Alternatives to Surgery
How Do I Change My Nose Again?
If you are unhappy with the results of your nose surgery (rhinoplasty), but aren’t thrilled about the idea of another operation, you still have options. Alternatives to revision rhinoplasty do exist that may be worth considering.
The first step in seeking alternatives to revision rhinoplasty is to discuss your concerns with the surgeon who performed your primary nose surgery or a new surgeon. If the procedure was recent, he or she may advise you to wait for up to one year before doing anything else to your nose. It can take this long for the swelling to abate. Depending on the nature of your concerns and aesthetic or functional goals, your surgeon will be able to determine whether another surgery is needed or can be avoided.
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Discussing Alternatives to Revision Rhinoplasty
Sometimes revision surgery is the only option. For example, if an implant or graft used in your primary nose surgery has shifted, a second surgery will be necessary.
This is not always the case, however. If you’re wondering, how do I change my nose again without needing surgery, alternative procedures to revision rhinoplasty may be able to address your concerns without having to go through another surgery and its requisite risks and long recovery. Filler rhinoplasty (otherwise known as non surgical rhinoplasty), for example, involves the use of soft tissue fillers – the same ones that are often used to fill in facial lines and folds such as hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers. These fillers, when injected into precise points on the nose by an experienced non surgical rhinoplasty injector, can reduce the appearance of a bump or fill in any depressions, dents, or grooves that remain after the initial nose surgery. Filler revision rhinoplasty can also address symmetry and help lift a drooping nasal tip. However, there are things that filler rhinoplasty cannot do. They can’t reduce the size of your nose and they can’t correct breathing difficulties or other functional problems.
Unlike rhinoplasty surgery, filler nose procedures are not invasive. The procedure is performed in the clinic and takes about 15 minutes. Topical anesthesia with numbing cream is all that is necessary to prevent discomfort. Swelling is minimal and resolves by the next day. Bruising is rare, but if it happens involves a small bruise that can easily be covered up and usually disappears within a week. The duration of effect with non surgical rhinoplasty depends on what filler you choose to use. Juvederm or Restylane are hyaluronic acid-based fillers that usually last about 5 to 7 months and Perlane, another hyaluronic acid-based filler lasts about 8 to 9 months. Radiesse, a calcium hydroxyapatite-based filler, lasts about a year. Artefill is permanent filler that lasts many years, but several monthly sessions are necessary to achieve the effect. Dr. Rivkin recommends using temporary fillers for the non surgical rhinoplasty procedure first before opting for Artefill.
Depending on the nature of your concern/s, filler rhinoplasty may be a safer and less expensive option. Risks of filler rhinoplasty are minimal, but may include infection, hematoma or asymmetry.
Click here to read more about the differences between the costs of surgical and non surgical revision rhinoplasty. For those wondering, how do I change my nose again without surgery, it’s important to get as much information as possible.
It is important to see a surgeon with experience in performing all types of revision rhinoplasty including filler rhinoplasties as alternatives to revision rhinoplasty. Make sure to ask to see before-and-after photos of patients who have had alternatives to revision rhinoplasty with the same surgeon before booking your procedure.