March 11, 2020 Dr. Carolyn Mai

Non-Surgical Nose Jobs Using Fillers

If you’re considering a nose job but don’t want to go under the knife, then a non-surgical nose job using fillers might be best for you.

Also known as a non-surgical rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job is growing in popularity among those who want to alter their nose using a “gentler” method with less down time.

Here is everything you need to know about non-surgical nose jobs, including how it works and what you should do to prepare.

What is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

A non-surgical nose job is also known as non-surgical rhinoplasty. It refers to a minimally invasive procedure that uses fillers to alter your nose shape, nostrils, or bridge, rather than surgery.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can do many of the things that surgery can. For example, it can be used to adjust the nose tip to make it more refined. It can also help straighten your nose to make it appear less crooked.

However, the results are temporary and can last up to 12 months. Also, fillers cannot be used to make your nose smaller.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses mostly hyaluronic acid fillers to reshape the nose. Sometimes, these fillers are combined with Botox to make the nose straighter.

It’s important to note using a filler can make your nose larger, which is not ideal for most people. However, it can help make a bump less noticeable or reshape the tip of your nose to make your face more uniform!

Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

One of the biggest benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty is that the results are not permanent. This means that if you’re not happy with the results, they won’t last and you won’t be stuck with a bad nose job forever.

If you’re not happy with the results, your surgeon can inject an enzyme into your nose called hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler as long as the filler used did not contain hyaluronic acid. This means you’ll be left back to where you started from!

However, research shows that most people are happy with this procedure because it has minimal down time and does not involve bruising. According to one study, fillers can be used as alternatives or complementary to plastic surgery.

Because it avoids general anesthesia, swelling, bruising, and splints, non-surgical rhinoplasty allows the patient to return to work as quickly as possible, including the same day in some cases (1).

Additionally, the results are usually visible right away, which makes the patient very happy! One study found that 96.15% of patients who had non-surgical rhinoplasty done were very satisfied with the procedure. There were no side effects or major complications reported (2).

The same study also noted that this procedure is very safe and predictable with a high level of satisfaction for patients. Some patients report swelling, but this usually goes away on its own within an hour or so.

How Does It Work?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done right in your doctor’s office. The procedure only lasts about 15 to 20 minutes long, but you’ll need to allow time for the numbing cream to kick in (usually about 10 or 15 minutes).

Overall, the procedure only takes about 30 minutes and can even be done on your lunch hour so that you can get back to work the very same day (or next day at most).

Here is a step-by-step guide of how the procedure works (3):

  1. You’ll visit your doctor’s office and ask to take a seat in a well lit area. Your nose is cleaned with 70% alcohol and aseptic. Then, topical local anesthesia is applied.
  2. After the numbing cream kicks in, your doctor will inject small amounts of filler into the nose while gently reshaping and smoothing out the area.
  3. You may be asked to avoid massaging your nose for up to two weeks after the treatment. You’ll be asked to make a follow-up appointment within 6 to 8 weeks. At that time, your doctor will advise whether a touch-up needs to be done.

Most patients agree that the procedure is painless, due to the numbing cream. You may feel the injection. However, patients usually describe this as discomfort rather than pain. Results typically last between six and 12 months.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty: Pros and Cons

This procedure is best for someone with a smaller nose or someone who wants to even out the appearance of a bump. You can also use this procedure to make your nose more uniform with the rest of your face.

Compared to surgery, non-surgical rhinoplasty has little to no down time, but it cannot make your nose smaller. Also, keep in mind that the results are short-term, but they can be reversed, depending on the type of filler used.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering the procedure:

Pros

  • Little to no down town (many people can go back to work the same day)
  • Injection can be reversed if you’re not happy with the results (as long as the appropriate filler was used)
  • No splints required
  • Can be used to straighten the nose or adjust the tip
  • Procedure can be completed within 30 minutes
  • Much more affordable than surgery

Cons

  • Results may only last one year before the procedure needs to be repeated
  • Fillers will make the nose bigger, but can be used to make it appear straighter
  • Cannot make the nose smaller

Conclusion

Non-surgical nose jobs, also called non-surgical rhinoplasty, can be done using fillers. This procedure is a great way to avoid going under the knife!

The results are not permanent and usually last up to one year. If you’re not satisfied with your results, the injections can be reversed so that you can start over.

This type of procedure is best for someone with a smaller nose who wants to minimize the appearance of a bump or a crooked nose. For more information, consult our offices to determine whether non-surgical rhinoplasty is right for you!

 

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