Non–Surgical Rhinoplasty is a medical procedure in which injectable Dermal Fillers are used to camouflage various nasal deformities when surgery is not an option.
A Dermal Filler can fill out bumps and irregularities of shape to create a more normal shape without surgery. These include:
The Dermal Fillers available in Australia can be broadly divided into two categories according to how long the correction should last:
1. NON-PERMANENT with durations in the order of 3 months to 3 years depending on the brand of Filler and its formulation:
In this ‘Non-Permanent’ category, we only recommend those Dermal Fillers that contain the identical polysaccharide (complex sugar chain) present in ALL human and animal skin. Therefore, having the chemically-identical agent as your skin’s own ‘natural filler’, the risk of an allergic reaction is so negligible that no pre-treatment skin testing is required. Most importantly, these fillers are NOT of animal origin. Instead, the polysaccharide is manufactured synthetically but it is still equivalent to that found in human skin.
We believe that the Dermal Fillers in this group are by far the best choice for general use because they:
‘Permanent’ & ‘Semi-Permanent’ Fillers of various brand names are the other type of Dermal Filler on the market. The active ingredients of these Fillers are not identical to those found in human skin and may therefore be considered ‘foreign’ to the human body. They initially deliver volume but then have an ongoing effect of depositing collagen permanently around the particles of Filler. Based on the very way in which these Fillers work, they do have a higher propensity to cause Foreign Body Granulomas (hard red lumps) which would then require cortisone injections and possibly surgical excision.
In the best interests of our patients, and based on both anecdotal and published reports of permanent complications with this group of Fillers (Report: American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery Vol. 23, No3, 2006) we do not recommend these Fillers at our practice. Although tempting for some patients in terms of convenience and the perceived long-term cost advantages of a single or fewer treatments, the increased risk of adverse reactions compels us to advise patients to exercise caution if considering their use.
The only Dermal Fillers we recommend for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty are those in the Non-Permanent category for the following reasons:
Usually 6-18 months depending on the specific brand and type of Dermal Filler you choose. At your consultation, our doctor will give you a list of Fillers and their expected duration from which you can choose.
A treatment takes about 20 minutes depending on what needs to be corrected. Most of the Dermal Fillers we use contain a local anaesthetic which makes treatments comfortable.
Following the treatment, you may experience some mild puffiness in and adjacent to the injected areas but this usually settles within 72 hours. Discolouration from light bruising is possible but uncommon.