Methods: A retrospective review of the author’s clinical experience with HA gel for nasal reshaping from 1997 to 2012 was conducted, with treatments performed during 1998, 2005, and 2012 selected for detailed review.
Results: More than 250 patients were treated for nasal reshaping with HA since 1997. In addition to being a complement to surgery, HA injection successfully addressed nasal defects that would have been difficult to correct surgically. The effect persisted for >1 year in most patients (>5 y in some patients), with individual variations. No serious complications occurred. When comparing the 3 years reviewed in detail, new indications for nasal reshaping with HA gel became evident over time, which was also reflected by the increase in number of patients treated (1998: n = 2; 2005: n = 22; 2012: n = 51). Of these patients, 55 (73%) received HA injection instead of rhinoplasty, 20 (27%) received HA injection after rhinoplasty, and 5 (7%) underwent rhinoplasty after HA injection. The mean injection volume was 0.4 mL HA gel/treatment. All patients were satisfied with the primary outcome of treatment. Retreatment was performed in 32 patients (43%).
Conclusions: Injection of HA gel is a valuable tool for nasal reshaping. It can also be used for correction of minor postrhinoplasty defects in appropriate patients.