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15-Minute Nose Job vs. Traditional Rhinoplasty

27 April 2015

Nose jobs were among the most popular type of facial cosmetic surgeries performed in 2014, accounting to nearly 68 percent of all facial surgeries. With new advances made in the field of plastic surgery, surgeons have come up with techniques that can be performed in short time intervals with little to no downtime. One such technique is the 15-minute nose job that achieves the same or even better results than a traditional rhinoplasty, but is only less invasive.

The 15-minute nose job is well-suited for patients who are apprehensive about nose jobs due to the associated pain, downtime, risks or permanent modification of nasal profile. Also, the prices of non-surgical nose jobs are much lower than traditional nose jobs that cost about $6,775 in the US. 15-minute nose jobs go at prices that are about 1/10th cost of traditional nose jobs. Furthermore, there are some locations like Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia and South Korea that offer individuals even more cost-friendly non-surgical nose jobs, with the added advantage of an exotic holiday.

Should you be choosing the 15-minute nose job?

The 15-minute nose job might be suitable for individuals with,

    • Indentations or dents in the nose to improve nasal structure symmetry
    • Droopy nose or nose with tips pointing downwards that has to be raised
    • Bumpy or irregular noses to smooth the irregularities
    • Flat nose bridge to render a shape that appears more natural
    • Previous nose jobs with unsatisfactory results

How is a 15-minute nose job different from a traditional rhinoplasty?

Traditional rhinoplasty and 15-minute nose jobs differ in many ways. In a traditional rhinoplasty, the patient is put under general anesthesia, while a mild numbing cream is topically applied during a 15-minute nose job. Due to this, patients are not sedated during a 15-minute nose job, and even actively participates in the surgery, as they hold a mirror and give the surgeon feedback on how they want the nose to be reshaped during the course of the surgery.

Since there are no incisions made during a 15-minute nose job, the downtime is minimal, and almost negligible. While a traditional nose job would require for patients to address special attention to the surgical site for the many weeks to follow surgery, non-surgical rhinoplasty patients can get back to their routine almost immediately after treatment. There is also no post-op pain with non-surgical nose jobs. Also, the results of a 15-minute rhinoplasty are temporary, which gives patients who are not prepared to have their nasal structure modified, to see if the nose job suits them, and matches their desired appearance.

How is a 15-minute nose job performed?

The surgeon first applies a numbing cream on the nose's outer surface, about 15 to 30 minutes before the procedure. He/she then injects a small portion of dermal filler on the underside of the skin to correct the imperfections in the nasal structure. Radiesse and Restylane are some injectables utilized for this purpose. The dermal fillers give the surgeon complete lenience to mold the nasal structure and create the desired contours. The surgeon massages the product in the problem areas to carefully re-shape it. This could involve smoothing out bumps, modifying the angle of nose tips, rendering the nasal bridge to appear straighter, and restoring nasal symmetry. The results of the procedure are visible almost immediately, and can last anywhere between 6 and 12 months. Patients can go about their day-to-day activities following surgery. However, care should be taken to not touch or appear makeup in the operated region for about six hours after surgery, else it can cause infections.

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