Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a less complicated process to nose reshaping. I have researched non surgical rhinoplasty. Can I achieve the same results using Restalyne as with a surgical rhinoplasty? I’d like to raise my drooping tip, then straight/sharpen my bridge to give appearance of thinning?
A: Injectable fillers in the nose work exclusively by adding volume. Thus when evaluating whether an injectable or non surgical rhinoplasty will work, one needs to look at the nasal problem one is going to treat. Injecting the tip of the nose may be capable of lifting it but it will also make it wider or fatter in doing so. Fillers can raise a depressed bridge area and may be able to make it look a little thinner but I would not count on it making the nose straighter.
So to answer your question about whether a non surgical rhinoplasty can create the same result as a surgical one on your nose…probably not. Which raises the next question of whether it is good to do at all? I think as long as too much filler is not placed (a little goes a long way in the nose) then some improvements in the shape of the nose may be obtainable without any significant compromise. It is certainly the definitive way to answer the question of how effective a non surgical rhinoplasty may be and does not prevent one from eventually going on to a surgical rhinoplasty in the future.
Dr. Barry Eppley