I’ve had frequent radiesse injections for about 4 years. Am I still a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Q: I am a 22 years old Asian. With the typical flat nose bridge and wide alar base. Have been doing radiesse injections frequently for the last 4 years. However I have been considering doing a rhinoplasty in the near future, will there be any problems? Eg: destroyed tissue etc. I would also like to know what should be done to my nose to make it more attractive.

A: One of the main disadvantages of Radiesse vs. the hyaluronic acid fillers for nonsurgical rhinoplasty is that it is not reversible.  Especially if you are considering a surgical rhinoplasty, you should stop receiving treatments with Radiesse.

The reason Radiesse may become an issue when planning surgical rhinoplasty is that it becomes difficult to accurately assess your nasal anatomy without knowing exactly how much filler is present.  Waiting at least 1 year after your most recent Radiesse treatment would be prudent to allow precise changes during your surgery.

Beyond that, as long as you seek out a Rhinoplasty Specialist very experienced in Asian rhinoplasty, then you shouldn’t encounter any other major issues.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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