Dec 23

Is it OK to use fillers in the nose?

We are often asked about using fillers in the nose. We usually don’t advocate the use of fillers or fat in the nose for anyone who needs more nasal support, structure, or definition. Your nasal cartilage and bone are hard tissues and their appearance seen from the outside can’t be reproduced using fillers. In these cases, a rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty is the answer.

Sometimes though, there is a tiny depression or contour change that is present after rhinoplasty. Using a filler to plump up this area sounds enticing when compared to having to go through another surgical procedure to correct it. Let us say this about fillers in the nose. Proceed with caution. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are fine in the nose if done by an experienced injector if care is taken to avoid problems. Longer lasting fillers such as Radiesse or Artefill (more on Artefill later) are not a good idea in our opinion and you can check out the photo below to see why.

Filler in the nose

This photo shows a recent revision rhinoplasty done at Profiles in which there was filler previously placed in the nose. From the look of it, this was probably a hydroxyapatite-based filler such as Radiesse. While filler in the nose may sound like a great idea to some, it can make any future revision surgical procedure exceedingly difficult. You can see the calcified filler particles at the tip of the scissor. Notice how it is incorporated into the skin which makes safe dissection very precarious.

Normally, we count on healthy planes between tissues to make surgery go smoothly with the least possible trauma. While tissue planes are never perfect in revision rhinoplasty, the picture is complicated by the use of fillers as seen above. These fillers can cause so much inflammation and scarring beneath the skin that it is next to impossible to remove them entirely during a revision surgery. So, if you are considering filler for your nose, think about talking to a rhinoplasty expert before you make your decision.

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