Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Hubbard takes a special interest in rhinoplasty, and he's devoted much of his professional life to nasal reshaping. As the landscape of plastic surgery changes, Dr. Hubbard is optimistic about the role that injectable fillers can play for eligible patients who want to improve the shape, size, or projection of their noses but don't wish to undergo a full surgical rhinoplasty here in Virginia.
"Nonsurgical rhinoplasty" is a term that refers to any sort of cosmetic nose reshaping performed without an incision. This is typically accomplished using injectable fillers. A nonsurgical approach can sometimes achieve a result comparable to that of a traditional rhinoplasty. On some occasions, this technique can even accomplish more than surgery.
"23 years of performing rhinoplasty has given me an appreciation for the beautiful shapes and proportions of this delicate feature of the face. As a sculptor of the nose, I see the dermal filler as a valuable tool that allows the experienced surgeon to mold, refine, and make subtle adjustments to areas of the nose."
— Dr. Thomas Hubbard
Although nonsurgical rhinoplasty is an innovative approach to a popular procedure, it's not appropriate for every patient. Your eligibility depends on your specific aesthetic concerns. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty can augment the nose, improve projection, and even minimize or smooth out some nasal humps, but it cannot reduce the size or width of the nose. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is especially well suited to patients who are unhappy with any of the following:
I love my nose. Tom, when my daughter gets older, if she needs anything done to her nose, I'm bringing her to you."
— Quote from a fellow plastic surgeon
Because nonsurgical options are not permanent and usually offer only a subtle refinement, Dr. Hubbard will thoroughly explain all of the options available to you. A typical consultation includes a discussion of each of your concerns, including those related to your nose's function. Dr. Hubbard uses the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system to help you visualize the results of both surgical and nonsurgical approaches.
With the VECTRA system, you can visualize your potential results as they'd appear on you. Advanced software uses an image of your face to plan and customize your procedure, ensuring you and Dr. Hubbard are working toward the same beautiful outcome.Learn More
A nonsurgical rhinoplasty is completed by Dr. Hubbard here in our office as an outpatient procedure. Depending on the specific concerns you wish to treat, Dr. Hubbard may use a topical anesthetic to numb your nose before strategically making the injections. The procedure is typically completed within an hour and doesn't require any notable downtime or activity restrictions.
Restylane® is Dr. Hubbard's preferred filler for this procedure. Its results last 6 to 9 months, commonly even longer. Making injections to the nose is a delicate process and requires the precision and expertise of an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon such as Dr. Hubbard.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not a long-term solution, which means that its results are not permanent. You can expect to enjoy your improved nose for 6 to 9 months before the results begin to fade. At this point, you may wish to undergo an additional nonsurgical rhinoplasty to maintain your results or schedule a full surgical rhinoplasty. The choice is yours. Whatever you decide, Dr. Hubbard looks forward to being your partner in beauty and well-being.