Rhinoplasty vs. Non-Surgical Fillers
An exciting development in aesthetics, a “non-surgical nose job” has become a subject of great interest for people who are unhappy with the size, shape, or appearance of the nose. While the use of dermal fillers to alter nose shape can be effective for some people who have minor flaws, this treatment may not be appropriate for more serious nose shape or size issues.
Non-Surgical Nose Job
To change nose shape with a dermal filler requires an evaluation of the nose structure to determine if the procedure will be effective in creating the change you envision. If you have a minor cosmetic flaw, this treatment could be a positive choice. Typically, non-surgical fillers can work for those who live with subtle, but bothersome cosmetic flaws such as:
- Minor bump on nose bridge
- “Ski-jump” nose profile
- A flatter nose profile
- A minor droop on nose tip
- Sharply angled nose structure
In a non-surgical nose job, a dermal filler is carefully injected to add volume or the appearance of “lift.” As with any dermal filler, the results diminish with time as the filler is slowly absorbed by the body. Maintaining the change in appearance will require further injections as the effect fades. While this is a fast, easy procedure, requiring only about half an hour, it cannot produce results for more serious structural or cosmetic nose issues.
Surgical Nose Job: Rhinoplasty
For a nose structure that requires more correction, only a surgical procedure can produce a significant change. Those who have an overlarge nose, a large hump on the nose bridge, large nostrils that affect overall facial appearance, or a very droopy, bulbous, or seriously asymmetrical nose – or a deviated septum affecting breathing – will need a surgical rhinoplasty.
Your nose shape, size, and projection have a dramatic impact on your facial appearance. When the nose is very prominent, it naturally draws attention. Many of our patients feel less confident about how they appear due to an overlarge or over-projecting nose, a hooked or droopy appearance, or another flaw. They seek a surgical procedure to reshape the nose for a more appealing, balanced, facial profile.
Customized Nose Reshaping: Rhinoplasty
A rhinoplasty is a custom surgical procedure and involves a great deal of artistry and delicacy to perform correctly to successfully enhance the other facial features, while appearing fully natural. As one of the more complex facial surgeries, it is imperative that a rhinoplasty is performed correctly. A poorly-performed rhinoplasty may leave a patient seeking a further surgery to correct it, called a revision rhinoplasty. It is unfortunate when this occurs. Always choose your plastic surgeon carefully.
Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures
While a nose reshaping procedure is called a rhinoplasty, there are several different methods that may be employed. The various types of rhinoplasty surgeries performed by Dr. Ridgway include:
The majority of patients seeking the surgery do so as they are unhappy with the size, shape, or appearance of the nose. A cosmetic reshaping of the nose structure can produce a truly stunning cosmetic improvement, with the features now balanced, harmonious, and far more attractive. To achieve this result requires surgical skill along with an artistic approach and an eye for facial balance.
Different ethnic backgrounds naturally have certain features. In performing an ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Ridgway is committed to preserving the unique qualities that define you and creating a nose structure that suits the other features in the most aesthetic way. Every ethnic group deals with different nose structure issues, from overlarge noses, to flat nose bridges, to wider noses. To streamline the appearance in a manner that enhances the other features requires delicacy, skill, and the ability to create a structure that does not deny your ethnic origins.
A revision rhinoplasty is needed to correct a poorly performed – or botched – nose job. As an acclaimed facial plastic surgeon in Seattle, Dr. Ridgway is often called upon to perform this delicate surgical procedure when the result of a previous rhinoplasty is not what the patient envisioned — either too small, too large, uneven, or when it does not suit the other facial features. This procedure can correct various issues of concern, from breathing problems to an unpleasant cosmetic outcome.
Rhinoplasty to Correct Functional Problems
Patients who have a deviated septum will live with ongoing breathing problems. These include nasal blockage, typically more on one side, congestion, constant sinus infections, nosebleeds, snoring or noisy breathing during sleep hours, headaches, facial pain, or even sleep apnea. A rhinoplasty can bring about a very significant improvement in quality of life. If you struggle with any of these symptoms, it is important that you have your nose structure evaluated. Restoring the function of the inner nose structures can bring relief to many unpleasant or painful symptoms.
Your Nose, Your Face
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and are considering either a non-surgical nose job or a surgical procedure, you want to ensure your plastic surgeon has the is known for excellence and high level surgical skills. Dr. Ridgway is a board certified as both a plastic surgeon and as an ear, nose, and throat specialist; his knowledge of facial structure is truly extraordinary. This knowledge and skill, along with his artistic approach to nose reshaping, has made him the premier rhinoplasty surgeon in Seattle.
Facial Balance – The Secret Behind Attraction
Facial balance and natural attraction go hand in hand. While every person has individual preferences, certain basics hold true across all ethnicities and cultures. To create the most appealing balance and harmony for facial features that is naturally appealing, it may be necessary to alter nose structure. The results, when the procedure is correctly performed, can be a dramatic improvement. Your eyes, mouth, and facial structure are now balanced, and your most attractive features are highlighted, rather than hidden by a large or oddly-shaped nose.
We work closely with each patient to plan and execute a rhinoplasty. Every person has a unique facial structure, and this procedure, when performed correctly, is a true enhancement. Our patients tell us that they feel more confident and experience a much higher quality of life.
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