Many of us have heard the expression "non-surgical rhinoplasty" or "rhinoplasty without a scalpel". In fact, quite a few people face the dilemma of whether they should choose this method or undergo surgical rhinoplasty. But what exactly does it mean? What are the differences between this method and the classic rhinoplasty and what are the advantages of each procedure? Let's look in detail at the answers to the most basic questions that someone may have on this topic:
1. What exactly is non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a technique through which we can modify the shape of the nose using hyaluronic acid. During the procedure small amounts of hyaluronic acid in the form of a transparent gel are injected under the skin of the nose. This way we can achieve smoother aesthetic lines, replenish volume, and correct asymmetries. Also, by placing the material very carefully in the right areas, we can create the feeling that the nose is shorter or straighter, the tip is lifted, and the profile is straighter. Hyaluronic acid stabilizes in the deeper layers of the skin above the skeleton of the nose and maintains its shape, offering the desired aesthetic effect.
2. What happens during non-surgical rhinoplasty? How long does it take?
Shortly before the start of non-surgical rhinoplasty, the doctor will apply local anesthetic ointment to your nose. Then, with a special syringe, they will place the necessary amounts of hyaluronic acid in the areas of the nose that need to be corrected. The procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes and the discomfort caused is minimal.
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3. When can I return to my activities after non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty without a scalpel does not practically require a recovery period. Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours and vigorous physical activity for 48 hours is enough. The rest of the activities can continue as normal, immediately after the process is completed.
4. When will I see the result?
The result is immediately visible. A small swelling that is created is absorbed in one or two days, by which time the nose takes its final shape.
5. How long does the result of non-surgical rhinoplasty last?
The result of non-surgical rhinoplasty usually lasts 1 to 2 years depending on the skin type, the special characteristics of the nose and the rate at which each patient metabolizes the hyaluronic acid. Our personal experience has shown that when the process is repeated 3 to 4 times, fibrous tissue is created which in several cases makes the result almost permanent.
6. What aesthetic improvements can we achieve with non-surgical rhinoplasty?
In the right hands, non-surgical rhinoplasty can offer several significant aesthetic improvements. The areas in which hyaluronic acid can be applied are briefly the following:
- The bridge of the nose
- The tip
- The sides of the nose
- The angle between the columella and the upper lip (nasolabial angle)
Non-surgical rhinoplasty brings very good results if someone wants to:
- smooth out minor or major irregularities and asymmetries of the nose
- make the nose appear straighter
- make the tip look thinner
- make the tip look more lifted
- camouflage a moderate hump
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7. Rhinoplasty with hyaluronic acid or surgical rhinoplasty? What are the advantages of each one?
The main advantages of rhinoplasty with hyaluronic acid are the following:
- It does not require general anesthesia.
- It takes very little time and has immediate results.
- Practically, no recovery is needed. You can immediately return to work and your regular activities.
- The effect is not permanent. Therefore, if you are not completely satisfied, after some time your nose will simply return to its original shape.
- Its cost is much lower than that of rhinoplasty surgery.
On the other hand, the surgical rhinoplasty also has very important advantages:
- It can effectively correct much more pronounced deformities and aesthetic problems of the nose than non-surgical rhinoplasty.
- Its results are permanent, so the patient does not need to come back to repeat the procedure.
- If there is a problem with breathing, e.g., due to a crooked nasal septum, this can be corrected at the same surgical time with simultaneous septoplasty.
- In case of simultaneous straightening of the nasal septum, your insurance company will cover part of the cost of the functional rhinoplasty.
8. Who is the most suitable doctor to perform non-surgical rhinoplasty?
The most suitable doctor to perform non-surgical rhinoplasty is the one who can also perform the classic rhinoplasty surgery. That is, the nose surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the nose. The reason is that the latter's excellent knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the nose protects the patient from possible complications and side effects. At the same time, it guarantees an excellent aesthetic result within the potentials provided by the specific procedure.
In any case, the two methods, surgical and non-surgical, are complementary rather than competitive with each other. The experienced and specialized doctor will inform the patient in detail about the advantages of each method and together they will decide upon the most suitable treatment.
What is rhinoplasty without surgery?
It is a technique in which the shape of the nose is modified using hyaluronic acid. Commonly applied points are the bridge, the top of the nose and the nasolabial angle.
What is the procedure?
After a local anaesthetic ointment is applied, small amounts of hyaluronic acid, in the form of a gel, are injected under the skin. In this way, the asymmetries of the nose are corrected and the aesthetic lines of the nose are smoothed.
How long does the process take?
The procedure takes 10-15 minutes.
How long does the result of rhinoplasty without surgery last?
The result usually lasts from 1 to 1.5 years.
When can I see the result?
The result is immediately visible. A small swelling that is created is absorbed within one or two hours.
Can I return to my daily routine immediately?
All activities can be carried out as normal. Exceptions are vigorous physical activity, for which one must wait 48 hours, and alcohol consumption, which is allowed after 24 hours.