Restylane for Saddle Noses
A saddle nose entails a concave or “collapsed” look on nasal profile, resembling the shape of a saddle. Some people’s noses just happen to look that way. Other people may develop saddle noses following nasal trauma, infection, or rhinoplasty. Typical treatment for saddle noses is complex. It generally involves a rhinoplasty (“nose job”) with placement of cartilage grafts taken from the nasal septum, ear, or even a rib. I have found Restylane to be a safe, convenient, and relatively inexpensive alternative to major nasal surgery and grafting in patients with saddle noses. Restylane is a clear gel that is injected into facial wrinkles and folds to provide better contour and volume. While it is usually used for the lips and cheeks, it is also beneficial in improving the concave or sunken profile associated with saddle noses. Restylane involves no surgery, no surgical incisions, and no surgical recovery. It generally lasts about six months, so there is also no commitment. This means that you can always do a rhinoplasty once the Restylane reabsorbs–but I doubt that you will.
Saddle nose injection with Restylane
Ronald M. Friedman Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas www.plasticsurgerydallas.com Dr. Friedman is the Founder and Director of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center on the campus of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. He also serves the Frisco, Fairview, Lucas, and Wylie communities.