People consider nose enhancement for many different reasons. Some want to change the shape and size of the nose to better complement their face; others simply want to remove bumps, create symmetry between the nostrils or tweak the look of an upturned or bulbous tip. Traditional nose jobs can accomplish any of these goals. More recently, certain non-surgical injectable products claim to improve the look of the nose, too. Here, Dr. Ary Krau offers information about both the surgical and non-surgical options to help you decide which approach might be best for you.
Surgical Nose Job
Traditional rhinoplasty (a.k.a., a “nose job”) is performed through incisions made either inside the nostrils or on the strip of skin separating the nostrils (called the columella). The incisions provide access to the underlying bones and cartilage supporting the nose.
The procedure can permanently improve the appearance of an oversized, crooked or wide nose, correct a bump or depression on the bridge of the nose, revise uneven or oversized nostrils, or address a droopy, upturned or bulbous tip. Bone and cartilage may be added or removed, and the supporting structures of the nose may be modified as needed.
Non-Surgical Nose Job with Injectables
The non-surgical nose job is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional rhinoplasty. While it cannot address all of the aesthetic issues of rhinoplasty, it can help to improve the look of the nose in certain ways. A non-surgical nose job uses dermal filler products to conceal certain deformities, smooth out the nose, enhance the bridge or revise the nasal tip. The fillers are strategically injected through tiny incisions made on and around the nose. Anesthesia is typically not needed, although a topical numbing cream can help enhance patient comfort.
Comparing the Two Options
Length of treatment: The non-surgical nose job takes as little as 30 minutes to perform, while a traditional nose job takes longer.
Post-operative side effects: Typically, non-surgical nose jobs do not produce as much post-operative swelling and bruising as traditional nose jobs do.
Results: Traditional rhinoplasty offers permanent results, whereas non-surgical nose jobs must be repeated as the body metabolizes the dermal filler (typically every few months to a year).
Consult with Dr. Krau