Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Pasadena
While many of us may have cosmetic concerns regarding the shape and overall appearances of our noses, not everyone wants the permanent solution offered by surgery. Often, a new contour to the nose can be achieved without any significant recovery time during a single visit to the Chow Center. The non-surgical rhinoplasty is a relatively recent development in the history of facial plastic surgery.
Although dermal fillers have been used to provide volume in the face for many years, starting with products such as bovine collagen, improved, longer lasting fillers have only become widely available for cosmetic use since the start of the new millennium. Even more recently, several of these same fillers have been used to provide an alternative solution for reshaping the nose. As this is a non-surgical procedure, there are no incisions of any kind. Instead, cosmetic fillers such as Vollure, Juvederm, or Restylane are injected during an office visit. These can correct underdeveloped nasal bridges, unsightly bumps, and/or irregularities present on the nose.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Voluma, Vollure, Juvederm, or Restylane (Lyft) are dermal fillers which are ideal for reshaping the nose. Unsightly bumps, depressions, and irregularities can be hidden with the use of this multi-functional product.
* Individual results may vary.
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Non-surgical rhinoplasty can also be an advantage for those desiring nasal reshaping, as the nonsurgical rhinoplasty can be a “trial” period prior to the permanent results of surgical rhinoplasty. You can always see if you like the changes of not only your nose, but also the face as a whole, before committing to surgery.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
The ideal candidate is a person who has slight flaws in the shape and size of their nose who are not comfortable with undergoing surgery to change their nose. Non-Surgical rhinoplasty is not recommended for people who need functional improvement, which is possible only by traditional rhinoplasty. If you want to make your nose smaller, then the only way to do it is by surgery.
Non-Surgical rhinoplasty can be used to alter the bridge, sides and the tip of the nose.
Fillers injected around any part of the nose will modify the shape effectively. Good reasons to do this are:
- Even out little bumps on the nose
- Make the tip of the nose more prominent
- Add volume
- Lift the tip
If you think that the bump on the bridge of your nose is too prominent, you can camouflage it with this procedure.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty vs. The Traditional Procedure
The first method is a good choice if you want to experiment and find out how you can get the appearance changed. You can avoid getting general anesthesia and recovery is quick. Anyone who chooses nonsurgical rhinoplasty can get back to work the next day and resume normal activities right away. Be aware that the results from this procedure are not long-term. It is also less expensive. This procedure can reshape the nose and address minor issues. You will need to undergo traditional surgery to fix serious breathing problems.
Traditional rhinoplasty results are permanent. Once you get it done, you don’t have to schedule touch-up injections. The recovery period is longer, and you will have to exercise some care before resuming regular activities. If you have specific medical issues, you can get insurance coverage for this procedure, unlike nonsurgical rhinoplasty.
The procedure itself generally takes less than 15 minutes. It can be done in the office without any “downtime,” and patients have chosen to return to work right after the procedure. A numbing cream or ointment can be used beforehand to minimize discomfort.
Not every nose is ideal for nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Because a dermal filler such as Radiesse, Juvederm, or Restylane will be injected, the final nose will have greater volume. Therefore, the procedure is ideal for those with very low (or no!) nasal bridges, as the additional volume can produce a higher, more attractive nasal bridge. The nonsurgical rhinoplasty is popular among Asians for this reason. It can also be used to smooth irregularities such as unsightly bumps or depressions. For significant changes to the tip or nostrils, a rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping surgery, is recommended
Before the Procedure
During your initial consultation, Dr. Jen Chow will perform a complete history and physical examination of your face and nose to determine if nonsurgical rhinoplasty is the appropriate solution for your cosmetic concerns. He will fully explain the risks and benefits of the procedure, taking the time to answer any questions you may have.
Before having the injections, you should avoid taking medications, supplements, or herbal remedies that thin your blood and increase your chances of bruising. Any over the counter analgesics in the aspirin or ibuprofen family of medications, including Alleve, Advil, naprocin sodium, and Motrin, among others, increase your chances of bruising. Vitamin E, garlic, and ginseng can also increase your risk of bruising.
Once you decide to have nonsurgical rhinoplasty, you will most likely have a topical numbing cream/ointment painted on the outside of the nose. An ice pack will be provided to reduce any discomfort and also decrease your chances of bruising.
The procedure usually consists of one to three injections of filler, most commonly Radiesse, followed by gentle massage to achieve the final shape. The procedure usually takes less than fifteen minutes.
After the Procedure
Mild swelling is expected after the procedure, and bruising can occasionally occur, though judicious use of ice packs can reduce these effects. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure, and patients can return to work without incident later that day.
Minor adjustments, maintenance, or further enhancements can often be done with additional sessions of the procedure. In some cases, nonsurgical touch-ups of surgical rhinoplasies can also be done with fillers. As always, dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane are temporary, and generally last up to a year or so in the nose.
If you have never had a non-surgical rhinoplasty at the Chow Center, Dr. Jen Chow recommends that you revisit his clinic two weeks after your first procedure for follow up. Any re-enhancement visits thereafter are up to you!
What is nonsurgical rhinoplasty?
Non-Surgical rhinoplasty is a way to reshape the nose without surgery. Instead, it can be performed in the office and has no true “recovery time.” You can also click the following link to read a description of nonsurgical rhinoplasty.
Who is a candidate for nonsurgical rhinoplasty?
The procedure is most ideal for someone who does not want to undergo the traditional rhinoplasty, which is a surgical procedure. The nonsurgical rhinoplasty can improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose, and is most useful when used to correct mild to moderate cosmetic concerns, including bumps, humps, or a low nasal bridge.
How long does the nonsurgical rhinoplasty take?
The procedure itself generally takes less than 15 minutes. Patients may return to work or class the same day.
What types of dermal fillers are used in the nonsurgical rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping?
Dr. Jen Chow most commonly uses Radiesse or Juvederm for the nose. The specific choice depends on the area being treated and the patient. Both fillers are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic use in the face with results that last up to a year or more.
Who performs the nonsurgical rhinoplasty at the Chow Center?
Dr. Chow, who attended medical school at Yale University and is a board certified and fellowship trained surgeon, performs all the nonsurgical rhinoplasties in his practice.
How can I learn more about nonsurgical rhinoplasty?
A good place to start is the description of the procedure. You can also schedule a consultation at the Chow Center by calling (626) 447-3223. This will allow you to meet with Dr. Chow and have him describe your unique treatment plan in detail.