With the rise in popularity of the “liquid nose job,” many patients are coming in for a consultation wondering what the best option is for their specific needs. Of course, most people would choose a nonsurgical procedure over a surgical one if the results were equal; however, the results for these 2 procedures are slightly different. Before making your decision, it is important to educate yourself and weigh the options.
The goal of the surgical rhinoplasty at our Albany, NY, practice is to bring the nose into balance with the rest of the face. It can not only help you achieve your desired look, but also be used for reconstructive purposes.
Surgical rhinoplasty can achieve a number of things including:
- Smoothing a prominent hump
- Reshaping the tip
- Straightening the bridge
- Slimming the bridge
- Correcting large nostrils
- Improving breathing
- Improving the results of a previous rhinoplasty
A traditional rhinoplasty at our practice typically costs between $6,000 and $7,000. A portion of the procedure may be covered by insurance if you have breathing issues, such as those caused by a deviated septum. A septoplasty, for example, is a necessary medical procedure that corrects a deviated septum but does not affect the appearance of the nose at all.
Your nose will be splinted to help maintain its shape for the first few days. Once the splint is removed, most of my patients look and feel significantly better. This improvement will continue over the course of the next year as swelling completely resolves.
Results are long-lasting—most patients can enjoy their results for a lifetime. If you do not like your results, you have the option to have a revision surgery; however, this procedure is more complicated. Having said this, it is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in performing facial plastic surgery for your original procedure, so you are less likely to need a revision.
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A nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a term that refers to any sort of cosmetic nose reshaping performed without an incision. Instead, the improvements are made using injectable fillers.
A nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not suited for every patient. Your eligibility depends on your specific aesthetic concerns. The treatment can address the following:
- Nasal bump
- Grooves, dents, and other depressions
- A droopy nasal tip
- A flat nasal bridge
- A “saddle” nose
The price per syringe of RADIESSE® is $650. One of the primary differences between these procedures is cost. Although a surgical rhinoplasty is more expensive than a 10-minute liquid rhinoplasty, a traditional rhinoplasty is permanent. Nonsurgical rhinoplasties must be touched up every 6 to 9 months. The cost of these repeated treatments can add up and, over time, equal, or even exceed, the cost of traditional rhinoplasty.
Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, there is no downtime associated with this treatment. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. Some may experience slight swelling, bruising, or redness, but these side effects should resolve within a few days.
The nonsurgical nose job has some limitations when it comes to desired results. Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, the nonsurgical version can only add volume. This means that it isn’t the best option for treating complaints like a wide nasal bridge, boxy tip, or difficulty breathing.
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Although the nonsurgical approach has its advantages, it isn’t right for everyone. One of the board-certified plastic surgeons at TPSG would be glad to discuss options with you.
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