We all know that fillers can work to plump up the skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide an all-round anti-ageing effect, however, there are some specific conditions that may require more consideration on whether surgical or non-surgical intervention is required. In this article, we will highlight two key indications that patients may be considering cosmetic intervention for, and we will try to share a little information about both of them to give you an indication as to whether fillers or surgery be the most appropriate for you.
Fillers or surgery for chin augmentation?
There is a large percentage of patients that will, unfortunately, suffer from some form of chin recession. This can have both cosmetic and medical implications with an uneven jaw or chin, as it can cause someone to be more inclined to develop problems with the ears, or the bones in the face in later life. Therefore it may be important initially to check with your doctor or local GP and discuss what issues you may run into in later life.
However, if the chin recession is purely a cosmetic issue then there are two options; the surgical route would be to visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who could look to realign the jaw with quite a lengthy procedure that requires general anaesthetic and a sizeable amount of downtime. However, this can solve some of the potential health issues that could be related with this indication.
Associated medical benefits with a non-surgical treatment
If the concern is purely cosmetic or you are unsure of how the chin will appear after surgical intervention, then a non-surgical intervention may be beneficial at the first stage. This would consist of the light application of a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler around the jawline and the chin to augment it and bring it back into proportion with the upper side of the mouth.
Optimal results from this can be seen from two to four weeks, but there will be an immediately noticeable effect. Patients often report, particularly at PHI, that they cannot believe the visual results in such a short space of time. Non-surgical interventions have a longevity of 18-24 months meaning patients can have a long period of time before having to have this treatment redone. However, there are no associated medical benefits with a non-surgical treatment – this is not going to prevent any potential problems later in life due to the effects of the jaw recession.
Fillers or surgery : non-surgical or surgical rhinoplasty?
The next option to look at is non-surgical rhinoplasty, some surgeons will actually recommend to their patients that they undergo a non-surgical nose reshaping procedure prior to a surgical one if possible, so that they can get an idea of what their nose will look like after it has healed. One of the benefits of non-surgical initially is that if a patient is not satisfied, the treatment can be tweaked or removed safely and easily, restoring the nose to its original form.
Most patients that are suitable for a non-surgical nose reshaping are astounded by the results that can be achieved and with a longevity of 18-24 months, patients will often opt for a non-surgical rhinoplasty over surgical. Non-surgical rhinoplasties are immensely beneficial for patients that are suffering from nose asymmetry or a slightly pronounced dorsal bump, which can be straightened in a slick and effective way. Unfortunately, this is not suitable for all patients, so a surgical intervention may be required . If this is the case, we would highly recommend a consultation with an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon, who will be able to ensure that not only will a rhinoplasty be performed, but also that something called a septorhinoplasty could be performed at the same time.
Yes, we would all like the perfect nose, but if we cannot breathe through it following the procedure, then the bad begins to outweigh the good. An ENT surgeon performing a septorhinoplasty will ensure that all of the functions of the nose remain intact, thus enabling you to enjoy life with the nose that you wanted, and the ability to breathe effectively.
If you wish to find out any more information, either about non-surgical chin augmentation or non-surgical nose reshaping, or see whether fillers or surgery are the best options for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the clinic on 0207 034 5999. We only use Juvederm dermal filler products, manufactured by Allergan.