It’s no surprise thata lot has changed since the first rhinoplasties were performed in ancient India. Since that time, surgical practices and technology have been constantly evolving to produce better, more consistent results and less invasive surgeries. One technique, the non-surgical rhinoplasty, first appeared at the turn of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the materials that were used at the time (paraffin wax) proved harmful to patients. It was not until the early 21st century that safe materials were used to non-surgically improve nasal appearance. With both methods available today, which is right for you? Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of each procedure.
Surgical rhinoplasty is a tried and true method for permanently improving the appearance of the nose through reshaping. It is a complex operation that must be performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon.
- Natural appearance
- Highly customizable
- Versatile – can produce a wide variety of appearances
- No ongoing cost or doctor’s visits
- More invasive, requires anesthesia
- Recovery time of 1-4 weeks, with some swelling present until 1 year post-op
- Permanent – a bad outcome must be corrected with a second surgery
Attractive due to its non-invasive and inexpensive nature, the non-surgical rhinoplasty is a relatively new advent in nasal cosmetic procedures. Performed by injecting facial fillers into the nose, the procedure still requires a skilled hand and in-depth knowledge of nasal structure.
- Non-invasive, no general anesthesia
- Less expensive than surgery
- No downtime
- Limited options and improvement
- Ongoing expense
- Can produce some nasal scarring, making future surgical rhinoplasty more difficult
Not sure what you want? Only a board-certified facial plastic surgeon can answer specific questions and recommend the rhinoplasty method that is right for you. Rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Robert Mounsey offers high-quality, experienced care at Revesse in Toronto. For Dr. Mounsey’s expert advice, call 416.438.2499today to set up a consultation.