One of the more common cosmetic surgery treatments among medical tourists is the good ol’ nose job. The technical term is “rhinoplasty,” and while reshaped sniffers leave patients feeling great, the procedure can also leave them in a bit of discomfort.
It’s not surprising that there’s pain – as well as possibly bruising, swelling, bleeding, and infection – associated to an operation that includes cutting, shaving, and grafting a part of our anatomy. If only there was a way to attain a brand new beak without the unpleasant side effects.
As it turns out, there is. Procedures known as “non-surgical” nose jobs – which use subcutaneous injections of soft-tissue “fillers” to make subtle changes and correct slight defects of the nose – have become popular alternatives to traditional surgical nose jobs which require incisions and suturing.
The technique is non-invasive, and even though the results of using dermal fillers are usually temporary due to the body’s absorption of the injected material, modern cosmetic/plastic surgery centers and advanced beauty clinics around the world are busy providing several options for patients who prefer the non-surgical approach.
There are several types of dermal fillers used in non-surgical nose-job procedures, including:
Hyaluronic acid – a temporary filler with popular brand names like Juvederm and Restylane, this is a safe, non-allergenic filler that lasts anywhere from 6 to 10 months.
Calcium hydroxylapatite – another temporary filler, it goes by the name Radiesse and is generally longer-lasting than Hyaluronic acid; it has a duration of 10 to 14 months.
Polymethylmethacrylate – brands like Artefill and Artecoll blend this 22-letter substance with collagen and claim to be permanent fillers; it gets injected over the course of several treatment sessions.
Polyacrylamide gel – also laying claim to delivering permanent results, Aquamid is a popular product in Australia and Asia; but, according to its website, it is under FDA review for market approval in the US.
Another technique is known as thread-embedding rhinoplasty, a procedure available in Thailand and South Korea, but less known in Western countries. It involves inserting threads under the skin to induce collagen formation which improves flat noses by enhancing the nasal bridge, crooked noses by making angled nasal cartilage straight, and snub noses by correcting the shape of the nasal cavity.
The injection of soft-tissue filler agents allows for a variety of improvements to the nose, such as the augmentation of flat nasal bridges, enhancing the nasal tip, small reductions in the size of the nostrils, filling depressions in the sides of the nasal wall, and even to temporarily fix deformities from failed surgical nose jobs.
Overall, the treatments available to medical tourists run the gamut from diagnostic procedures like comprehensive health check-ups and genetic testing, to complex surgeries, to aesthetic procedures, including non-surgical rhinoplasty.