If you have ever felt self-conscious because of the size of your nose, then you probably wish there was some simple fix to instantly make your nose look smaller. The “non-surgical nose job” or “5 minute nose job” has gotten a lot of press in the last few years, as it is a non-invasive procedure that uses dermal fillers to reshape the nose temporarily. You may be wondering if this is the answer to all the insecurity you feel about having a large nose. Unfortunately, there are some limitations to a rhinoplasty with fillers, and many people who want a non-surgical option for changing the overall size of the nose are simply out of luck.
The “Non-Surgical Nose Job”
A non-surgical or 5 minute nose job describes the practice of using dermal fillers (typically made of hyaluronic acid) into the nose to provide subtle changes in size and shape. The results are temporary, typically lasting around 6 months to one year, but many people are interested in the procedure nonetheless, due to its non-invasive nature. The treatment itself (a simple injection process) is brief and requires no downtime, making it a good option for people who do not have the time for a more invasive procedure, like surgical rhinoplasty. However, performing this procedure correctly does take a great deal of skill and knowledge.
Augmentation and Shaping—Not Reduction
The problem with considering a non-surgical nose job for reducing the size of the nose is the basic mechanics of the procedure: fillers add volume to the nose, but they cannot take it away. In very rare cases, the illusion of nasal reduction can be achieved by smoothing out imperfections in the nose, but in general, this is one problem a non-surgical nose job simply cannot address. Dermal fillers are best used for subtle changes, and cannot address the structure of the nose.
Though there are no non-surgical options for reducing the size of the nose, rhinoplasty is a viable surgical option that produces permanent changes in the nose. This procedure is extremely versatile, and can address any number of structural or aesthetic issues in the nose. While the procedure is much more involved and expensive than a non-surgical nose job, it can be a good value over time, as re-treatment is not necessary.
Recovery from rhinoplasty takes about 1-2 weeks on average before patients can return to most normal activities. Strenuous exercise and some other activities will have restrictions for several more weeks. It takes several months for the swelling to resolve after surgery, but once this process is complete, patients can expect beautiful results that will last a lifetime.
Improving Facial Balance with Other Procedures
In some cases, the size of the nose might not be a major issue, but the other facial features make the nose seem larger than it is. Patients with a “weak” or receding chin, for example, may want to consider chin implant surgery instead, or in combination with rhinoplasty for improvement in overall facial balance. Only you and your plastic surgeon can make the decision about what option is right for you.
Emotional Benefits of Cosmetic Nasal Surgery
For many people, the best part about plastic surgery is the boost in confidence and self-esteem that comes along with the final results. If you have experienced self-consciousness about your nose, you can expect a successful rhinoplasty to help improve your confidence. With that said, it is important to keep your expectations for rhinoplasty realistic and grounded in what the procedure can offer you. Looking at a wide range of before and after photos and discussing your expectations with your surgeon can help with this.
Discuss Your Options
Not sure what you should do about the size of your nose? It never hurts to discuss your options with a knowledgeable, board certified facial plastic surgeon. You will have the opportunity to get your nose assessed, discuss your options for improving your facial aesthetics, and ask any questions you may have.
You should only seek help from a rhinoplasty specialist, as the procedure is extremely complex, custom, and difficult, requiring an experienced and artistic surgeon to produce good outcomes. Dr. Stuart Bentkover has spent much of his 25+ years in the field of facial plastic surgery focusing on the art and science of rhinoplasty, providing many patients from diverse backgrounds excellent, natural-looking results. Call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery today in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover today.