Over the past few years, Rhinoplasty has consistently been one of the top 3 most popular surgeries performed all over the world. As an “anchor” feature on our face, the nose plays an important role in the aesthetic balance of our physiognomic features and being dissatisfied with the shape or size often results in distress or disgust. Moreover , the difficulty of concealing surgery, the swelling, bruising and overall discomfort of rhinoplasty (which may include difficulties in breathing, sleeping and wearing an uncomfortable protection accessory), may understandably…put you off. If this sounds all too familiar, know that aesthetic medicine provides a fantastic alternative called (Tcha-ram!!) “Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty”! A non-surgical rhinoplasty is, as the name suggests, a medical, non-invasive procedure that uses injectable products (soft tissue fillers, Botox® or even soft threads) to re-shape your nose, making detailed or more drastic corrections to the bridge of the nose, tip, nostrils and even correcting asymmetries in shape or proportion. The modern versions of this treatment (first experiments date from the 19th century) are based on the use of soft tissue/dermal fillers to fill the depresses areas of the nose, correcting lumpy bridges and asymmetries, lower retracted nostrils and giving new expression to the tip, by augmentation, correcting the direction or simply lifting the columella muscle. Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse are typical fillers used for this treatment. In Asian populations, for example, fillers are popular and widely used, to lift the common “flat bridge” and give it more definition and personality. Most recently, Botox® and threads are tend to be used in combination with the filler to maximize results. The Botox injection relax the muscle, which allows shape changes, while simplifying the sculpt work made with the filler. Botox makes it possible to reduce nose flare or open the septi nasal muscle, while easing the typical “bunny lines” around the nose. Moreover the application of soft threads can narrow the base of the nose (reducing the space between nostrils) or even correct deviations of the bridge. The possibilities are vast and, although these procedures don’t allow any reduction in size of the nose, the truth is these shape corrections provide a better balance between the facial features and can make the nose actually look smaller. Also note that this procedure is widely use to correct defects resulting from previous unsuccessful surgeries. Last but not least, remember that:
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