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Muscle Paralysis Rhinoplasty

Muscle paralysis rhinoplasty uses Botox injections around the nasal region to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, such as bunny lines, that cause the nose to look larger. Fine lines around the nose can not only make the nose appear bigger, but also age a person's face. By diminishing these wrinkles with Botox, the effect is the illusion of a smaller nose for a temporary period until the Botox wears off.

Muscle Paralysis Rhinoplasty

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

No

Cost

$100 - $1000

The Specifics


What is a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty?

A muscle paralysis rhinoplasty is a minimally invasive, temporary rhinoplasty technique. Botulinum toxin type A (like Botox®) is injected around the nasal region (read: not directly into the nose) to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose causes the nose to appear smaller and rejuvenates the nasal area.

The Anatomy of the Nose

Nose anatomy cross section illustration

What cosmetic concerns does a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty procedure treat?

  1. Nose Size: Botox® injections reduce the aged appearance of the area around the nasal region reducing fine lines and wrinkles, thereby creating the illusion of a reduced size of the nose and a youthful overall appearance.
  2. Nose Shape: Nose shape can be altered through non-surgical approaches that lift the tip of the nose and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Who is the ideal candidate for a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty procedure?

A good candidate for a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty is looking to decrease the appearance of the size of their nose through a minimally invasive technique. Older individuals will especially benefit from the restoration of youthful skin Botox® injections provide. Muscle paralysis rhinoplasty is not recommended for candidates with severe nasal deformities, breathing issues, or those who are nursing or pregnant.

What is the average recovery associated with a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty procedure?

Most patients experience minimal to no side effects lasting no more than one day and many individuals resume normal activities the same day.

What are the potential side effects of a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty procedure?

Possible side effects of muscle paralysis rhinoplasty with Botox® injections include muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within a few hours or days after treatment.

What can someone expect from the results of a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty procedure?

The results of a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty are immediate, temporary, and typically require maintenance treatments every three to four months.

What is the average cost of a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty procedure?


The average cost of a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty is $100 to $1,000. This will be an ongoing expense due to the need for regular maintenance treatments. To learn more, check out our complete guide to rhinoplasty cost.

Pros

minimally invasivelower costreversiblequick procedureimmediate resultsno recovery

Cons

limited resultstemporarymultiple treatmentsdoes not correct anatomical deformitiesno breathing improvement

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Muscle paralysis rhinoplasty uses botox injections around the nasal region to decrease fine lines and wrinkles that cause the nose to look larger. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty.

The Takeaway


A muscle paralysis rhinoplasty is a nonsurgical temporary cosmetic procedure to create the illusion of smaller overall appearance of the nose through Botox® injections around the nasal area. Maintenance treatments every three months will be necessary to maintain the results and will be an ongoing additional expense.
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  1. Andreas Zanki Growth Charts for Nose Length, Nasal Protrusion, and Philtrum Length from Birth to 97 Years onlinelibrary.wiley.com
  2. Jack R Harkema The Nose Revisited: A Brief Review of the Comparative Structure, Function, and Toxicologic Pathology of the Nasal Epithelium pubmed.gov
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