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Rhinoplasty, Non-Surgical Nose Job or MINT PDO Threads: Which is Best for You?

When you look in the mirror, are you pleased with the appearance of your nose? There are surgical and non-surgical options that can help.  Correcting issues that concern you, including a crooked, large, small, pointed or bulbous nose is only a consultation away. Which is the right one for you:  a non-surgical nose job, rhinoplasty or thread lifts?  Let’s look at the benefits of each procedure. 

Rhinoplasty is a surgical option and permanent fix for people who feel their nose is overpowering the rest of their facial features.  Rhinoplasty is ideal for changing the shape of your nose.  If you’re having problems with a deviated septum, breathing issues or the after-effects of an injury or birth defect, this surgery can provide a solution and relief. The structure of the top portion of the nose is bone, while the lower section is cartilage. A benefit of rhinoplasty is that it can change cartilage, bone, skin or all three.  

To perform a rhinoplasty, general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is required. Each operation is unique-depending upon the goal, but it may be executed through a small external cut at the base of your nose or inside your nose.  Readjustments of the cartilage and bone under the skin are typical.  Both small changes and large adjustments can be performed.  As rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, recovery time is needed.  The results can take up to a year to be fully formed, as swelling can take a long time to fully dissipate- a second surgery, if needed, would have to wait for a year to be performed.  

A non-surgical nose job is a popular procedure that changes the shape of the nose using injectable fillers, perfect for improving the size, shape and even the position of the nasal tip.  This procedure can hide a bump and in some cases straighten the nose. Because it is non-invasive, it won’t remove a bump or make the nose smaller but it provides symmetry and makes the nose look more proportional- all without the downtime that rhinoplasty requires. The results are immediate and last up to six months, making it the ideal solution for someone who has an upcoming event or would like to try out the new look prior to committing to rhinoplasty surgery.

A non-surgical or liquid rhinoplasty has certain advantages over a standard rhinoplasty.  Bruising on a non-surgical nose job is rare and patients require little to no downtime, so you can go about your day-to-day life right away. You’ll be able to see results immediately and it is very safe since it is non-invasive. It cannot make the nose smaller, but a liquid nose job is perfect for many scenarios including fixing divots, depressions and dips in the exterior area of the nose as well as concealing nasal lumps.  It is perfect for crooked or asymmetrical noses and works beautifully for bridge augmentation, asymmetrical nostrils and nose tip lifting. 

A MINT PDO thread lift is a safe and effective procedure that pulls sagging skin to the desired position using a suture that is absorbed into the body.  Minimally invasive, this non-surgical procedure has been affectionately called a “lunchtime nose job” as it can be performed in less than an hour and with minimal downtime for recovery.  A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and fine threads are placed along the bridge of the nose under the skin.  The threads break down and are absorbed by the body in six to eight months.  The threads have been used in surgical procedures for the past three decades, so they’re very safe.  Results can last one to two years. 

A nose thread lift is great for anyone who has an off-center nose or an ill-defined bridge. If your nose tip is big or you have a wide nose, a thread lift may be for you. This procedure lifts the nose tip, helps with nose contouring, and will give you a slimmer nose bridge.  Combining a nose thread lift with nose filler can be the ideal way to get a definitive structure with a long-lasting lift. 

Call 646.362.5245 to make an appointment with double-board facial certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine to discuss your options.