Nose Fillers VS Rhinoplasty: What to expect

  • April 29, 2021
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Nose fillers are a great alternative to rhinoplasty, thanks to the quick, easy and painless procedure. But do they offer long-lasting results? What about the downtime? How do you decide between nose fillers and rhinoplasty?

Why do I need rhinoplasty?

The nose sits in the centre of our faces and are at times, the focal point of facial symmetry. Most people would go for a rhinoplasty to reduce the size of their nose, or to correct imperfections like a crooked nose or humps.

considering rhinoplasty

Hence the rise of rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a nose job, involves the reconstruction and reshaping of the nose for either aesthetics or medical reasons. Rhinoplasty is an intense and costly procedure, which is why non-surgical nose fillers have gained popularity in recent years.

Achieving different nose goals

Both nose fillers and rhinoplasty are effective in altering the look of your nose, but they also address different issues, whether that be aesthetic or medical.

Unlike nose fillers, rhinoplasty is often performed for medical reasons, such as alleviating breathing issues that can be caused by a deviated septum. Rhinoplasty can also:

  • Change the size of the nose, making it smaller or bigger
  • Reduce the size of the nasal tip
  • Reshape the nostrils
  • Reduce the bridge of the nose
  • Enhance symmetry of the face
nose goals with rhinoplasty

On the other hand, the advantages of nose fillers is that they offer a non-surgical alternative to achieve the following:

  • Reduce the appearance of nasal bumps
  • Make the nose appear straighter
  • Improve the look of a hooked nose by lifting the tip

Nose fillers vs rhinoplasty: What are the pros and cons?

When deciding between these two treatments, it is important to choose wisely to ensure that whichever you opt for is going to help you achieve your desired results.

Understanding the process behind nose fillers and rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is always an invasive procedure however there are two different types – open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty.

process of rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty involves making an incision on the outside of the nose, allowing the surgeon to effectively ‘fold back’ the nose skin and openly operate on the inside of the nose. This type of surgery may leave the patient with a visible scar. Closed rhinoplasty is where the incision is made on the inside of the nose, and sculpting is done from the outside. This method has a lower risk of leaving a visible scar.

Rhinoplasties can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the amount of altering required. You may also be expected to stay in hospital for 1 or 2 nights to be monitored. 

process of nose fillers

With nose fillers, on the other hand, the procedure is non-invasive and much less intense than rhinoplasty. It involves injecting a hyaluronic acid filler (which is also used in treatments such as Profhilo) into the nose. Once injected, the aesthetician will mould the filler to sit where it is needed – and that’s the treatment done! The full procedure takes as little as 10 minutes.

Unlike rhinoplasty where the results are permanent, nose fillers last around 6 to 12 months before they start to slowly dissolve, returning your nose to its natural form.

Do nose fillers or rhinoplasty have side effects?

rhinoplasty surgery procedure

Any surgical procedures are accompanied by side effects. Side effects post-rhinoplasty treatment can include swelling, soreness, bruising, nosebleeds, a blocked nose, numbness, or stiffness. As with any major surgery, there are also risks and possible complications, and these may include:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Altered sense of smell
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to the cartilage between your nostrils

Because nose fillers are non-surgical procedures, the possible risks and complications are a lot less than you need to consider with rhinoplasty. Post-injection, there may still be the possibility of bruising, swelling, as well as minor discomfort which can last up to a few days.

There is, in very rare cases, the possibility of an adverse reaction to the type of filler used. Hence, you should check with your aesthetic doctor about the fillers and your suitability for the procedure.

What is the recovery process like?

recovery rhinoplasty nose fillers

Whether you opt for open or closed rhinoplasty surgery, the downtime for this surgical procedure is around 1 to 2 weeks. After 5 to 6 days, the splint will be removed and you can venture out in public, but be sure to avoid any strenuous exercise lest it prolongs your recovery process!

However, one of the most appealing benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty or nose fillers is the easy recovery. There is no particular need for downtime, although you may experience some slight bruising or swelling. You can return to the office or carry on with your usual activities straight away!

What if I don’t like my results?

If you are worried about the results of your rhinoplasty operation, it is important to wait at least 6 months post-operation to really see the results of your new nose before requesting for a revision. Swelling can remain even up to a year after your surgery.

If, after this time, you are still unhappy with your results, it is possible to have revisional rhinoplasty to fix your concerns.

Fixing nose fillers is a much easier process than fixing a nose job. In most instances, an enzyme can be injected into the nose which will dissolve the fillers and return your nose to its original shape.

Finding the best surgeon for rhinoplasty or nose fillers

plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty nose fillers

Whichever treatment you opt for to get your dream nose, you must choose your surgeon well. It is always advisable to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that you receive the highest quality of treatment and aftercare.

Check their qualification and credentials: Where did they study? Are they board-certified?

Although choosing well-trained, highly recommended surgeons can be costly, it’s certainly worth it. Paying more means less risk of anything going wrong which would require you to pay for revisional rhinoplasty in the future.

Before you take the plunge in getting rhinoplasty or nose fillers, take a look at this article which highlights five things you should consider before getting a nose job in Singapore.

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