Imagine a nose job without the black eyes, stiches or surgery. Sounds impossible right? Welcome to injectable Rhinoplasty, a non-surgical, no downtime alternative to the traditional nose job. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not for everybody. It can’t reduce the size of your nose, but it can blend the bumps and add some structure to a flat nose.
So how does it work? Dr William Mooney from Rhinoplasty Sydney explains that synthetic fillers – hyaluronic acid or polyacrylamide gel are injected into the nose to correct contour. “The fillers help to camouflage bumps and irregularities, straighten noses, and refine the appearance of the nose, resulting in flawless facial symmetry”.
To assess whether you’re a suitable candidate Dr Mooney meets with you to first assess your medical history and deem if the treatment is appropriate for you. Next, his team takes a series of photos and transfers them into 3D imaging technology. The facial modelling system allows the patient to see their nose from all angles. Dr Mooney will then pinpoint the finite areas of treatment and adjust as such on the images to give an accurate ‘after’ result for the patients’ review. Should the patient be happy with the imaging result they will proceed with a saline injection to mimic the results of the actual injection.
Saline solution (salt water) is applied in the same way the actual formula would be. For roughly 10 minutes the patient will see the changes to their nose.
This is an incredible ‘try before you buy’ option before patients completely commit. Patients are encouraged to take selfies and film themselves to take home and share with close family and friends. The process is relatively painless and similar to any other cosmetic injectable treatment such as fillers and muscle relaxants.
After some time has passed we bring the patient back in to perform the final part of the Injectable Rhinoplasty process. The procedure takes about thirty minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic.
“It really is a simple and safe procedure with great, natural results”.
Everybody metabolises hyaluronic acid’s at a different speed. Typically, we tell patients it lasts about a year. But things such as smoking, hyperthyroidism, heavy exercise and “high energy” individuals tend to metabolise it faster. Permanent filler, on the other hand, is not reversible and as its name states, permanent.
Post injections ice is used to help reduce any swelling. Minor bruising can occur depending on the patient’s skin type and sensitivity. After two weeks, patients come back in for a follow-up appointment and ‘after’ photos are taken.
Longevity of both ‘permanent’ and ‘semi permanent’ gel fillers differs from patient to patient, and to maintain your desired result Dr Mooney will simply repeat treatment – adjusting the amount and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results.
Clinical studies of ‘permanent’ fillers (polyacrylamide gel) have shown patients to be satisfied with aesthetic results many years after injection without retreatment, and specifically – 90% satisfaction after 5 years.
‘Semi-permanent’ (hyaluronic acid) fillers are a more temporary option is often recommended for first-time treatment. Results of this filler will typically last 6-18 months.
Dr Mooney uses ‘semi-permanent’ filler for injectable rhinoplasty that is composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid. In the early 2000s the FDA approved the use of hyaluronic acid fillers, ultimately changing the game in dermal fillers as previously only bovine collagen and human collagen filler had been used. Hyaluronic acid, however, is a natural substance (sugar) commonly found in the connective tissues of the body. This substance is synthesised into an injectable gel. The gel provides an effective, non-invasive, non-surgical alternative to rhinoplasty due to its enormous ability to bind water and ease of injection. The ease of discomfort is due to the percentage of local anaesthetic in the gel.
For ‘permanent’ injectable rhinoplasty Dr Mooney uses a filler that is composed of a substance called polyacrylamide. This filler gel has a proven track record for both safety and satisfaction – based on 16 years use and over 400,000 treatments. The gel feels and behaves like it is a natural part of the body. It consists of 97.5% water and 2.5% polyacrylamide and becomes completely integrated with your body’s own tissue. The volume that the gel supplies remains correctly in place beneath the skin in harmony with your body.
If you are considering any of the surgeries mentioned above then please contact us for a full consultation with Dr Mooney to discuss your individual needs and to assess whether the procedures are the right option for you.