Risks of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
By Space Coast Daily // March 10, 2020
Most of us consider our facial features as our asset when it comes to how we project our image to other people.
There are many who want to have perky, symmetrical nose features to boost their self-image and confidence.
Nose lifts and cosmetic surgeries are the common ways of achieving a well-sculpted nose, but non-surgical rhinoplasty is getting more popular due to its relatively easier and less painful process than surgical procedures.
It is considered less invasive than surgical nose jobs, but the application and introduction of substances inside the nasal tissue may pose some risks.
We’ll explore some of these risks in order to help you weigh your options when choosing your cosmetic nose enhancements.
What is Non-surgical Rhinoplasty?
Before we touch on the possible risks of this cosmetic procedure, let us first define what this process is all about. Also known as liquid rhinoplasty, non-surgical rhinoplasty involves injecting dermal fillers (commonly hyaluronic acid-based fillers) into the nose to alter its shape.
This non-surgical nose job is considered as a good alternative for those that have isolated nasal feature deformities such as bumps and minor asymmetries.
It is also a less-expensive procedure than rhinoplasty and is the go-to option for those who want to see instant results and those who do not want to take long days off work after the procedure.
What are the Risks of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
As a word of caution, this procedure is something that a licensed or registered medical professional such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon should be administered.
This is because the nose has a complex network or small arteries and veins that are interconnected with the blood vessels passing through the eyes.
Thus, it is important that the medical professional who will administer the dermal filler has thorough knowledge about the nasal anatomy in order to prevent risks and developing complications.
When not administered properly, a botched liquid rhinoplasty can cause infections, skin necrosis, complications of blood vessel blockage and blindness is also a high risk.
Interventions for Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Risks
Early detection is key to reversing or mitigating the adverse effects of liquid rhinoplasty. If you notice a discomfort, pain, discoloration of unnatural paleness on the site of injection or its neighboring areas, it is best to consult a doctor right away.
Hyaluronidase is commonly administered to counteract the hyaluronic acid or HA-based filler used, but it will be ineffective when permanent fillers are used.
Aspirin can be an effective blood-thinning agent in case of artery occlusion or blockage. A follow-up or complementation of hyperbaric oxygen for 3-5 days can aid in the recovery from liquid rhinoplasty complications.
Is Liquid Rhinoplasty Safe?
When applied by a competent and knowledgeable medical professional, non-surgical rhinoplasty is effective and safe for improving the features of the nose.
One of the safe areas to apply the filler is along the bridge of the nose, away from the arteries. Injecting below the level of the blood vessels in the nose also contributes to a safer application of the fillers.
A properly administered liquid rhinoplasty can give your nose a well-sculpted features and visible results can be noticed a few days after the procedure.
Being able to know the risks as well as benefits of a cosmetic medical procedure such as non-surgical rhinoplasty can help you make informed decisions on how you will proceed with improving your nose features.
If you wish to proceed with a non-surgical rhinoplasty, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or aesthetic dermatologist if you are a good candidate.
When undergoing the procedure, make sure that there has been prior discussion and approval from your doctor and that HA fillers are used and the administering medical professional has all the necessary precautions should things go sideways.
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