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Asian Nose-should I Go for the Non Surgical/surgical?

I have this typical asian nose, the wide and flat nose. i'm thinking about rhinoplasty for few months. i actually prefer the non surgical rhinoplasty but some said that its not permanent. but some said that it would be permanent with silikon-100 filler. can the non surgical rhinoplasty give the permanent result or not? and for my asian nose, which one is better, surgical or non surgical?

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Non-surgical nose job for Asian noses

Injectables for augmenting the bridge does not yield attractive results. The materials that are safe to use in the nose do not "stack" very well and have a propensity to slide down the sides, like trying to build a mountain using sand. This results in a wide and blobby appearance, whether along the bridge or in the tip. 

The tip is especially difficult to get a refined appearance, because the weakness in the cartilage structure prevents significant augmentation. The injection can be place from the undersurface (nostril side), but even with this technique the results are limited.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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462 N. Linden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Non-Permanent Injectables vs. Rhinoplasty

 Here in the US, there are no injectable implants that are permanent that also are approved for use in the nose.  That is not to say that repeated injections of fillers is not a bad option, however, as an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, I prefer the natural long lasting results that can be achieved through rhinoplasty surgery.  

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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6280 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143

Asian Rhinoplasty: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical

It depends on what you are trying to achieve with your Asian Rhinoplasty.  If you are just trying to build your bridge, then a filler may be an option.  However, in my experience most patients opt for a more permanent solution.  I prefer to use cartilage from your own body instead of foreign material for a more natural and balanced appearance that fits your face.  Often Asians also have flaring, wide nostrils that cannot be addressed non-surgically.  When choosing a facial plastic surgeon, please also keep in mind that while aesthetic results are a concern, you still want to be able to breathe out of your nose!

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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416 North Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Rhinoplasty Versus Non-Surgical Injections Into Nose


Though there are a very few Silikon-1000 injecting physicians who have had great success with silicone in the nose, they are the exception.  The problem with permanent fillers is permanent (and very difficult to treat) complications.  You may try a hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane or Juvederm first, but I would strongly recommend a rhinoplasty surgically for permanent results.  Good luck and be well.

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Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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16311 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

Rhinoplasty preferred over silicone injections to the nose

Do a quick internet search on complications from silicone injections and IMHO, you'll be motivated to do a Rhinoplasty instead.  I typically use a straight silastic dorsal implant to raise the nasal bridge along with a conchal cartilage ear graft to shape the nasal tip during the Rhinoplasty.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

8500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Non surgical rhinoplasty

I have had some very nice results with hyaluronic acid fillers when doing non surgical rhinoplasty, using products such as Restylane and Juverderm Ultra. Although these require repeating, they are safe and effective. Safety should be your first priority and all permanent fillers have a poor track record of long term safety in my opinion

Taimur Shoaib, MD
Glasgow Plastic Surgeon
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24-26 Wilson Street
Glasgow, Scotland G1 1SS

Can a Liquid Rhinoplasty subsitutue for traditional Asian Rhinoplasty?

Fillers are not an adequate substitute for Asian rhinoplasty. Typically Asian rhinoplasty is an augmentation rhinoplasty requiring the use of cartilage and/or synthetic grafts to augment the dorsum or tip. Permanent and adequate augmentation cannot be achieved with fillers especially in patients with very thick skin. Additionally, fillers such as silicone can cause permanent damage to the skin which may not manifest until years later. Even nonpermanent fillers may linger in the nose longer than in other facial locations, and the presence of the filler may interfere with surgical rhinoplasty.

Suzanne Kim Doud Galli, MD, PhD, FACS
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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3 Washington Circle NW
Washington, DC 20037

Non-surgical rhinoplasty in the Asian Patient

Generally, to narrow the nose and refine the tip, a rhinoplasty is required.  Alternatively, to improve the profile and raise the bridge or tip projection, filler can be used.  I personally, always favor a surgical approach, however, if the patient opts for the non-surgical approach, a filler like restylane is a safer alternative to silicone.  

Amir M. Karam, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

11943 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

Injections vs surgery

If you want to obtain a good liong lasting result, surgery is your answer. Injectable silicone has a history of problems from infection to migration.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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3711 Lomita Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505

Surgical or non surgical rhinoplasty

Injected silicone has been extremely controversial for many years (even when I was in training 25 years ago). Due to significant long term problems that can occur - chronic granulomas and scarring- I would not consider injecting silicone for any reason.

Jack Peterson, MD
Topeka Plastic Surgeon
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631 SW Horne Street
Topeka, KS 66606

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