For many people, plastic surgery is a great option for getting the look they’ve always dreamed of. Certain types of plastic surgery are well known to the general population, even among those who have never considered cosmetic procedures for themselves. These procedures include facelifts, breast augmentation, and nose jobs (rhinoplasty).
Traditional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to change the appearance and/or function of the nose. The surgery is extremely versatile and can be used to change the size, shape, and structure of the nose, depending on the client’s wishes. These changes can be made for either medical or cosmetic reasons.
Today, however, there are even more options. Now, patients can change their nose in two ways: either through a traditional surgical procedure or with liquid fillers. Each method has its pros and cons and may be appropriate for different patients. If you are considering rhinoplasty, here’s what you should know about the differences between the two techniques so you can choose the option that’s right for you.
Traditional rhinoplasty requires general anesthesia, as it is a complex surgical procedure. The entire process takes anywhere from two to three hours, depending on the patient’s requested changes. To adjust the shape of the nose, the surgeon manipulates nasal cartilage and bone.
During the surgery, small incisions are made inside or outside the nose to allow for bone and tissue alterations. After the adjustments are complete, the incisions are closed with stitches. A foam and aluminum splint is then placed over the nose to provide protection and support during preliminary healing.
The recovery period lasts anywhere from one to three weeks, with light activity allowed after one week. More strenuous activity must wait until at least three weeks post-surgery. Many patients can return to work within one to two weeks, but can only perform light duties. Any activity that could lead to bumping the nose must be avoided for at least six weeks after surgery.
Bruising and swelling are common and expected for patients, but should mostly disappear within the first two weeks. Puffiness and discomfort are also possible during this time. The preliminary results of rhinoplasty should be visible to the patient after two to three weeks, but it can take 6 months to see near-final results and up to 12 months for all the swelling to disappear.
A liquid rhinoplasty, which is also known as a non-surgical nose job, is a less invasive procedure that can provide small, subtle alterations to a patient’s nose shape. Dermal fillers are used to smooth out the nose and add volume, minimizing any bumps or crookedness in the shape of the nose. The procedure itself lasts 15-20 minutes, and only a topical anesthetic is required.
During the procedure, the surgeon will inject a biocompatible gel filler into specific areas of the nose that will be discussed during the consultation. The filler is then molded and shaped into the desired look, depending on the patient’s concerns. This creates a more balanced and even shape to the nose without requiring the removal of bone or cartilage.
The recovery period for a liquid rhinoplasty is much shorter. Patients may experience minor side effects and must avoid anything that could bump or move the nose for a week, but can resume most normal activities right away. Because the procedure does not involve general anesthesia or surgery, patients will require little to no downtime.
Bruising and swelling can occur with liquid rhinoplasty, but are usually minor and fade quickly. Patients may also have pinprick marks and some redness, which will also fade with time. The results of this procedure are immediate and can last up to a year or so.
Which is the Better Option?
There are a few things to consider when deciding which rhinoplasty procedure is the right one for you. The first is whether your procedure will be for medical or for cosmetic reasons. Surgical rhinoplasty can be used to correct both issues, but liquid rhinoplasty is only used for cosmetic purposes. There are also limitations to what cosmetic changes a non-surgical rhinoplasty can achieve.
Another important factor is downtime, especially for those who work in heavy labor jobs. The downtime for surgical rhinoplasty is longer for those who have to perform extensive physical labor at work. With liquid rhinoplasty, there is no need for extra downtime and patients can return to work much more quickly.
Cost is also a factor that can determine which procedure is best for you. Liquid rhinoplasty is much cheaper overall, as it is quick and does not require general anesthesia or an operating room. With surgical rhinoplasty, these factors drive the price up to and make it a more costly procedure.
However, it is also important to think in the long term when examining total costs. A surgical rhinoplasty only requires one downtime, as it is a permanent procedure. With liquid rhinoplasty, there is upkeep involved to maintain the look, meaning the eventual cost can match or exceed what you would pay for a surgical procedure.
Finding a Surgeon For You
Finding the right plastic surgeon to suit your needs is important. At Buckingham Center, located in Austin, TX, our team can provide you with the best care for your cosmetic needs. Dr. Edward Buckingham, who specializes in facial plastic surgery, can help you discover the best options for your goals.
Buckingham Center provides both surgical and liquid rhinoplasty, as well as many other aesthetic services. For a consultation, please visit BuckinghamFacialPlastics.com or call us at 512.401.2500 to schedule an appointment.