Monday, February 11, 2013

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

There is been a significant amount of generated interest in non-surgical rhinoplasty or a liquid nose job using fillers such as Restylane or Radiesse. This can help camouflage the appearance of a dorsal hump without surgery. I absolutely do not recommend non-surgical or injection rhinoplasty for numerous reasons.

Filler injections to the nose will not improve the nasal airway and do not help breathing. With nose surgery, the aesthetic aspects of the nose may be addressed as well as the functional ones.

Filler injections to the nose can enter into a blood vessel and have led to case reports of visual loss in some patients. The arteries that run across the top and side of the nose trace back to the arteries behind the eye for vision. If the filler particle is injected with enough pressure, it can move back and occlude the artery supplying blood and oxygen to the retina leading to visual loss.

Filler injections to the nose are temporary and can lead to scarring making future surgery more difficult.

If you are interested in rhinoplasty or changing the shape of your nose, surgery is the best option.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty or nose surgery specialist in Houston, TX.