SQUINT AND NASAL LINES:
If you scrunch up your face and squint (the procerus muscle), you see the lines that form on the nose bridge (scrunch lines) and the ones on the side of the nose which are known by the unscientific term “bunny lines.” Some of us make this expression more than others, but almost all of us get these lines as we age. Botox is a great treatment for bunny lines. Usually with a small injection on either side of your nose, the bunny lines can be significantly reduced and the overlying skin will become smoother and the lines less prominent – however, they are seldom eliminated. The idea is to “weaken” the muscles which bunch the skin to make the bunny line wrinkles, and it is usually advantageous to have some residual activity to maintain normal-appearing animation. It is important to ensure that your treatment should only be performed by a doctor that is very familiar with facial anatomy as this is an off label usage and requires a higher level of knowledge and experience. If the Botox if placed incorrectly (too much or too wide apart), the muscles that lift the corners of the mouth (levator labii superioris muscle), could be affected which would make the mouth look crooked, or like a stroke occurred. Even though being “off” just a millimeter can make a big difference in the final outcome – the good news is that in the wRright hands and with the wRright experience the bunny lines are easy to treat – using Botox!
Nasal flaring is what you see when the nostrils enlarge periodically on the sides when breathing, when emotional or when exercising. There have been off-label uses with Botox to change the shape of the nose in some individuals. For some, the sides of the nose have an unattractive flare due to overactive muscles in the area that can be softened with the use of Botox. The treatment is a temporary effect. Injecting the outer nostril muscles can minimize the flare that you may get with smiling but it can negatively affect your smile and you may be unhappy with the appearance for three to four months while waiting for the result to go away.
NOSE TIP LIFT:
As we age our nose tip can droop. This can cause a harsh and aged appearance and a less appealing appearance on profile. Often it can occur in people who have had a previous rhinoplasty.
If your nasal tip drops/plunges when you smile – then your nose droops only dynamically. This means that your nose doesn’t point down when your faces is at rest. The dynamic droop is caused by a depressor muscle just beneath the nose—in the deep, upper portion of the upper lip, and Botox can be used to treat the muscle that causes this dynamic change. The result is that the nose will stay upwards, rather than droopy—even with big smiles. If your nasal tip is always low, regardless of your facial expression or at rest…then traditional surgery will be required.
CROOKED NOSE – NON SURGICAL NOSE JOB
- Facial Fillers
Some people were born with great noses, and others were born with noses whose appearance could be improved. For those who weren’t born with the perfect nose, it is so simple to just inject facial fillers to improve the appearance. Non-surgical nose reshaping is a popular alternative to nasal surgery (rhinoplasty). A non-surgical nose job is typically performed by injecting a hyaluronic acid facial filler. Drs. Wright commonly use Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. This method is definitely less expensive than a rhinoplasty. The results should last between 9-12months, depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the product. You will need to continue to re-inject the nose along those timelines to maintain your look, however, it is a great option for some people who do not want surgery and who have the desire for the aesthetic look that an injectable filler in the nose can create. One of the best areas to use fillers in is in noses that have been operated on already and need irregularities smoothed or flattening.
The procedure involves the injection of filler into areas around the nose which work to change the overall shape or result in a straighter nose. The most commonly requested area is to straighten out the dips or camouflage a small hump that occur in the profile of the nose bridge. As we age, our noses can change and lose volume, the bone and soft tissue dissolves and causes the nose tip to droop – which is the second most requested area to fix.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most desired cosmetic procedures, but many patients are frightened by the potential complications and the risk of unfavorable cosmetic results. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is a safe, non-invasive alternative to traditional rhinoplasty. Sometimes it is called the 15 minute nose job as the treatment involves only a facial filler injection to reshape nose. This is an excellent, affordable option for people who want to change the shape of their noses but do not want surgery. Results are instant; there is no downtime, no general anesthetic and no prolonged healing.