Surgical and Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty – Which is Better?
Rhinoplasty (nose job) has traditionally been a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. This involves making small incisions outside and inside the nose to access the underlying bones and cartilages in order to modify their size and shape. However, as minimally invasive procedures are becoming more popular in medicine, non-surgical procedures have been tried for nose reshaping. A number of injectable tissue fillers have been FDA approved in recent years such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and Radiesse. These injectables have been used for correction of facial wrinkles. Many plastic surgeons have started injecting these fillers in the nose in order to alter the shape of the nose. For example, injecting the filler above and below the bump on the bridge allows to hide it achieving a straight appearing nasal bridge. The fillers can also be injected in the tip to improve the definition of the tip and give an illusion of a raised tip. So, which rhinoplasty procedure is better? Both procedu