Who hasn’t heard of rhinoplasty? Most people know this popular procedure only by the name “nose job”, but that term doesn’t do rhinoplasty justice. It’s a powerful procedure that can change lives for the better.
If you’ve ever been dissatisfied with your nose or have had breathing problems, then you’ve probably considered rhinoplasty at some point. For many prospective patients, however, the prospect of an invasive surgery and a long recovery time can be enough to put the dream on hold. With incredible advancements happening in cosmetic surgery every day, it’s fair to ask the question: Is nose surgery possible without going under the knife? Let’s take a look at the options.
One Option: The Popular “Non-Surgical Nose Job”
Many plastic surgeons offer patients the option of minor corrections to the nose with hyaluronic acid injectable fillers. These “non-surgical nose jobs” are temporary, lasting about 6-12 months on average. They are an attractive option for many patients, since the procedure is quick and minimally uncomfortable, requiring no incisions. However, there are some drawbacks. Because the procedure only involves introducing fillers to the nose, there are major limitations to what the treatment can accomplish. It’s impossible to make lasting changes with a non-surgical nose job, and there are some issues that cannot be fixed using this method, both aesthetic and functional.
For Permanent Correction, Surgery is the Only Option
While it’s unfortunate that there are no non-surgical options for permanent aesthetic and functional changes to the nose, the surgery itself has become much less traumatic over the last few decades, and there are new techniques that can reduce the recovery time of the procedure even further. Depending on the patient’s needs, traditional rhinoplasty surgery or MicroRhinoplasty may be appropriate. Only a plastic surgeon can help you design a treatment plan, but it’s helpful to understand the differences between the two procedures.
MicroRhinoplasty is a new technique that cuts down on the time of the surgery and recovery drastically, taking rhinoplasty from an invasive procedure to a minor surgical procedure that most patients tolerate very well.
Currently, the procedure is only effective for patients who have an unwanted nasal “hump” on the bridge of the nose. MicroRhinoplasty involves the use of a microsaw to shave down unwanted bone in the nose without stitches or general anesthesia. Only local anesthesia is needed during this simple office procedure, and patients can get back to normal activities within just a few days. The surgery takes only 5-15 minutes to complete on average, but can produce impressive results for patients.
Traditional Rhinoplasty Surgery
Traditional rhinoplasty is the most versatile technique for rhinoplasty, and it can help patients gain confidence or breathe better. Rhinoplasty does require general anesthesia and a lengthy recovery period, but it can address many different concerns, including the overall size of the nose, a deviated septum, poor nasal tip definition, or a severe nasal hump. Swelling can persist for 12 months or more, but the results of the surgery are permanent and can improve the overall aesthetics of the face dramatically.
Which Technique is Right for You?
If you’re having trouble figuring out which rhinoplasty procedure is right for you, don’t worry. You’ll discuss your goals for the surgery during your consultation, and your plastic surgeon will help you determine which procedure is right for you. Don’t forget to ask questions during your consultation—this is an excellent time to expand your knowledge of rhinoplasty.
Dr. Philip Miller is an experienced plastic surgeon who is happy to offer his patients a wide range of advanced procedures. Considering rhinoplasty? When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Miller’s office in New York at (212) 750-7100.