Florida plastic surgeons at Accent in Gainesville employ a rhinoplasty procedure to help patients reshape and resize their noses. Rhinoplasty surgery in fact is among the top five cosmetic surgery procedures with over 152,000 “nose job” procedures being performed in 2008 alone.
While plastic surgery procedures have improved dramatically, there are still some imperfections.
To smooth out any minor irregularities and asymmetries remaining after any initial rhinoplasty procedure, surgeons have increasingly been turning to injectable fillers. The rise of injectable fillers to smooth wrinkles and other skin enhancements has naturally lead surgeons to consider their use to correct any imperfections following surgery according to an article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
“Injectable fillers allow surgeons to correct post-surgical imperfections without the expense, anesthetic risk, or recovery downtime involved with additional surgery,” comments Dr. Steve Dayan, MD, one of three authors of the article and assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.
Injectable filler substances like Hyaluronic Acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite gel (CaHA) and off-label liquid silicone have all been used to varying degrees of success to treat post-surgical nasal deformities.
Authors of the paper though don’t suggest silicone since it carriers a higher risk of complication.
Surgeons also have to be careful on how they use these injectable fillers in the nose region. Placing filler at the nose’s tip, base and too deep can cause complications like bumpy appearance, soft tissue damage or even compromise blood vessels in the nose.
“The use of any soft tissue filler in the nose should always be approached with caution and with thorough consideration of a patient’s inpidual circumstances,” says Dr. Dayan.
And while these fillers offer an easy, less expensive way to revise your nose’s shape and appearance following a rhinoplasty, they’re not recommended as a primary option for altering your nose.
Innovative techniques like this though can make any post-surgical corrections quick and easy and not require you to undergo more surgery.
As with any plastic surgery procedure, only deal with board-certified plastic surgeons that have the requisite training and experience to safely work on your nose.