Nose jobs and other facial restructuring procedures have grown in popularity over the past few decades. Notably, the options have switched from just surgical options to nonsurgical ones that are much less invasive.
Nonsurgical nose jobs go by different names, like clinical nonsurgical rhinoplasty, the less formal 15-minute nose job, or the liquid nose job. The significant difference between surgical and nonsurgical nose jobs is the procedures.
WHAT IS A NONSURGICAL NOSE JOB?
Surgical rhinoplasty typically involves making incisions in the nose area and using grafts to change the shape of the nose. In contrast, nonsurgical rhinoplasty entails using fillers in specific parts of the nose to change its shape.
It usually takes less than an hour to have the procedure, and the results are almost immediate. The fillers tend to dissolve over time, so you must have repeat procedures to maintain your new nose shape.
WHAT CHANGES CAN A NONSURGICAL NOSE JOB ACHIEVE?
Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, nonsurgical nose jobs cannot change the shape of the nose by removing specific tissues. A nonsurgical nose job can change the shape and even out your natural nose. It can change the following features on your nose:
- Deep nasal bridges and other indentations
- A concave or convex nose shape
The procedure may include reducing the nose tip to make you appear to have a narrower nose. Still, the changes it can deliver are limited to minor and usually cosmetic ones.
WHICH FILLERS ARE USED IN NONSURGICAL NOSE JOBS?
Today, many doctors use CH (calcium hydroxylapatite) or HA (hyaluronic acid), which is much safer and more efficient. Before, the commonly used fillers were silicone and bovine collagen, but they had some unwanted results. CH is less common because it does not have options to reverse the effects until it has faded from the body.
HA accounts for more than 80% of nonsurgical nose jobs. However, CH fillers last much longer than HA but are much more uncomfortable immediately after the procedure.
WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?
Before you get a nonsurgical nose job, you will have a consultation with the surgeon to consider the results. It is advisable to go with pictures of what you expect from your procedure. During the consultation, the surgeon may examine your nose and tell you what is possible according to its shape and features.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will comprehensively analyze the anatomy of your face and nose. They will take measurements of your nose and make marks to guide the injections.
Next, they will clean your nose and apply an anesthetic to reduce the sensation of pain and discomfort during the procedure. They will make several injections into the nose that may pinch a little but will not be painful.
WHAT SHOULD RECOVERY LOOK LIKE?
The surgeon may instruct you to do the following to help with recovery:
- Having your head elevated when you sleep on the night after the procedure
- Taking painkillers to relieve pain
- Having a follow-up appointment in two weeks at most for a review
For more answers to questions about a nonsurgical nose job, visit Beverly Hills Aesthetics at our office in Los Angeles, California. Call (424) 292-2867 to book an appointment today.