Downsides to the 'No-Knife Nose Job'
Aug 23, 2013 - 2:29:00 PM
The main drawback to non-surgical rhinoplasty is that the procedure is not permanent. As with dermal fillers used to fill in wrinkles, the results of nasal injections last only a few months to a year or so. In order to maintain results, the treatment must be repeated at these intervals. The hassle and expense of maintenance is a major drawback to many prospective patients.
While it may seem cheaper to undergo a quick injection with a lower initial cost, the maintenance required can boost the cost of a non-surgical rhinoplasty past that of a traditional rhinoplasty in just a few years. Since surgical rhinoplasty is permanent, there should be no ongoing cost, unless the patient decides to have a revision surgery or later touch-up performed.
Degree of Refinement
While non-surgical rhinoplasty can certainly produce admirable improvement in the appearance of the nose, there are many changes that cannot be made with fillers alone. Fillers can only provide augmentation, and are good for subtle change, but nothing more extensive. The following are some changes that require surgery:
If you do decide to pursue non-surgical rhinoplasty, it's important to seek out a respected rhinoplasty expert to perform the procedure. Because the treatment is performed with an injection instead of a scalpel, many people feel qualified to perform the procedure who do not have the finesse and knowledge to properly administer the filler. Though not as complex as surgery, non-surgical rhinoplasty requires a skilled hand and artistic touch. Unskilled application can result in an undesirable outcome or cause other, more serious problems.
Future Rhinoplasty Plans
If you are considering trying out nasal refinement by using fillers and seeking surgical correction later on, you should discuss this with your surgeon. Some fillers can make surgery more difficult in the future, and if you're using the non-surgical option as a test, you should get advice on which filler is least likely to cause problems later on.
While no permanent non-surgical options are available, some fillers are reversible, in case the patient is not pleased with the outcome. For those who have never tried non-surgical rhinoplasty, it's better to start with hyaluronic fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Perlane. Radiesse, though the longest lasting, cannot be reversed in this manner. Radiesse is popular for patients who have had fillers injected previously and do not intend to have surgery later on.
Whether you decide to move forward with a surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty, you should always consult with a number of board-certified rhinoplasty experts before you make your decision. One of the most important steps you can take is to choose a knowledgeable, experienced surgeon you trust to perform your procedure. For expert facial surgery in the Toronto area, contact Revesse at 416.438.2499 to set up a consultation with acclaimed rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Robert A. Mounsey.
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