Although rhinoplasty is ancient in practice, modern methods of cosmetically altering the nose have become available in recent years. According to the authors of A History of Plastic Surgery, James Leonard Corning of New York and Robert Gersuny of Vienna were the first recorded physicians to inject paraffin into patients to non-surgically alter their body parts. Though not realized at the time, this substance was harmful to the human body and posed substantial health risks to those patients treated with it. Though the methods have since been modified, these early techniques have paved the way for today’s non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Modern aesthetics have evolved so patients can now be injected with safe, biocompatible fillers. At his practice Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery, Dr. Nassif utilizes Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Typically, patients requesting non-surgical rhinoplasty seek a temporary fix to the look of their nose. Patients may not be ready to financially commit to rhinoplasty or do not wish to undergo permanent changes to the structure. During traditional non-surgical rhinoplasty sessions, the doctor may be able to create symmetry of the nose, camouflage a dorsal hump, or add volume in areas where the nose is lacking a preferred contour.
In most cases, dermal fillers tend to be reabsorbed more quickly in areas where there is a lot of movement, such as near the eyes or around the mouth. With facial expression and regular functions, the nose moves, too, though not as much as other features. It is for this reason that dermal injections may last longer in the area of the nose.
Asian rhinoplasty is an ethnic variation of traditional rhinoplasty surgery, intended to suit the needs of Dr. Nassif’s Asian patients seeking specific alterations common among their ethnicity. Often, these patients request the nasal bridge be heightened and narrowed, while asking that the tip be more projected and refined. Some patients also ask the doctor to change the nostril shape and width.
Some changes to the nose are possible through non-surgical Asian rhinoplasty, but it is unlikely that Dr. Nassif can provide full satisfaction to each patient if the entirety of intended changes is as described above. Just as there is a variation in surgery to treat Asian patients’ noses, there must also be differences in how the doctor treats the nose with non-invasive techniques. Those of Asian ethnicity tend to have very delicate facial features, so a smaller amount of material is used in the nose, which may lead to less dramatic changes.
A curved bridge and a droopy tip can be addressed during non-surgical Asian rhinoplasty. Additionally, by adding dermal filler to increase nasal bridge height, this simultaneously creates the appearance of a narrower and more defined overall nose. Where patients wish to increase volume of the nose, this can be accomplished to a certain extent; however, if patients request a decrease to areas of the nose, surgical Asian rhinoplasty typically proves to be a better option.
Dr. Paul S. Nassif is a Beverly Hills, California, facial plastic surgeon who commonly practices the specialty surgery Asian rhinoplasty. Patients visit the doctor from all over the world as he is hailed as the Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist. The doctor has honed his skills through a thorough understanding of Asian nasal anatomy and the ways in which Asian rhinoplasty differs from nose surgeries among other ethnicities. Contact Dr. Nassif at his Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-2467.