RHINOPLASTY VS NOSE INJECTIONS
Key Comparisons Between Rhinoplasty And Nose Injections
Although many people wish to change some aspect of their nose, a surgical Rhinoplasty might be an intimidating prospect. For those who are uncomfortable with the thought of surgery, but would like to alter the shape of their nose, nose injections, also known as Injection Rhinoplasty, a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty as well as the 5-Minute Nose Job, can be a solution.
You’ll need to know the key differences between a Rhinoplasty and Injection Rhinoplasty so that you can make a decision about which procedure will best meet your needs.
During an Injection Rhinoplasty, an Injectable filler is used to alter the shape of the nose. Typical fillers used are Juvaderm or Restylane, made up of hyaluronic acid. Radiesse, comprised of calcium hydroxyapatite may also be used for Injection Rhinoplasty. The goal of an Injection Rhinoplasty is to help minimize the appearance of a nasal bump, to add volume to the nasal tip to create the appearance of a lifted tip, or to straighten a crooked nasal bridge.
A surgical Rhinoplasty on the other hand, involves making an incision to surgically restore form and function to the nose. Aside from addressing cosmetic concerns, a surgical Rhinoplasty is also an effective means to fix congenital defects and breathing issues. A surgical rhinoplasty is also a permanent solution to both cosmetic and functional issues.
One of the key factors to consider of course is cost. The cost of Injection Rhinoplasty is significantly less than the surgical option, though results are temporary, lasting from 9-18 months. Because there are factors such as anesthesia and operating room costs, the surgical option is priced much higher.
However, it is important to consider the financial investment for cosmetic procedures over time when weighing your options. Although a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is cheaper, touch-ups will be required and additional costs incurred for long-term maintenance after about 1 year. When minor changes are desired, sometimes a temporary option can be a great way to see what you like before planning a permanent solution.
A surgical Rhinoplasty, on the other hand, provides life-long results. Therefore, although the one-time cost of a Rhinoplasty may be higher, it may actually work out cheaper over time since maintenance treatments are most often not needed.
Depending on your needs, some patients also opt for an Injection Rhinoplasty as a one-time ‘trial run’ to get an idea of what they will look like with a different shaped nose before they undergo the more permanent option.
Since an Injection Rhinoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, the downtime is also minimal to none. People usually return to their normal routine anywhere within 2-24 hours after the procedure. In cases where there is bruising around the injection site, it usually subsides quickly.
After a surgical Rhinoplasty, patients should expect to take up to two weeks off from work or school to recover before resuming their regular routine. There will also be varying degrees of swelling and bruising that will slowly subside over the days and weeks following the procedure.
One of the most important factors for choosing a technique is your goal. If you wish to address minor cosmetic concerns, a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty may be sufficient. However, in cases where major form alterations are required or there are functionality issues, such as breathing problems to correct, an Injection Rhinoplasty will not help. In addition, if you’re looking to reduce the size of a large nose, adding filler is not the solution to make it appear smaller, but rather to change the shape of its appearance.