The recent trend for minimally invasive procedures has made its way to nasal surgery. The “non-surgical nose job” has gained popularity over the last couple of years… But what is a “non-surgical” nose job? What are the long-term results? What are the potential complications?
The increased popularity of injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid and hydroxyapetite granules for treating facial wrinkles and for restoring volume to the face has spilled over into nasal surgery. These substances are now being injected into the soft tissues of the nose to change its shape — i.e, a non-surgical nose-job. The deformity of nose will dictate how much of the injectable substance is required to achieve the desired result.
While injectable fillers may be appropriate for treating localized deformities such as depressions or a low bridge, large volumes are required for an substantial change in nasal shape. Most of the products that have been on the market for the last several years are temporary. However, newer, longer-lasting fillers have become available. Some of these are permanent. This poses a problem when the result does not meet the patient’s expectations.
Many surgeons are being to see patients who come to their practice for revision surgery because they are displeased with the results of injectable fillers. The large volumes of these substances are changing the way the natural tissues appear, which can make revision surgery more difficult, and in some cases, impossible. Over time, these fillers have been noted to cause skin changes, such as redness, in some patients if they are injected too close to the surface of the skin. They may also give the nose a lump appearance.
The patient who is considering undergoing changing the shape of their nose, should visit with a qualified rhinoplasty specialist to determine whether or not they are a candidate for such procedures.