Is Rhinoplasty or Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty the Best Solution for You?
Over 200,000 men and women had a nose reshaping procedure, or rhinoplasty, in the United States in 2015, reflective of its growing popularity. But many people considering rhinoplasty may have also come across references to nonsurgical rhinoplasty while researching the procedure. A common question is whether or not a nonsurgical alternative is the best solution for their needs. Of course, the answer to this question will depend on your specific goals and situation, but if you’re looking for a permanent solution, or have medical issues, surgical rhinoplasty may be the most effective choice. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
What are Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Treatments?
A fairly new procedure, nonsurgical rhinoplasty uses injectable fillers containing hyaluronic acid to reshape the nose. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to repair tissue and is commonly used to fill in lines and wrinkles. Imperfections in the contours of facial features such as the nose can be subtly balanced with strategic applications of filler material. Although this treatment may be an option to consider for those who want only very subtle aesthetic changes, because its effects will gradually fade over the months following the injections, nonsurgical rhinoplasty may not be the best choice for everyone.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
While men and women seek rhinoplasty procedures for a variety of reasons, these typically fall under three main categories: for medical purposes, following an accident, or for aesthetic reasons. No matter your individual reason for considering rhinoplasty, the procedure can be a very effective solution to a variety of medical and cosmetic concerns.
- Medical Reasons: Those who have a deviated septum may experience unwanted side effects or medical concerns related to the shape of their nose. A deviated septum is characterized by the displacement, or deviation, of the thin wall between the nostrils (the septum) to one side or the other, resulting in one significantly smaller nasal passage. In some more severe cases, this nasal blockage can cause breathing, sleeping, and sinus problems. (Mayo Clinic)
When medical concerns like these arise due to a deviated septum or blocked nasal passage, a surgical rhinoplasty procedure can help to correct the displacement of the septum, opening the airflow to the blocked nasal passage.
- After an Accident: Accidents do happen, whether they’re as simple as tripping and falling or as severe as a car accident. No matter the cause, some people who have suffered an accident find that their nose is no longer the same shape or in the same position as it used to be. This can cause both psychological and sometimes medical problems. In either case, a skilled plastic surgeon can help to restore the natural shape and appearance of your nose, helping you regain confidence and eliminating any cause for medical concern. (Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery)
- Aesthetic Reasons: For many men and women, the size or shape of their nose can be cause for low self-esteem and a negative self-image, even when accidents or medical problems aren’t a concern. In these cases, a rhinoplasty can help to deliver the desired size, shape, and smoothness of the nose, which can work to boost self-confidence and a person’s overall quality of life. Of course, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations about your results and understand that while a rhinoplasty can certainly create beautiful results, it should be thought of as a tool to enhance your natural physical appearance, rather than cover it up. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
Why Choose Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology for Your Rhinoplasty Procedure?
When considering a nose reshaping surgery, the first step in the process is to choose the right plastic surgeon with whom you feel comfortable working and communicating. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh, our team of friendly, knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing a comfortable, relaxing experience in our state-of-the-art facility. Our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Brian Heil takes a very sensitive approach to tailoring each surgical procedure to meet your individual needs. View our before and after photo gallery to see examples of real rhinoplasty results.
Dr. Heil is a highly skilled and experienced Pittsburgh plastic surgeon who has completed years of professional training, including a five-year integrated residency training program in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as a fellowship in Micro Surgery and Thrombosis Research from the University Medical Center of Pittsburgh, one of the country’s top plastic surgery training programs.
The Bottom Line
The continued popularity of rhinoplasty procedures in Pittsburgh and all across the country is very reflective of its effectiveness in correcting a variety of concerns. Whether for medical or aesthetic reasons, many men and women have been able to benefit from surgical nose reshaping. And although there are some nonsurgical rhinoplasty alternatives, these offer temporary solutions that may not be able to correct every medical or cosmetic concern. If you’re unsure of which treatment option may be right for you, Dr. Heil of Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your options to get the smooth, natural-looking results you want.