The nose is one of the most noticeable features of your entire face. Therefore, if you’re not happy with the size or shape of your nose, it can have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem. While rhinoplasty (often referred to as a “nose job”) is a common surgical option, rhinoplasty alternatives may also be effective.
Rhinoplasty alternatives (liquid nose jobs) can include less-invasive techniques to reshape the nose, such as botox injections or injectable fillers. These procedures can make a profound difference in the nose’s shape and appearance. Still, working with an accredited plastic surgeon experienced in non-surgical procedures is important.
Dr. Christopher Schaffer is a leading plastic surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama, with many years of experience providing rhinoplasty alternatives to happy patients. Find out more about the non-surgical procedures Dr. Schaffer offers to enhance the appearance of the nose below.
Meet Dr. Christopher Schaffer: Renowned Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Innovator
Dr. Schaffer has practiced in the plastic surgery field for over 20 years and received 8 years of advanced training at some of the most respected medical schools in the country. He holds board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Schaffer is known as a plastic surgery innovator that specializes in facial procedures, including rhinoplasty and non-surgical rhinoplasty alternatives. Schaffer Plastic Surgery is also ASF-accredited, which means the outpatient surgery center upholds exceptionally high standards when it comes to patient care and safety.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Alternatives
While rhinoplasty may be the most commonly thought of way to change the appearance of the nose, non-surgical procedures can offer satisfying changes. Take a look at two of the most common non-surgical rhinoplasty alternatives below.
Injectable fillers can be used to add volume beneath the skin of and around the nose to enhance its appearance. Dr. Schaffer uses dermal fillers like Sculptra, Restylane and Juvederm for non-surgical rhinoplasty.
During an initial consultation, Dr. Schaffer will discuss your concerns and what you want to achieve and then plan where fillers should be injected for the most satisfactory outcome. The injectable filler procedure is a simple appointment that is usually done in less than an hour. The doctor will use a topical anesthetic and then inject the filler into the pre-planned points on and around the nose.
Injectable fillers can be a good option to:
- Enhance the nose tip
- Smooth or soften bumps or ridges
- Straighten slight nose crookedness
- Increase the volume of the nose
- Slightly conceal bumps along the nose bridge
It should be noted that fillers cannot make the nose smaller. However, when done by an experienced professional, the procedure can modify problematic characteristics and make the nose look more aesthetically proportionate. The results can be quite impressive and last for six months or more.
Botox injections can also be used to address certain nasal appearance concerns. Botox is used to paralyze specific muscles in the nose.
For example, one small muscle at the base can force the tip of the nose into a downward position. The injected botox can release tension in this muscle and make the tip of the nose lift slightly and appear perkier. Botox may also be used to reduce the appearance of the “bunny line,” which is a wrinkle that forms on the side of the nose, or botox can reduce the appearance of excessive nostril flaring.
Botox injections are performed much like filler injections, except the procedure can be quicker and require fewer injections. Dr. Schaffer may use a small amount of topical anesthetic to numb the injection site and inject the botox.
Botox injections can subtly improve nasal shape and appearance. Additionally, the procedure is quick and not at all invasive. The results can last for several months as well. However, botox injections may not be a good option for all patients due to allergies and sensitivities.
Candidacy for Non-Surgical Nose Job Alternatives
Ideal candidates for non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures are those looking to correct mild issues with the nose’s appearance with no surgery and little recovery involved.
While most people are good candidates for non-surgical nasal correction surgery, some people will be better suited for traditional surgery. A few factors to consider when choosing between surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty include:
- Do you want immediate changes with essentially no recovery time, or are you willing to undergo surgery and recovery?
- Are you comfortable with a temporary cosmetic change, or do you want a permanent solution?
- Are you concerned about incisions or scarring?
- Do you prefer a reversible change in your nose shape?
Some patients are better candidates for surgical intervention. For example, if you are looking to reduce the size of your nose or change its shape substantially, surgery is the only option.
A Comparison of Surgical and Non-Surgical Options
Liquid nose jobs and traditional rhinoplasty surgery can be very different due to:
- Duration of results – Surgical is permanent, while non-surgical yields temporary results.
- Recovery time and downtime – Non-surgical injections don’t require a recovery period, while recovery from surgery may take several weeks and final results can take up to a year.
- Potential risks and complications – Both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty carry risks, but surgery can carry a higher risk of complications.
- Cost considerations – Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a low-cost option, while surgery can be a more costly investment.
Find Your Ideal Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Alternative
If you believe you would be a good candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty alternatives, a thorough evaluation with Dr. Schaffer is important. During the consultation, Dr. Schaffer will discuss your overall goals and expectations and help you determine what is the most suitable nose job alternative.
Consult with Dr. Christopher Schaffer Today
When it comes to non-surgical nose job alternatives, always choose an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Christopher Schaffer. These procedures have the potential to deliver highly satisfying results when the patient’s needs and goals are considered. Reach out to Schaffer Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and learn more about your rhinoplasty options.