Injectable rhinoplasty is a non-surgical approach to reshaping the nose. In essence, injectable dermal fillers are injected under the skin of the nose to provide volume and re-contour the shape. Injection rhinoplasty allows a person to change the shape of the nose while completely avoiding surgery and scars.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not new, but has improved as various temporary and permanent injectable fillers have been developed. In injection rhinoplasty, a facial plastic surgeon uses an injectable dermal filler to alter the shape and size of the nose. It may be injected into the nasal bridge to provide a sort of nose lift. A dermal filler may also be used to “fill in” depressed areas or build up tissue surrounding bumps or humps. Lastly, dermal fillers can be used to create a more symmetrical nose (and face) while improving the nose’s profile silhouette.
Most dermal fillers are composed of gel-like liquids with brand names such as Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane. Injectable fillers may be temporary or permanent, depending on whether the substance is naturally broken down and absorbed by the body. Another permanent dermal filler option is autologous fat transfer. In autologous fat transfer, fat from the patient’s own body is removed by liposuction, purified, and injected back into the nose.
Injection rhinoplasty may or may not be performed under local anesthesia, depending on patient preference and the degree of filler used in a single location. In most cases, only a topical anesthetic (spray anesthetic or anesthetic cream) is used. General anesthesia is not required unless it will be combined with liposuction as part of autologous fat transfer. The area may be treated with antiseptic to sterilize the treatment area. Let your facial plastic surgeon know if you have sensitive skin.
Injection rhinoplasty may be completed in less than 30 minutes and is performed as an outpatient procedure. No hospital stay is required. Some tenderness, redness, or mild pain in the nose or surrounding facial muscles may occur, lasting for no more than 24 hours in most cases. Depending on the filler used, the full effect of the injection rhinoplasty may take up to 5 days. Repeated treatments may be required to enhance the effect.
Injection rhinoplasty is attractive to many prospective patients because it is far less expensive than traditional surgical rhinoplasty. A traditional rhinoplasty is a costly procedure and includes the surgical facility cost, anesthesia, lab tests, and prescriptions like antibiotics and pain relievers. Injection rhinoplasty, on the other hand, costs one-tenth the price in some cases. Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, injection rhinoplasty has no recovery time, no bandages, no splints, and no bruising.
Injection rhinoplasty is not as permanent as surgical rhinoplasty, however; it only lasts as long as the filler itself. Temporary dermal fillers may last between 6 months to two years while permanent fillers may last 4 years or more. Some patients initially prefer the temporary effects of injection rhinoplasty. The procedure can give a person a true example of the way a traditional surgical rhinoplasty may look. If the change is not what the person had imagined, the effects will diminish in a matter of months. Importantly, injection rhinoplasty can only add volume to the nose, not make it smaller. People who desire a smaller nose are better suited to have traditional surgical rhinoplasty