When researching nose jobs, it is absolutely vital to know the difference between the traditional surgical approach and the non-surgical approach. Depending on your goals, one treatment could be ideal and worth it, whereas the other could leave you with some regrets. Be prepared to make the right choice by enlightening yourself on the differences between the two treatment types.

Here are the pros and cons to each type of rhinoplasty:

Advantages to a Non-Surgical Nose Job

As there is no surgery involved and the procedure is non-invasive, you avoid the possible stress and pain that is expected of traditional surgery. This also means less downtime, no recovery period, and no need to take anaesthetics for the procedure itself. As such, this method gives the fastest results. A non-surgical approach can be a great choice for amending minor nose imperfections. It can smooth out the bridge of your nose, making dorsal bumps appear less defined and often improving the overall symmetry and shape of your nose.

Disadvantages to a Non-Surgical Nose Job

Because a non-surgical treatment involves using filler in the nose, the beneficial results of this kind of nose job are often temporary and can subside within a year. This can make repeat treatments necessary to maintain lasting results. Another issue is that this method will not be viable to all patients. For any fundamental structural changes, like making the nose smaller, altering the bones and cartilage, and improving the nose’s breathing function, you will need to resort to a surgical approach.

Advantages to a Surgical Nose Job

As mentioned before, there are certain changes to the nose that require a more invasive approach. Whether the nose needs to be reduced, the framework of the bones shifted, or the airways widened, the surgical method is mandatory for making these structural modifications. With this in mind, traditional rhinoplasty, otherwise known as primary rhinoplasty, is the optimal and most versatile method for making dramatic alterations to one’s nose. Another benefit is that the changes brought about by surgery will be long lasting, and they can be further altered and enhanced through revision nose jobs, if necessary.

Disadvantages to a Surgical Nose Job

Many of the cons of a surgical approach stem from the surgery itself. Some may find the process painful and stressful. Then there is the recovery process that one has to go through. You will likely want to take about a week and a half off until the nose has healed and begins to look normal again. After this wait, you still need to be careful, as it can take approximately a month and a half for nasal bones to be fully healed and properly set into place. Also keep in mind that it can take over a year before you see the full cosmetic benefits of surgical rhinoplasty, as the healing process is very gradual. You can typically expect a surgical approach to cost more money up-front as well.

With the key benefits and shortcomings of each method, you should be able to discern the ideal course of action based on your own personal goals and preferences.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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