Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that changes the nose’s shape and structures. Whether you are looking to repair your nose after an injury or trauma, correct breathing issues, or because you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, there are non-surgical and surgical options available. The pros and cons of non-surgical versus surgical rhinoplasty depend on your personal goals and your doctor’s recommendations.
One popular form of non-surgical rhinoplasty is liquid rhinoplasty, a treatment that smooths out bumps and contours the nose. It is a temporary procedure, but has very little to no recovery time. Surgical rhinoplasty is more involved, can correct structural and functional issues, but the recovery time is longer.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty, or liquid rhinoplasty, corrects small bumps on the nose, nasal asymmetry, or distinctive nasal features. During this treatment, the clinician injects fillers into a patient’s nose to improve the contours and reshape it. The filler most often used is hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance found naturally in the body’s connective tissue and cartilage. The HA used is a gel and can correct certain nasal contour issues in a less invasive way than traditional rhinoplasty and correct minor problems post-rhinoplasty.
There are several advantages to a non-surgical rhinoplasty:
Although non-surgical liquid rhinoplasty has some advantages, there are also several disadvantages:
Surgical rhinoplasty is much more involved and consists of manipulating the skin, bone, and cartilage of the nose to remodel and resize it. Patients who want surgical rhinoplasty may have functional needs, such as correcting an overly large nose, repairing a deviated septum, or correcting other structural issues.
There are several advantages to a surgical approach to a rhinoplasty:
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