Everything that you need to know about the new non-surgical nose job!
The era of personal modification brings a wave of excellent transformative surgical techniques that go beyond simply making changes on your body for the sake of being able to function better physically.
Facial reconstructive surgery and other forms of aesthetic cosmetic procedures like fillers have been around for ages; everything from rhinoplasty, brow-heightening to invasive face-lift surgeries, there are many methods to make one’s appearance seem radiant and young for years.
There are even products being marketed under the claim that they can provide the results you’d get from facial plastic surgery; serums with active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, niacinamide, and more.
Procedures are evolving to be less invasive and more accessible, particularly the non surgical nose job. What’s this procedure all about then?
Why are so many people getting plastic surgery?
Studies suggest that the massive wave of patients seeking plastic surgery could have something to do with the surprisingly vivid and over-simplified versions of other patients’ experiences that have been flooding people’s screens over social media platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram.
On screens, surgery appears to be a magical formula that can solve any inhibitions and insecurity people may have towards their bodies, be it the shape, size, composition, or complexion, among many other factors of their body parts.
People undergo long and heavily invasive, sometimes even painful surgeries to achieve results that may create permanent changes many patients even end up regretting.
These changes to one’s physical appearance may have a lasting impact on one’s mental well-being as well.
Many doctors and plastic surgeons are even having to turn away patients since they don’t fit the bill to be a good candidate for the surgery; either the changes they seek are very minute, or they aren’t old enough or don’t need it!
One of the most popular and widely sought-after forms of aesthetic surgery is most commonly known as a ‘nose-job’; in technical terms, surgical rhinoplasty.
What exactly is a surgical rhinoplasty?
This facial plastic surgery procedure used to be incredibly invasive to correct nose deformities in patients caused due to deviated septums. This aesthetic treatment initially used a medical chisel and hammer to break and reconstruct a patient’s nose.
However, technological advancements have managed to achieve an environment, especially in American society, where surgical nose jobs have become, if not entirely, non-invasive, relatively less invasive than before.
Now surgeries can be performed fully closed, that is, without opening the flap of the skin that sits directly on top of the nose. These surgeries are still very-much invasive.
A rhinoplasty can achieve several benefits; nose bumps can be removed, nose tips can be lifted, curved nose bridges can be straightened, nostril asymmetry can be fixed, and issues revolving around septum deviation.
While a nose job can help one feel better about their appearance, there is always the looming risk of complication.
This means that surgery can lead to permanent changes that can only be fixed with more surgery. This is known as revision rhinoplasty.
This procedure would be required if the initial surgery did not yield the patient’s results or if they have functionality issues difficulty breathing.
The risks of invasive plastic surgery and ingenuine surgery providers
Many times, particularly in cases where people undergo extremely invasive plastic surgery, patients end up with a permanent change that can be highly traumatizing.
There is a major risk one takes when one goes for plastic surgery, from prominent presences of scar tissue to even cases of permanently damaged blood vessels, tissue death, vision loss, severe bruising, and more.
Often surgery is provided by people who don’t even practice medicine! Many fraudulent practitioners claim to provide ‘cheap’ plastic surgery.
The catch is that the actual cost will be a patient risking their lives at the hands of an uncertified person illegally performing medical procedures on them.
Many people turn to these backyard surgeons because the only way to get the look they desire would be to pay a very hefty fee at a fancy aesthetic clinic.
This is not an economically feasible option for a permanent solution for desired results. So the question remains, is the only way to modify your body as per your aesthetic requirements to undergo expensive, invasive procedures?
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty: The new non-invasive nose job!
Millions are seeking surgical rhinoplasty. Several patients want to experiment with fewer consequences and complications. However, that may not be the best way to achieve the nose shape that a patient wants without committing to a permanent change.
Many people leave a consultation feeling discouraged either because of the extreme cost or outright rejection when they seek nose jobs. But it doesn’t have to be that way; enter the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure!
This procedure is entirely non-invasive. Dermal fillers and other injections for the skin initially used only on other areas of the face have been utilized to bring patients a simple, relatively less risky, and affordable alternative to traditional rhinoplasty.
A non surgical rhinoplasty is just that; it’s completely non surgical, which means that you will not have to deal with a scalpel at all.
How much do non-surgical nose jobs cost?
This procedure is significantly more affordable; a traditional surgical rhinoplasty can rack up its actual cost to about $5000 or more.
However, a non-surgical rhinoplasty will cost you anywhere between $600 to $1500, depending on which nose filler you choose. Patients must remember that this is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance, so you will have to pay out of pocket!
Please ensure that the provider you choose is board certified and has credibility. Your doctor will most likely not recommend this procedure for any medical reasons; a non-surgical nose job will not correct any major issues like deviations, major bumps, or bends in the nose bridge since it primarily comprises injectable fillers.
This is why it’s also called a ‘liquid nose job’!
How much time does a non surgical nose job surgery take?
Well, since this procedure isn’t technically an invasive surgical rhinoplasty, it doesn’t take as long as one either.
Many people have gone about their normal activities within a few hours of getting the liquid rhinoplasty! A procedure can take up to a maximum of 45 minutes.
How long does a liquid rhinoplasty last?
Typically, non-surgical nose jobs can last anywhere between 6 months to even up to 3 years.
A doctor may recommend fillers for your nase based on their desired lasting effect. Fillers like hyaluronic acid enter the injection area and hold their shape in place to redefine the look of the nasal tip, humps on the bridge of the nose or provide more volume to the overall shape of the nose.
The effects of the procedure are not permanent like surgical rhinoplasty and may require a follow-up after some time.
Is a non-surgical nose job painful?
The immediate effects of a non-surgical nose job may include swelling, redness, uneasiness, and a little bit of pain for a few hours.
Some people have reported that the injected space becomes a sensitive area for a few days. These effects go away within a day or two.
Your doctor may use some topical anesthetic or numbing cream to ease the discomfort. It is recommended that you use an ice pack after the procedure.
Are there any side effects to this procedure?
No procedure is entirely risk-free. A non-surgical nose job can have some mild side effects that may include
- Mild bruising in the surrounding area of the injection( near eyes or forehead)
- Headaches and nausea
- Filler Migration (when the filler migrated to a different part of the face)
- Continued redness
These side effects are likely temporary in most cases. If they last longer than a few days, a patient must report to the emergency room as soon as possible.
There have only been rare occurrences where fillers have caused severe issues like allergic reactions, blurred vision, and fevers. Make sure you have a consultation with your general physician beforehand to avoid allergic reactions.
Severe complications like irreversible tissue death and a loss of vision usually only occur when the provider isn’t board certified.
In comparison to a regular rhinoplasty, injections in the form of fillers used in liquid nose jobs have fewer risks since you won’t even have to go under general anesthesia.
A non surgical nose job is also less likely to give you an infection.
What’s more, fillers will eventually metabolize! So if you don’t like the look or want something different, you don’t need to worry since the effects won’t last forever, and you won’t need a revision rhinoplasty.
However, treatment for any mishaps or side effects of non surgical rhinoplasty is somewhat ambiguous since this procedure is relatively new and hasn’t been studied in depth yet, unlike regular rhinoplasty surgery.
The bottom line about non surgical nose jobs
Aesthetic correction procedures are a personal choice. While your doctors are primarily meant to provide medical advice, it’s best to ensure that you have an entire conversation with your physician about cosmetic procedures as well, even when you’re seeking dermal fillers or a nonsurgical rhinoplasty no matter how harmless and risk-free they may seem.
Make sure you do your research; injectable fillers may not be the best fit for you. A consultation with a facial plastic surgeon may help you get insights about whether you should go for it or not, whether to pick permanent filler to temporary filler and most importantly, whether you need a procedure done or not.
Remember to surround yourself with body positivity and keep your health at the forefront first.
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