Reshaping or rhinoplasty: what’s best for my nose?

rhinoplasty vs nose reshapingIf you’ve decided that 2019 is the year that you finally do something about your nose, you’ll be pleased to know that your options are wider than ever. There are plenty of bespoke procedures available nowadays, but the two main ones are rhinoplasty and nose reshaping. So a good place to start on your journey towards a nicer nose would be to compare and contrast the two very distinctive procedures…

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the medical term for what’s commonly known as a ‘nose job’ – the shrinking down of the nose area which is achieved by making incisions around the nose area, giving the surgeon the opportunity to remove the right amount of bone and cartilage to achieve a more streamlined and in-proportion shape

What is nose reshaping?

It’s essentially the injection of dermal fillers, to fill out certain areas of the nose in order to smooth out imperfections.

What are the pros and cons?

Rhinoplasty is a one-shot deal: what the surgeon removes will not grow back, and the odds of you having to go back in for further work is exceedingly slim. However, there will be swelling around the nose and eyes for up to two weeks, and it can be up to six months before the final shape has fully bedded in.

Nose reshaping is quicker, with instant results and minimal downtime. However, due to the nature of fillers, the effects are not permanent, lasting from anywhere from eight to ten months. However, you can always ‘top-up’ the treatment when you need to.

Which one works best for me?

It’s simple: if you want a smaller nose, rhinoplasty is the way to go. If you’re OK with the size of your nose but have what you feel is an imperfection – such as a misshapen lump on the bridge of the nose, a crooked nose, an unsightly droop at the tip of the nose or a hooked nose – a reshaping procedure is what you need to be looking into.

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