Many plastic surgeons are offering filler rhinoplasty as an alternative to surgical rhinoplasty. While it does have its fair share of benefits, in many cases it is far from ideal. Filler rhinoplasty is typically a supplemental procedure, used near the end of surgical rhinoplasty to smooth out any minor issues remaining.
Surgical rhinoplasty is more extensive and complex than filler rhinoplasty. The skin of the nose is often lifted, allowing greater access to underlying tissues. The surgeon is able to make structural changes to the bone, cartilage, and soft tissue of the nose. Unlike filler rhinoplasty, surgical rhinoplasty allows for nasal features to be removed. Overall, it’s better for dealing with larger and more difficult issues.
Filler rhinoplasty is also unable to solve functional issues. Because needles cannot remove bone or cartilage, only surgical rhinoplasty can be used for these procedures. Deviated septums can only be corrected by the alteration and removal of bone. Swollen turbinates can be corrected using scalpels, radiofrequency waves, and lasers, but not needles.
Filler rhinoplasty cannot solve structural support issues. Weakened bone or cartilage can cause several issues, included trouble with breathing. Supporting these weakened tissues requires the use of nasal implants, either in the form of synthetic materials or organic grafts made of bone or cartilage.
Many dermafiller materials are temporary, meaning they slowly absorb into your system and disappear. Because of this, your nose will return to normal in a year or possibly as short as six months from the procedure date, and you’ll need to come back for more filler rhinoplasty. With surgical rhinoplasty, this is not a factor – your surgery will be permanent.
Doctors Marcelo Ghersi and Jason Altman are board-certified plastic surgeons serving the Miami area. Contact our office to arrange a rhinoplasty consultation – your new nose is just a phone call or email away.