A relatively recent breakthrough in the cosmetic industry is non-surgical rhinoplasty. Irregularities can be corrected using dermal fillers (either temporary or long-lasting), which allows patients to change their appearance without having to undergo rhinoplasty surgery.
This relatively quick procedure requires no anaesthesia and offers minimal downtime. Most fillers will leave residual redness and slight tenderness for a few hours to days, slight swelling and occasional bruising, however the results of injectable rhinoplasty are typically immediate.
Candidates for this procedure are typically those with minor external nasal deformities, depressions, asymmetries or who have a collapsed nasal bridge or saddle nose. It can also be effective for post-surgical rhinoplasty corrections where the result has been less than satisfactory.
Other applications for non-surgical rhinoplasty are bridge augmentation, correction of a hump on the dorsum of the nose, making the nose rounder if the bridge is squarish or beaky in shape, and rounding and shaping of the nasal tip. The tip of a drooping nose can also be lifted by 1 or 2mm by injecting the filler at the base of the nose so that it forces the tip upwards.
For people who have realistic expectations of what can be achieved without surgery, non-surgical rhinoplasty using cosmetic injectables can offer an effective option in achieving a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing result.
Creating a well-proportioned face may require more than a single procedure. Cheek and chin augmentation can be performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty to complement the nose and to achieve balance and harmony among other facial features.
Sometimes the new nose can make an average chin appear smaller in proportion. A small chin may also make the nose appear larger than it really is. Chin augmentation can build up a receding or weak chin and contribute to an overall balanced profile. An implant is usually inserted through the inside of the lower lip, so the incision is completely hidden.
It is also possible to add balance to the face by building up and enhancing the cheekbones using implants. Also placed through a small incision in the mouth, they give the ‘high cheekbone’ look.
When patients seek rhinoplasty, they are often concerned about their profile. It is not necessarily about wanting a bigger or smaller nose, but a nose that better ‘fits’ their other facial features.