Your Rhinoplasty Options: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical

Wondering what the difference is between a surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty? Surgical rhinoplasty continues to be one of the top plastic surgery procedures performed. Some patients are not ready to undergo rhinoplasty surgery. In such cases, dermal fillers can be effective in making small, temporary adjustments to the appearance of the nose, without the incisions, possible risks and downtime associated with surgery.

Choosing the right method of treatment is critical, as too little or too much correction can result in unattractive or unnatural results. Voted a top rhinoplasty surgeon by RealSelf.com, Dr. Jose Barrera, MD is the trusted choice for San Antonio patients seeking beautiful and natural-looking results with both rhinoplasty and dermal fillers for non-surgical rhinoplasty. Dr. Barrera combines his knowledge and training in rhinoplasty with an artistic eye to make precise corrections and deliver stellar results with both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Are You a Candidate for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Dermal fillers work by adding volume to a facial area and thus creating a more attractive shape. Nose reshaping with dermal fillers is ideal for patients who wish to conceal mild cosmetic concerns. During treatment, Dr. Barrera will carefully inject the desired amount of filler in the specific areas on and around the nose that need adjustment. Dermal fillers can be used to smooth out a bump on the nasal bridge or reshape an upturned or droopy nasal tip by adding volume as needed. The details of your treatment will be determined following a thorough evaluation of your aesthetic needs and discussion of your goals with Dr. Barrera.

Results with rhinoplasty can last anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the specific injectable product used. The procedure is performed in-office and takes no more than 30 minutes to complete. Patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.

Because dermal fillers do not change the internal structures of the nose, they cannot address breathing irregularities or other medical concerns associated with the nose. Dermal fillers are a suitable option for patients who are interested in surgical rhinoplasty but want to get a sense of what results to expect before committing to permanent enhancement. Nose reshaping with facial fillers has some limitations as it cannot permanently correct asymmetry, depressions in the nose, or revision rhinoplasty deformities.

When Is Surgical Rhinoplasty Appropriate?

Patients who desire extensive changes to the size and shape of the nose, or experience breathing impairment due to structural abnormalities, are suitable candidates for rhinoplasty. Traditional rhinoplasty or nose job surgery can address the following aesthetic and functional concerns:

  • Oversized, crooked or wide nose
  • Bump on the nasal bridge
  • Upturned or droopy nasal tip
  • Oversized or uneven nostrils
  • Deviated septum or other anatomical abnormality that impairs normal breathing function

The details of your rhinoplasty procedure will depend on your specific concerns and needs. As a top rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Barrera is trained and skilled in the latest surgical techniques. He will design a treatment plan that yields the most favorable outcome without compromising the safety of the procedure. Recovery from rhinoplasty can take one to two weeks, depending on each patient’s healing progress.

If you wish to temporarily or permanently enhance the shape of your nose, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrera. As a board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Barrera is a trusted rhinoplasty expert and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your aesthetic concerns and recommend a solution. Contact his San Antonio practice by calling (210) 468-5426.