Your nose is the keystone to your facial features and if you've ever considered altering the shape of it, you're not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over a quarter of a million people underwent a surgical nose job, making it the second most popular aesthetic surgical procedure performed in 2010. Whether it's to address how wide, long, short, unsightly bumps - new techniques have made changing the shape of your nose as easy as getting a facial.
Actual Results of Dr. Alexander Rivkin's Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
As seen on The Doctors, traditional rhinoplasty or a nose job, is a surgical procedure to correct the aesthetics of the nose itself. Through closed or open rhinoplasty, the bridge of the nose can be narrowed or widened and any bumps are removed by chipping away the excess bone to show a more streamlined, elegant profile. However, for patients that have function issues such as deviated septums, a crooked nose manifests due to excess tissue and cartilage. Once removed, the nose can be shaped into a more symmetrical shape.
New techniques such as the Injection Rhinoplasty, have become available that offer patients rhinoplasty-like results without surgery. Los Angeles facial cosmetic surgeon and pioneer in non-surgical nose jobs, Dr. Alexander Rivkin joins the set of The Doctors to explain how a facial filler such as Radiesse can mimic the results of a surgical nose job.
By injecting the nose with Radiesse, Dr. Rivkin explains that the skin is lifted up - making the nose look straighter and more symmetrical. In the case of the patient that had the bump on her nose, the addition of the facial filler below and above the bump will actually make the nose look smaller because it becomes more symmetrical.
Also coined as The 15-Minute Nose Job, this procedure is minimally invasive and is performed after the patient's skin is numbed. Dr. Rivkin then injects the Radiesse deeply to the bone to even out the depressions above and below the bump so the nose appears more straight in profile. "It's replacement of volume in a way that looks natural and good - those are my two main objectives when it comes to facial sculpting," says Dr. Rivkin.
As the developer of the non-surgical nose job, Dr. Rivkin says he is still considered "the national, if not world-over expert" on the non-surgical rhinoplasty and many patients fly in from out of state of country to seek his expertise in this revolutionary procedure. He performs several of these procedures a day.
Injections of Radiesse are temporary and will last up to 12 months, after which, the patient can decide if he or she would like to have the procedure repeated. Cost is also determined by type of facial filler but the Injection Rhinoplasty with Radiesse costs approximately $1,000 vs. upwards of $15,000 for the surgical nose job counterpart.