Summary: One of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures actually has some pretty humble origins. Plastic surgery in general began as a reconstructive endeavor, and rhinoplasty along with it. But modern patients want changes for both reconstructive and for cosmetic reasons. We’ll take a look at how the nose job in 2016 offers that.
Looking at the Nose Job in 2016
Rhinoplasty is one of the oldest plastic surgery procedures in the entire profession. Indeed, historians generally place the origins of plastic surgery as a profession firmly in the aftermath of World War I. Many veterans were disfigured from the war (in part due to new and horrible weapons and in part due to advances in medicine—meaning more wounded soldiers survived). Rhinoplasty started as an attempt to address disfigurement of the nose.
To be sure, rhinoplasty has come a long way since the early 1900s. In fact, when we look at the nose job in 2016, we see a field full of innovation. But it’s important to understand where that innovation come from and what it’s trying to do. In other words, we need some context for where the nose job is in 2016 and where it’s going in 2017.
After all, a nose job in 2016 is decided different than it was in the early part of the century. It’s gotten much, much better.
Natural Looking Results
One of the nice things about plastic surgery is that, if it’s done correctly, no one may know you’ve had a procedure performed. That’s why you see so many articles about celebrities who have maybe had a procedure performed but maybe not. If plastic surgery were easy to spot, those articles would be filled with more facts and fewer rumors.
When it comes to rhinoplasty, those results are getting better and more natural looking than ever. One of the major revolutions to come about for rhinoplasty is the 3D printer. In fact, many surgeons are starting to experiment with 3D printers to create custom cartilage (or cartilage substitutes) when doing procedures that require an implant.
The benefit of this is twofold: first, the 3D printed cartilage is made specifically for the patient, which mean the fit is perfect. Second, the cartilage does not have to be grafted from anywhere else on the body, as is the current case with many rhinoplasty procedures that have to add cartilage. Look for more from 3D printers throughout 2016 and 2017, especially as the technology evolves.
Surgeons have also found ways to make incisions smaller and easier to hide. This means that no one will be able to tell you’ve had a rhinoplasty procedure due to the fact that there are visible scars. Those scars will be well hidden (and often quite small).
A Non Surgical Approach
Something that gained traction a few years back and has been steadily improving is the non surgical nose job procedure. Rather than getting results with a scalpel and stitches, surgeons use needles filled with dermal fillers. The first Los Angeles non surgical nose job was only the beginning, as the procedure has since expanded throughout the country.
Currently, there are some drawbacks to non surgical rhinoplasty. First and foremost, the results are relatively subtle (that doesn’t mean they aren’t noticeable, however). Second, non surgical nose job procedures can only add volume—they cannot remove volume. That said, the procedure can contour the nose to give it an overall more proportional appearance.
The benefits of non surgical rhinoplasty usually vastly outweigh many of the downsides. Perhaps the most prominent benefit is right in the name: the procedure is non surgical. This means that patients get to see the benefits immediately and they don’t have to suffer through a long recovery period.
This follows a trend in cosmetic surgery of offering non surgical alternatives to what are traditionally surgical procedures. You will often see this with non surgical facelift procedures or non surgical body contouring. Non surgical nose job is part of that broader innovation.
And, of course, that’s part of the point of plastic and cosmetic surgery: they are always innovating. Rhinoplasty today is nothing like what it was in 1918. And rhinoplasty in 2018 will likely not be anything like it is today (okay, I might be exaggerating, but you get the idea).
This innovation helps surgeons ensure that patients are getting the best results possible: not only what works best in general, but also what works best on an individual level. The nose job in 2016 has continued that tradition, so I suspect we’ll see even more changes in the future—and the near future at that.