; it appeals to all nose types.
So what happens when you visit your practitioner and point out that you have inherited your fathers nose and though you love your dad, maybe his nose doesn’t fit your face?
Before anything can happen, a thorough consultation with an experienced medical aesthetic practitioner must occur to assess the suitability of this procedure. It’s important at this point that you, as a client, understand that the nose size is not altered.
The procedure should take no longer than 10-15minutes. It really is the lunchtime nose job with results that last up to 18 months.
Before any treatment can commence it’s advisable to have some surface anaesthesia; not necessarily because it’s a painful procedure, rather it helps remove the sting of a sharp needle.
You will then be made comfortable in a semi recumbent position, pictures are taken and the practitioner will really study your face and nose. (This might seem strange because they seem to be really looking at you… my advice, close your eyes.)
A dermal filler is then injected into the areas of concern and massaged gently into place. The dermal filler that has been used with confidence in my practice is PERFECTHA Deep.
There is a small degree of swelling, redness and tenderness which passes very quickly.
You will also be given written and verbal post procedural advice such as avoid makeup, vigorous exercise and heavy glasses over the bridge of the nose.
The difference between non-surgical rhinoplasties & surgical rhinoplasties
Surgical rhinoplasties are one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures in the surgical aesthetic industry. These are not easy, they require a good base in technical know-how and good surgical skill, it’s imperative to choose a reputable plastic/ENT surgeon with good history of cases.
There are other factors to consider with surgical rhinoplasties including risks with general anaesthesia, post operative care/downtime and complications with tissue breakdown and infections. Then the unveiling after weeks/months of waiting…. The result is unpredictable and permanent. It is also important to note that it can be an expensive procedure.
This is where our dermal fillers take centre stage.
- Only local anaesthesia is required, so no risk of general anaesthetic.
- There is little pain involved
- Detailed surface adjustments can be made providing a more pleasing and precise result.
- The client, you, are fully involved
- There is less downtime with only a couple of days for mild swelling and redness
- There are less post procedural complications. The two main complications that we look for are infections and blood vessel blockage. With careful injection technique and good aftercare both of these pose minimal and rare risks.
- The results are temporary, reversible and rival to the surgical result.
- The procedure is affordable
- Instant results! Joy and astonishment mixed with years of frustration all released and emptied… a cathartic process.