Editor’s Note: Dr. Usha Rajagopal is a leading practitioner in rhinoplastic surgery and she’s not afraid to tell you why. Haute Beauty chats with Dr. Rajagopal to find out everything you need to know about the non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Today I’m going to talk about a very important topic and a popular procedure that I offer here in my clinic.
What I am going to be talking about is the non-surgical rhinoplasty. I’ve seen some Instagram reports and read some articles of things that could go devastatingly wrong with fillers and non-surgical rhinoplasty in particular, and also fillers in any part of the face. Several things to remember are: the face has many blood vessels (arteries, veins, etc) that cannot be visualized through the skin. You have to know your anatomy for a lot of the arteries. Sometimes you could have a detour and not even know.
It’s very important to know how to inject, the technique of the injection, and know what to do if something goes wrong. Having said that, not only am I a very experienced injector, I’m also a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Now, let’s talk about non-surgical rhinoplasty. I do a TON of these procedures, several a week. I do them all day every day. I have never had a complication and that is not hubris on my part. That’s just a fact. I am very careful when I’m doing the injections, understanding that it could happen to an experienced injector. I open up the nose, straighten up the nose, fix the nose, and I can also fix the nose aesthetically and non-surgically.
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If you are seeking to have a non-surgical rhinoplasty, you would want to go to a board-certified surgeon and realistically a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist who is experienced in doing nonsurgical rhinoplasties. If you have a complication, how you take care of it is very important. We have an emergency protocol for surgery in case things happen. We have a list of people to call, where to go to get the best and quickest help to resolve the emergency. We have a protocol for non-surgical enhancements with the emergency protocol: whom to call, where to go, and what doctors to get involved in this. I do stress that you go to someone who knows what they are doing and knows how to handle complications. If you go to a spa, is the spa ready to handle a non-surgical emergency? Is the doctor on-site? What ER are they going to? Which ophthalmologist are you going to call? Do they need to have a radiologist involved for an angiogram? These are important concerns. And most importantly, do they have hyaluronidase?
The procedure may seem simple, taking just 10 minutes, but it’s 20 years of my experience behind it and 18 years after high school that I have studied to get to this point. I really stress that you go to a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is an expert in injection of the face.
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