Most Bakersfield nose reshaping procedures here in my Bakersfield plastic surgery practice require a couple hours in surgery, under anesthesia, and recovery involves packing, swelling and discomfort. However, sometimes nose reshaping can be done with injectables. For this with nasal bumps, a droop in the nose tip or a crooked nose, it’s possible to avoid painful recovery and anesthesia by using produts such as Restylane or Radiesse
I usually apply a topical numbing cream prior to injecting to numb the area and, often, a nerve-blocking agent as well, similar to what you’d receive at the dentist (don’t worry! We’re very gentle!). Some of the fillers include their own Lidocaine as well, making injection must less painful. For that reason, I like using Juvederm. It works well in depressions and creates a flat area around bumps that makes the nose more symmetrical. The nose will then blend in better with the rest of the face. Even better, during the procedure itself, you can watch the results as they happen, giving you a great deal of control over the final look.
The benefits of filler nose reshaping are many:
- No surgery–that means no anesthesia, anesthesia bill, OR bill, surgeon bill, so it’s much less expensive
- No painful recovery
- Immediate results
- A much shorter procedure
The drawbacks of filler nose reshaping with fillers is that the results only last 10 months to a year with Radiesse and 6-8 months with Restylane. Another reason I like Juvederm–it lasts up to 12 months or so. Each person may vary slightly in terms of how long the results will last.
Researchers are hot on the job to create a finely ground cartilage product that could be injected. Since it won’t absorb like dermal fillers, it can create permanent results, again, without surgery. This creation is undoubtedly several years away, as it would have to undergo FDA testing, but eventually it may be a perfect halfway point between dermal fillers and surgery: the above benefits of dermal fillers but a permanent result.