Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Was a Good Option For Me
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I’m in my late-20s and never really liked the shape of my nose. I know, I’m probably sounding a bit picky, but when you stare in the mirror every day, you begin to notice imperfections.
I don’t have sinus problems and don’t have any problems breathing. And, I didn’t have an injury that caused my nose to become bent out of shape. In my case it was a few unsightly dents in my nose and a hump (or bump) that I wanted to even out.
I started to do some research online about nose jobs or as they’re commonly called -- rhinoplasty or rhinoplasty surgery. The rhinoplasty procedures that I saw were all performed by board-certified plastic surgeons. The plastic surgery was a bit expensive and I wasn't sure I was ready to take on the pain, bruising, and downtime needed to get the "nose look" I wanted, even though the procedure was likely to yield permanent results.
Some of the plastic surgeons I researched offered an alternative referred to as a non-surgical nose job, also known as a non-surgical rhinoplasty or injection rhinoplasty. Unlike a full-blown surgical procedure, the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure is done using dermal fillers to plump-up areas to help to make my nose more uniform.
I selected a few plastic surgeons that specialized in facial plastic surgery, especially those that had a lot of experience with nose jobs. I believed it was important to consult with a plastic surgeon that was experienced and offered both types of cosmetic procedures – surgical and non-surgical approach.
For those that are reading this, you should know that I was quoted prices for a traditional nose job (rhinoplasty) of about $6,500, give or take a few hundred dollars. The average cost of using injectable fillers was in the $500 to $800 range. I don't doubt that the cost of both vary by where you live and the experience level of the doctor that does cosmetic surgery.
I was told that I was a good candidate for either procedure. However, I chose to go with the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure. As I said, there is a cost difference between the two procedures. More important to me though is that I didn't want to "go under the knife" and didn't want to have any downtime, at least at this point of my life. The traditional rhinoplasty is plastic surgery and can be done with local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. Anesthesia wasn't an issue for me.
What was more important to me was how quickly I could get back to my everyday life. For traditional nose surgery, I was told it usually takes a week or two for the initial swelling and bruising to subside (you’ve probably seen tape you see across faces of people in the movies that have had nose jobs). After that, things would gradually get better, but it could be several months before I'd see the full effect.
Not exactly what I had in mind. I wanted more of a "lunchtime fix" for my nose.
I selected the plastic surgeon that seemed to have the most experience using injectable fillers and who I felt most comfortable with. I want to emphasize one thing before I tell you about the procedure. My nose needed some moderate reshaping. Fillers won’t work if you’re having trouble breathing, have had an injury, want a smaller nose, etc. For that, a rhinoplasty is needed.
I went to the doctor’s office at lunchtime. The plastic surgeon reviewed the procedure with me once again and then proceeded to put a topical numbing cream on and around my nose. He used Radiesse, but I did see some that Restylane or other common fillers when I did my online research. The plastic surgeon started to make several precise injections around and on my nose, one of which was the nasal tip. I did not feel any pain, but could feel the pressure of the filler being injected. The doctor stopped for a few seconds between injections and told me what he was going to do next and where he’d inject the filler. I think the entire procedure took between five and ten minutes and then I was free to go about my business. I had a few red marks on the injection sites, but used ice to reduce swelling (plus it kind of felt good).
That was a few weeks ago. To date, I am still very happy the results. In fact, the results appeared almost immediately as the filler started to fill in the areas that needed it. I think a few people noticed that I looked different, but not different enough to say anything. Like I said it was a very subtle change and only took a little time out of my day.
Bottom line – I am happy with the end result, but realize that like all fillers, the results will only last between six months to a year (as the filler starts to dissipate). Would I do it again? Yes. However, I realize that at some point over the next few years I may consider a rhinoplasty (surgical solution). If I do, I now have a baseline so I can show the plastic surgeon, if that day arrives, exactly what I want my nose to look like.