The nose is the most prominent feature on the face, second only to the eyes. The size and shape of the nose are considered the most defining characteristic of the face.
Rhinoplasty is the reshaping of the nose. It can be performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes an hour or two, although a complicated procedure may take longer. Most incisions are made inside the nose, where they are not visible. The skin and tissues of the nose, along with the underlying bone and cartilage, are sculpted to a desired new shape. In certain circumstances, the contour of the nose can be improved by adding tissue.
Often, only nasal tip correction, which can be performed under local anesthesia, is necessary to elevate (or refine) the tip of the nose.
Nose Reshaping using Injectables (Bioform, Radiesse): NO SURGERY
Radiesse is an injectable, calcium containing material, similar to that found in bone. Radiesse can be injected into areas of the nose which requires reshaping such as sunken base of the nose or it can be used to elevate the tip of the nose. The initial injection lasts for approximately six months and subsequent injections last longer, due to a build up of tissue around the calcium particles.
Dr. Becker is a pioneer in nasal reshaping using injectable Bioform (Radiesse). He lectured on this topic at The Annual Meeting of the Aesthetic Society in Orlando Florida in April 2006.
Boca Raton News
LOCAL, PHYSICIAN PIONEERS A NON-SURGICAL USING RADIESSE TO SHAPE AND CONTUR NASAL IMPERFECTIONS
JUN 23, 2005, BOCA RATON, FL — Noted plastic surgeon Hilton Becker, M.D., announces strong results in his ongoing study of a non-surgical nasal correction using Radiesse, an injectable filler that has shown promise in a variety of facial and contouring application. Notably, Dr. Becker is studying the enhancer for cosmetic improvement of nasolabial folds, drawn cheeks, receding chins and slack jawlines.
In the past, refining the shape or correcting an irregularity of the nose would have required surgery, with considerable pain, expense and downtime. Now, Dr. Becker Is using Radiesse to improve the appearance of noses and reports high satisfaction among his more than 50 patients treated to date. The gentle, transformative technique can build up a depressed bridge, camouflage a hump, balance an asymmetry, or create a more prominent nasal tip – the technique can even be used in place of rhinoplasty in certain cases. Dr. Becker also is researching Radiesse as a viable option for people who have had traditional rhinoplasty surgery to reduce the size of their noses but want additional enhancement or subtle improvements to their surgical results.
“We began utilizing Radiesse as a minimally invasive solution for nasal defect and inconsistencies when patients came to us because they were unhappy with the results of their rhinoplasty surgery. A common complaint was that too much bone had been removed, producing what we call a ‘ski-slope nose,’ or a patient had a broken nose but didn’t want the dramatic revision that a rhinoplasty procedure entails,” said Dr. Becker. “These individuals are ideal candidates for corrective treatment using a long-lasting, durable filler Radiesse which can be administered right in the office. Patient may experience minor swelling or redness for one or two days, but these effect are usually mild and transient.”
Manufactured and distributed in the United State by BioForm Medical, Inc., Radiesse is composed of tiny calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel, making it adaptable to nasal applications. It has been proven safe and compatible in soft tissue application, including oral/maxillofacial and vocal fold defect, and lasts up to one to three years.