The “15-minute nose job” has gotten a lot of press over the last few years, and it makes sense that such a headline would be popular. Who would not love to be able to change their nose in just a few minutes? Behind the catchy headlines, however, there are some facts that make this new trend less appealing and frankly dangerous. While a non-surgical or “15-minute nose job” may be a good choice for some patients, the traditional surgical rhinoplasty procedure offers a number of benefits over its non-surgical counterpart.
What is a 15-Minute Nose Job
To understand the pros and cons of the non-surgical nose job, it is important to look behind the catchy name and learn about the procedure itself. A non-surgical nose job is performed by injecting a filler into the nose in key areas to produce a subtle change in nasal aesthetics. It is a quick, affordable, and mildly painful procedure with near-instant results, prompting the treatment to rise quickly in popularity. It makes depressed areas of the nose larger. It adds volume to the nose. However, it is not always the best option for people interested in changing their noses. Read on to discover why surgical rhinoplasty might be a better choice.
Injecting Fillers into the Nose Can be Dangerous
Injectable fillers are not FDA approved for injection into the nose. While they are used “off label” in other areas of the face not approved by the FDA, use in the nose should not be considered routine. One of the well known and now finally, well documented risks of using injectable fillers anywhere in the face is blockage of blood vessels. If the filler gets into a blood vessel, it can cause the skin over that blood vessel and other tissues fed by that blood vessel to die. There are well-documented cases of this complication in the medical literature. This can be especially risky in the nose, one the most vascular areas of the face. The blood supply to the nose is plentiful and the blood vessels fairly large. That is one of the reasons a surgeon can do an open approach to a nose and know that it will heal well. If a filler like a hyaluroinc acid or calcium hydroxyl apatite gets into a blood vessel, it can block that blood vessel all the way back to its source and block other blood vessels that feed it. Blockage of the blood supply to the nose all the way up into the forehead and back to the artery that supplies your retina has been documented in the medical literature. Blindness and loss of most of the skin of the nose has been reported in such cases. What seems like such a simple solution can be very risky. The only person who should be injecting your nose should be an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, and you should have a very specific reason for doing a very selective injection. Most surgeons are reluctant to use facial fillers in the nose other than for very small modifications of their own rhinoplasties (where they know exactly what is under the skin) or in areas where they can be sure the blood vessels are not at high risk.
A Real Rhinoplasty Can Treat Breathing Problems
Unlike the non-surgical nose job with fillers, rhinoplasty surgery can improve or resolve a wide range of common breathing problems, including deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, nasal collapse, and more. While injections cannot improve breathing, surgical rhinoplasty can fix aesthetic and functional issues at the same time. Better breathing can improve quality of life, ease sleep apnea, and more. Injecting a filler into the nose can actually obstruct part of your airway.
A Real Rhinoplasty Can Produce Dramatic Results
While non-surgical rhinoplasty can produce significant results for the amount of time it takes to perform, there is only so much improvement that can be made without surgery. Surgical alteration allows for structural changes, grafting, and other major changes that can change the size and shape of the nose. These changes can produce dramatic results that affect overall facial balance and aesthetics.
A Real Rhinoplasty is Versatile
Surgical rhinoplasty can resolve a large number of nasal aesthetic issues, and is a more versatile procedure than filler injections. Because of the amount of tissue manipulation that is possible with surgery, rhinoplasty can be used to fix major deformities and a myriad of other problems.
A Real Rhinoplasty is Cost-Effective
While the upfront cost of surgery is higher than for a non-surgical nose job, the cost over time for rhinoplasty is usually lower. A rhinoplasty can cost from about five to ten thousand dollars, the surgery pays for itself over time when compared to filler injections, which must be refreshed every so often. Filler prices vary, but over time, these costs add up.
A Real Rhinoplasty is Permanent
Rhinoplasty surgery is a major surgical operation that involves some downtime, but the results of surgery are permanent, save for the normal effects of aging, which can change the appearance of the nose over time. Filler injections must be repeated every few months to years, which can prove inconvenient for the patient. For example, injecting a filler into the area called at the top of the nose called the radix can raise the area, but only temporarily. Placing a cartilage graft there as part of a rhinoplasty is permanent.
A Real Rhinoplasty is Safe
Rhinoplasty is a precise operation that has been refined over the years. Today, it is a very safe procedure that rarely results in complications. Provided the patient is in good health, chooses a skilled surgeon, and practices proper follow-up care, safety and results are typically very good. In many cases these days, nasal packing is not even required to staunch bleeding, as surgical techniques have improved over time.
Things to Remember
No single treatment is suitable for everyone, and you should think about the pros and cons of each treatment you are considering before you decide to move forward. Rhinoplasty surgery is a very complex operation that should not be attempted by any but the most skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeons. If you do decide to undergo a rhinoplasty, take your time and select a surgeon who makes perfecting the art of rhinoplasty a top priority.
If you are looking for such a surgeon in the Boston area, then come to Bentkover Facial Plastic surgery and speak with renowned rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has spent over three decades honing his rhinoplasty skills, and has helped many patients achieve the look they have always wanted. For natural, beautiful results and compassionate care, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery today in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, to schedule a consultation.