Non-surgical vs. Surgical Rhinoplasty: Which One is Right For You?

As one of the most requested procedures at Memorial Plastic Surgery, we have performed rhinoplasty for patients who wanted to change the size and angle of their nose or reshape the structure of their nose for a more proportional appearance We have also performed multiple rhinoplasties to help... | Read More

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As one of the most requested procedures at Memorial Plastic Surgery, we have performed rhinoplasty for patients who wanted to change the size and angle of their nose or reshape the structure of their nose for a more proportional appearance. We have also performed multiple rhinoplasties to help people who have breathing complications due to problems with their nasal structure.

Since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, we have received an influx of requests for rhinoplasty in Houston. As screen time at meetings, classes, and even social events such as parties and product launches has increased over the past 18 months, more and more people are experiencing what has become known as Zoom Dysmorphia. This has been cited by many physicians as the reason for the sudden demand for facial plastic surgery, especially for procedures such as rhinoplasty.

Many of our patients ask about the difference between non-surgical (or liquid) and surgical rhinoplasty. Surgical rhinoplasty has been the traditional procedure, but the development of a non-surgical option offers patients a more cost-effective alternative.

If you are considering rhinoplasty, take a closer look at the differences between surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty here.

The Pros & Cons of Non-Surgical Nose Job

Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses injectable fillers to alter and shape a person’s nose without surgery. This procedure is ideal for patients who seek to do minimal changes to the shape of their nose, usually over the bridge and tip of the nose. It does not alter the structure of the nose, rather it temporarily augments and camouflages areas.

Its main advantages are seen in two factors: cheaper cost and much shorter recovery time. However, the filler dissolves over time, so patients will need repeat treatments over time.

PROS CONS
Cheaper than surgical rhinoplasty Fillers dissolve over time and will require repeat treatments to maintain the desired appearance
Shorter procedure with less downtime Bruising and swelling for approximately 1 week
No general anesthesia Increase in the size of the nose
Results are reversible Not suitable for every patient or type of nose

The Pros & Cons of Surgical Rhinoplasty

Surgical rhinoplasty offers results that can last a lifetime. When we perform traditional rhinoplasty, we are committed to correcting any issues – aesthetic or functional – and we can better reshape a patient’s nasal anatomy through surgery. The final result occurs within a year and a half.

Rhinoplasty is the better option for those desiring or in need of major alterations to their nose. Surgery is the only option in cases where the nose has been injured engaging in sports or other sources of injury.

PROS CONS
Presents a lot of options for reshaping the various nasal structures internally and externally Costs are higher and require longer downtime post-op
Can restore breathing issues caused by the structure of the nose Swelling lasts for several months
Permanent results Final results take up to a year to occur

Determining Which Procedure Is Right For You

When it comes to figuring out which procedure is right for you, we always recommend first consulting a plastic surgeon to discuss your goals. A non-surgical rhinoplasty might be appropriate for those who have minor issues. However, surgical rhinoplasty can provide significant and dramatic improvement, both aesthetic and functional.

Reach out to our plastic surgeons today to know your options.

Request Your ConsultationYou can request a consultation online or if you have any questions please call the office 713-633-4411.

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