The No Scalpel Nose Job is a thing! It is no longer necessary to go under the knife to achieve the nose you want. Modern techniques with dermal fillers are changing the lives of hundreds of men and women across the globe. We spoke to Dr Tim Eldridge and Dr Ayad Harb about how this relatively new procedure is impacting their clinics
Selfies appear to have put noses under the spotlight and people are striving to look their own version of perfect. People who are scouring the internet to learn about nose jobs are discovering that it’s possible to change the look of their noses non-surgically with fillers.
Before now, it didn’t even have a name. Now ‘nonsurgical rhinoplasty’ is becoming popular when people see there’s a sort of ‘cheat’ rhinoplasty that they can do.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty appeals to many who can’t afford the expense or time off associated with surgery; people who have already had a rhinoplasty but imperfections remain; and older patients who don’t want to endure surgery.
According to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ (BAAPS) a rhinoplasty (nose job) it is one of the most frequently requested treatments and there were over 3,690 operations performed in the UK last year. However there are several downsides to the procedure; there are risks associated with having a general anaesthetic, up to two weeks post-operative recuperation, as well the expense as the average cost is between £3,000-5,000.
As a result new research by Whatclinic.com this week shows a 29% increase in enquiries for non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures in 2016 over the previous year. Moreover, the BAAPS research revealed a 5% downturn in enquiries for cosmetic surgery in the same period.
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The rise in requests for non-surgical treatment is borne out by anecdotal evidence. Plastic Surgeon Ayad Harb has seen an exponential rise “In my practice non-surgical rhinoplasty has grown well over 500% over the past month. I am a surgeon but I use Perfectha and Ellanse dermal fillers to correct noses non-surgically, and am now being asked to carry out at least 10-15 cases a week”.
Who is a typical patient?
Dr Ayad tell us “The majority, around 90%, of my 3-point Rhino clients are female who are unhappy with the shape of their nose but do not want to undergo a major surgical procedure. I receive clients from all over the country and abroad. Around 25% of my clients are those who have previously had surgical rhinoplasty and have either suffered complications or are unsatisfied with the final result and want a minor adjustment, without having to resort to complicated secondary surgery.”
What Fillers Can and Can’t Do
Filler can’t make a big nose smaller; nor can they refine a bulbous nasal tip, according to Dr. Tim Eldridge of myFACE dentistry and facial aesthetics. If the nose needs to be reduced in size or there are large deviations then surgery is the only option.
However minor deviations can often be camouflaged, humps can be reduced or camouflaged. Nostrils can be reduced in size, the tip can be shaped and rotated upwards. Even though filler is injected into the nose it often makes a nose appear smaller as it becomes more symmetrical.
What fillers really do for the nose is camouflage. So, for a dorsal hump, filling on either side of the hump can improve the look of the nose. A crooked nose that’s c-shaped — concave on one side — should look better after the injector fills the concave side. And, while one can’t really refine the nasal tip because fillers have mass, injectors can use fillers to slightly elevate the nasal tip, he says.
Restylane, Juvederm and Perfectha are all good HA fillers suitable for this procedure, however, they will only last up to 6-12 months on average and the procedure will need to be done again.
Longer lasting fillers such as Ellanse and Radiesse can last up to year or more and are more permanent.
Do your research
It is really important to research the best medical practitioner to work on your new nose. “You don’t want to inject so much product that you increase the pressure on the skin which could also decrease the blood supply and result in tissue necrosis,” Dr. Harb says.
Dr Tim Eldridge BDS Since qualifying in Dentistry from Birmingham University he has gained a wealth of experience in multidisciplinary practices. Early in his career Tim learned from leading clinicians how to integrate and implement non-surgical cosmetic treatments into the dental practice. In 2009 Dr Eldridge founded myFACE dentistry and facial aesthetics in Cheltenham, and is the practice principal where he spends the majority of his time in practice combining non-surgical treatments with cosmetic dentistry.
Dr Eldridge is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and chairman of CODE where he is its facial aesthetics trainer and lecturer. He has also lectured in facial aesthetics on some of the leading dental restorative courses, and has written numerous articles for the dental and aesthetics press.
Dr Ayad Harb works as a reconstructive plastic surgeon in the NHS, additionally, Dr Harb also runs Qosmetic, a successful private clinic in London and is a UK expert in non-surgical nose correction and has pioneered the 3-point Rhino, which was performed as a TV-first live on ITV’s This Morning.