For patients who would like to fully reshape their nose, a traditional surgical Asian rhinoplasty procedure will be the best choice.
Some patients though are happy with how their nose is shaped and are only looking for minor adjustments. These can include fixing bumps or dents from injuries, raising the slope of the nasal bridge, or straightening out a crooked appearance. Non-surgical Asian rhinoplasty can help address these issues without anesthesia or major recovery time.
The Liquid Nose Job
This procedure dates back to the early 19th century and involves injecting fillers into the area that needs to be adjusted. It provides a way for doctors to reshape a patient’s nose without needing to access the delicate internal nasal structure. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is used only for cosmetic fixes and cannot do anything to improve the overall function of the nose.
There are many possible fillers that can be used in non-surgical rhinoplasty, but the most common ones are Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylene, Sculptra, Perlane, and Silikon-1000. Every doctor has his or her own preference based on experience and the patient’s needs. The filler is injected in a small, controlled amount, then the doctor will physically mold the filler until it is shaped correctly.
Non-surgical Asian rhinoplasty is especially popular for those with a low nasal bridge. This is a common nasal feature in Asians and causes the nose to appear flat against the face. It can also be a problem for those who wear glasses; the low bridge causes the glasses to constantly slide down the nose instead of staying up near the eyes. The procedure is also commonly used to adjust the nasal tip shape and fill out any depressions caused by trauma.
Non-Surgical vs. Surgical
There are many advantages to both types of Asian rhinoplasty. However, compared to surgical Asian rhinoplasty, non-surgical Asian rhinoplasty is a less stressful and less involved procedure.
- It is significantly less expensive: Surgical rhinoplastyis approximately $7,000, while non-surgical fillers are approximately $750.
- It takes a fraction of the time to perform: two or more hours vs. 15 minutes.
- There is almost no recovery: a few days vs. 12 months.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty also has benefits that surgical rhinoplasty does not. The use of fillers allows you to see what your nose might look like if you are considering having a full surgical rhinoplasty. The fillers can be removed and reapplied as needed. Finally, for those patients who have had a previous surgical rhinoplasty and would like to make subtle improvements, non-surgical rhinoplasty can provide this without the need for the patient to undergo revision rhinoplasty surgery.
It should be noted that non-surgical fillers do have their limitations. This procedure is designed only for subtle changes, not a complete overhaul in the appearance of the nose. It also may not be a feasible option for those with weak cartilage which may have trouble supporting the additional weight in the nose. Asians typically have this problem because their skin is thicker when compared to that of Caucasians and that places extra stress on the internal nasal structure. The results are also not permanent; like other types of cosmetic fillers, they will probably need to be reapplied every 12 to 18 months.
Choosing the Right Doctor
Non-surgical Asian rhinoplasty requires a doctor who has a complete understanding of Asian nasal features and what makes an attractive Asian nose while still preserving cultural characteristics. This procedure doesn’t sound difficult, but it is an art as well as a medical procedure.
Dr. Paul Nassif is known around the world for his expertise in rhinoplasty. He specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty, including non-surgical, revision, and ethnic rhinoplasty. When dealing with patients, his goal is always to create a look that is natural and culturally desirable.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Appointment
If you are interested in finding out more about the surgical and non-surgical options for rhinoplasty, contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-2467 or through our patient contact page on our website to schedule an initial consultation. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our professional staff is ready to answer any questions you might have about the consultation process.