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Every year, half a million people who are interested in improving the appearance of their noses seek consultation with facial plastic surgeons. Some are unhappy with the noses they were born with, and some with the way aging has changed their nose. For others, an injury may have distorted the nose, or the goal may be improved breathing. But one thing is clear: nothing has a greater impact on how a person looks than the size and shape of the nose. Because the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, a slight alteration can greatly improve one's appearance.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure in which injectable fillers, most commonly hyaluronic acid fillers (like Restylane and Juvederm) or calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse), are used to alter and shape a person's nose without invasive surgery. The procedure fills in depressed areas on the nose, lifting the angle of the tip or smoothing the appearance of bumps on the bridge. Non surgical rhinoplasty is an augmentation procedure, so it cannot reduce the size of someone's nose.

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Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Overview

GOALS Improve nasal appearance (size, shape, symmetry, proportion, balance) or nasal breathing or restore an injured nose to its pre-injury state
PROCEDURE Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty / Non-Surgical Nosejob
ANESTHESIA Local anesthesia
LENGTH under 1 hour
AFTER PROCEDURE Minor bruising and/or swelling which resolves within a few days
RECOVERY Resume normal activities immediately. Return to work immediately.

Dr. Pearson's practice offers Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty in addition to cosmetic, functional and reconstructive rhinoplasty.

Non-surgical correction is considered for patients with a treatment-suitable aesthetic defect, or a defect resulting from a surgical rhinoplasty. Because the procedure is not invasive, bruising and swelling are minimal. The procedure is not meant to decrease nose size, although it can make the nose appear smaller by making it look straighter. It is frequently used to increase the height and definition of the nasal bridge, as well as augmenting other precisely defined areas of the nose. The procedure is not used to correct functional defects.

The filler-injection technique for non-surgical rhinoplasty may allow for:

  • the augmentation of a flat nasal bridge (depressed dorsum)
  • the added projection of the nasal tip
  • correction of retracted columella
  • the perceptual diminution of a nasal hump
  • filling a nasal sidewall depression
  • enhancing a retracted anterior nasal spine
  • the elevation of a saddle nose deformity caused by a failed primary rhinoplasty
  • traumatic injury

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty is performed to improve the appearance of the nose. Although popular opinion does not consider the nose to be central to facial beauty, the nose's central facial location makes facial beauty elusive without nasal harmony with surrounding facial features. To that end, the goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to create a nose which is in balance with the rest of the face.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty may include the removal of a dorsal hump, refinement of the nasal tip, straightening or narrowing of a deviated or widened nose, modification of nasal proportions, as well as countless subtle nasal refinements. A beautiful nose has less to do with subjective preference than with symmetry, proportion and balance. When a nose is in harmony with surrounding facial features, attention is directed away from it and towards the eyes.

Functional Rhinoplasty involves improvement of nasal breathing problems. Functional rhinoplasty may include straightening a deviated nasal septum (septoplasty), turbinate surgery to reposition or reduce the size of the nasal turbinates (turbinoplasty) and surgical repair of incompetent nasal valves. Functional rhinoplasty may be covered partly or entirely by medical insurance.

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty entails surgical treatment of a nasal injury in an effort to bring the nose back to its pre-injury state. If the nasal injury is very recent (within days), it may be possible to correct or improve nasal deviation without surgery. Reconstructive rhinoplasty may be covered partly or entirely by medical insurance.

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Why Should You Choose Dr. Pearson to Perform Your Rhinoplasty?
In the field of plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is regarded as the most technically challenging of all operations. Whether rhinoplasty is sought for cosmetic, functional or reconstructive reasons, your choice of a qualified facial plastic surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Pearson is trained in both facial plastic surgery, and ear, nose, throat surgery, which provides you as the patient with the highest level of training and expertise. Furthermore, Dr. Pearson is an expert in the field and has written numerous surgical book chapters and articles covering various aspects of this complex operation.

Which Nasal Attributes Can Rhinoplasty Change or Improve?
Rhinoplasty can change:

  • Nasal asymmetry and deviation
  • Nose size, in relation to the other facial structures
  • Nose width, at the bridge
  • Nose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip, that is large or bulbous, drooping, or too upturned
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned

Candidates for Rhinoplasty Surgery
Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty:

  • Your nose is off-center or crooked
  • Previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical
  • Your nose appears too large for your face
  • There is a bump on the nasal bridge when viewed in profile
  • Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
  • The nasal tip droops or plunges
  • The tip is thickened or enlarged
  • Your nostrils are excessively flared

You may be a candidate for Cosmetic Rhinoplasty if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of the size or shape of the nose. If you experience breathing difficulty and the structure of the nose is determined to contribute to this problem, you may be a candidate for Functional Rhinoplasty. If you have recently sustained an injury to your nose which has affected its appearance, you may be a candidate for Reconstructive Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Surgery
The nose is a complex three-dimensional structure composed of multiple tissue types including bone, cartilage, skin, mucosa, and muscle. Rhinoplasty entails making surgical changes to the nasal tissues in order to affect the size, shape, and/or function of the nose. In many cases, the goals of rhinoplasty are neither entirely cosmetic, functional or reconstructive but some combination of these.

Possible Non-Surgical Alternative Treatments
For subtle improvements, non invasive methods may be considered to improve the appearance of the nose. For those who do not wish to consider surgery, injectable fillers may be employed by Dr. Pearson to improve nasal appearance. Call us for a consultation to learn if you may be a candidate for a non-surgical nasal treatment.

Recovery after Rhinoplasty Surgery
Following rhinoplasty, you can expect a few days of swelling and soreness which is well controlled with oral pain medications. Any nasal packing is removed after 1 day. Any external nasal sutures are removed after a few days. Internal and external nasal splints are typically removed after 7 days. By then, much of the nasal swelling is resolved and nasal breathing is improving. The nasal bones heal over several weeks. You can resume most normal activities after a couple of days, except for intense exercise, which may be resumed at about 3 weeks. Most people are able to return to work in 7-10 days. Contact sports should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.

Rhinoplasty Publications by Dr. Pearson

Dr. Pearson is a Rhinoplasty specialist and a published author who has written numerous articles and plastic surgery textbook chapters on this topic. Learn more here.

  • Quatela VC, Pearson JM. Management of the Aging Nose. Rhinoplasty The Experts' Reference. Ed. Sclafani, AP. Thieme. 2015.
  • Quatela VC, Pearson JM. The Underprojected Nose / Ptotic Tip. Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction. Ed. Azizzadeh B, et al. Philadelphia, Elsevier. 2011
  • Sclafani AP, Pearson JM. Nasal Grafts & Implants. Advanced Therapy in Facial and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Ed. Thomas JR. PMPH-USA, Ltd. 2010
  • Quatela VC, Pearson JM. Management of the Aging Nose. Facial Plast Surg. 2009 Oct;25(4):215-221.
  • Romo T 3rd, Pearson JM. Nasal implants. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2008 Feb;16(1):123-32
  • Romo III T, Patel A, Pearson JM. Local Mucosal Flaps for Closure of Septal Perforations. Grabb’s Encyclopedia of Flaps, Volume I: Head and Neck, 3rd Edition. Eds. Strauch B, et al. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009. 221-224.
  • Romo T 3rd, Pearson JM, Lin HS, Patel A, Presti P, Abraham MT, Yalamanchili H.  Rhinoplasty, Postrhinoplasty Nasal Obstruction. e-medicine article. October 12, 2007.
  • Romo T 3rd, Yalamanchili H, Presti P, Pearson JM. Septal Perforation: Surgical Aspects. e-medicine article. July 24, 2007.
Rhinoplasty Experts Reference

Rhinoplasty: The Experts' Reference

Management of the Aging Nose

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction

The Underprojected Nose / Ptotic Tip

Encyclopedia of Flaps

Grabb’s Encyclopedia of Flaps
Local Mucosal Flaps for Septal Perforation

Management of the Aging Nose

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Management of the Aging Nose

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Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America

Nasal implants

Advanced Therapies in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Advanced Therapy in Facial and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nasal Grafts & Implants

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