Brow lifts and rhinoplasties are among some of the most common surgical procedures to change or enhance the shape of your face. But with the increasing popularity of cosmetic fillers – many are turning to these nonsurgical injections as an alternative to going under the knife. In fact, a recent article in Aesthetic Surgery Journal (the publication created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASAPS) detailed the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers in the brow and eye area as an alternative to a traditional blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) or brow lift. This technique involves injecting the brow area to fill in wrinkles and lift sagging skin instead of cutting the excess skin away. In the past, fat injections have been used for this same purpose, but some patients ran the risk of the fat cells actually growing and getting larger with weight gain, causing unevenness and swelling in the brow. Facial fillers, on the other hand, are not permanent (although results have been known to last up to two years) and can be reversed using hyaluronidase if patients are unhappy with their results.
But the alternative uses of facial fillers are not just restricted to the area around the eyes. Different places around the world are beginning to uses these same fillers as “nonsurgical nose jobs” – to help straighten the profile of the nose or change its overall shape. This procedure began in 2002 in Brazil, but other countries are following their footsteps– with an estimated 1000 persons in the United Kingdom having the procedure done. Some doctors are hesitant to provide this service because of the risk of scar tissue forming – with up to 18 percent of patients who get the “nonsurgical nose job” will see side effects like loosened cartilage, excessive bleeding, and scar formation. Like all procedures with fillers – this treatment is not permanent and must be periodically touched up by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Your face is home to the most unique features on your body, thus the plan to enhance it must be just as specialized. While fillers may be the answer for some patients, others will need a full facelift, a lighter version of a facelift like Dr. LeRoy’s originally developed “Band Aid Facelift”, or a blepharoplasty to achieve the results they desire. Schedule a consultation to find out which procedure will be the best option for you.