As it occupies the center of the face, the nose plays a major role in our aesthetic appearance. For many people, either the bridge of the nose or the nose tip is too prominent on non-symmetrical, leading to an unbalanced facial appearance. Structural issues with the bone and cartilage of the nasal passages can also lead to breathing and medical complications.
Over the years, patients have been able to turn to surgical rhinoplasty to rectify both functional and aesthetic issues with their noses. Relatively recently, plastic surgeons have begun to offer non-surgical rhinoplasty as well.
Here, San Antonio’s leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jose Barrera, explains the difference between non-surgical and surgical rhinoplasty, and guides patients towards the nose modification procedure which best suits them.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a purely aesthetic procedure.
Using dermal fillers — premium-grade Restalyne in particular — your plastic surgeon can change the shape and contours of your nose by using injections. A large dorsal hump, or prominent bridge, is very well concealed with dermal fillers, and the tip of the nose can be projected further outwards.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is very effective at providing rapid results with little to no downtime after the surgery. However, the procedure is not permanent. Results generally last nine months, after which time you will need follow-up injections to maintain your desired aesthetic.
In non-surgical rhinoplasty, the bone, cartilage, and function of the nasal passages remain entirely unaltered.
Surgical Rhinoplasty Options
Patients looking for a more permanent solution, or needing structural change to the nose, will require surgical intervention.
A new surgical rhinoplasty, preservation rhinoplasty, significantly reduces the recovery time and better maintains the natural character of a person’s nose while providing the aesthetic changes desired. Preservation rhinoplasty is done using either a “let down” or “push up” procedure. This is achieved by altering the tissue underneath the nose bridge cartilage and bone, thus maintaining the natural nasal lines while adjusting the height of the bridge. Preservation rhinoplasty can reshape a hump into a straight or gentle slope of the nose and reduces the need for cartilage grafts.
Finally, a standard rhinoplasty alters either the appearance or internal structure of the nose. Dr. Barrera will most often use rhinoplasty when breathing is impaired by a misalignment of nasal cartilage and bone. Patients undergoing surgical rhinoplasty can choose to either only alter the internal structure, or also change the physical appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty with cartilage grafts helps structure the nose to improve shape, breathing, and refinement of the nose
Dr. Barrera also offers revision rhinoplasty for those who have had ineffective rhinoplasty surgery in the past.
Non-Surgical and Surgical Rhinoplasty in San Antonio, Texas
Which rhinoplasty option best suits you depends entirely on your circumstances. If you are looking for a quick-fix to your nose aesthetics, which looks incredible but won’t last forever, then a non-surgical rhinoplasty using dermal fillers is your best choice.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for an advanced surgical option to changing your nose permanently, and want to maintain as much of your natural contour as possible, then preservation rhinoplasty is likely a good solution.
Finally, if you want to change your nose’s appearance and structure, either for functional or aesthetic purposes, then Dr. Barrera will likely recommend standard rhinoplasty.