For many people, the nose is a source of embarrassment and insecurity. As the most prominent facial feature, it can dominate for all the wrong reasons if it’s out of proportion with the other features or it has some kind of cosmetic defect.
Traditionally, surgical rhinoplasty was the only solution for changing the appearance of the nose. This procedure has been around for thousands of years and can create some amazing results, but it is an invasive surgery that isn’t right for everyone who wants to change their nose.
Fortunately, those patients have a new option: non-surgical rhinoplasty, which is performed using dermal fillers. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the procedure so you can decide whether it might be right for you.
About Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Non-surgical rhinoplasty, which is also known as a non-surgical nose job, is a simple procedure. A plastic surgeon uses a hyaluronic acid-based filler to reshape the nose without the need for incisions or recovery time. The injection process takes only a few minutes to complete and the results can last for about a year.
Obviously, the procedure isn’t as versatile as a surgical rhinoplasty, which can permanently change the size of the nose, straighten it, and make many other dramatic changes as needed. But for patients who just need small changes, a non-surgical nose job can be a great option.
Benefits of Non-Surgical Nose Jobs
There are many benefits involved in getting a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Patients choose this procedure for many reasons, but most people just want to boost their confidence without surgery. Here are some of the strongest perks of the procedure.
Most people lead very busy lives. One of the biggest factors that keeps people from moving forward with surgical rhinoplasty is the downtime involved with the procedure. Many people simply can’t take two weeks off from work to recover at home. Or if they can, they might want to use their vacation days for something that’s a little more exciting than sitting at home waiting for their nose to heal.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty doesn’t require any downtime at all. It may be recommended that patients avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours after the injection session, but there are usually no other activity restrictions. Patients can get back to their normal schedules almost right away and shouldn’t need to spend more than an hour in the office.
While there are some things that dermal fillers can’t do in reshaping the nose, it’s still possible to get great results with non-surgical rhinoplasty. The procedure can fill in small dents and irregularities in the nose, correct a small hump, and make the nose look straighter. It’s not possible to make the nose physically smaller by injecting fillers, but there are a lot of tricks a skilled surgeon can use to make the nose look more balanced.
Low Upfront Cost
Surgical rhinoplasty is very expensive. In addition to paying the surgeon’s fees for one of the most complex facial plastic surgeries of all, you have to think of anesthesia costs, follow-up visits, medications, and more. With non-surgical rhinoplasty, you’re only paying for the filler and a few minutes of the surgeon’s time.
While a good non-surgical rhinoplasty isn’t “cheap,” it is definitely more financially accessible than a surgical procedure. If you want to maintain your results, however, you’ll want to factor in the cost of the treatments you might need in the future.
The “Preview” Effect
It’s scary to change your face permanently. Even if you’ve always hated your nose, it can be very nerve-wracking to commit to surgical rhinoplasty. Many people love non-surgical rhinoplasty for the simple fact that it is NOT permanent.
Some people love the fact that they can “preview” the way their nose might look if they did choose to move forward with a traditional nose job. Once the filler wears off, they can book surgery (or not!) with more confidence.
For healthy individuals, plastic surgery poses very few risks when it is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. But there are always things that can go wrong, and rhinoplasty is a very difficult and complex surgery involving several different types of tissue.
A “nose job” with fillers is even safer than a traditional rhinoplasty. Hyaluronic acid, which the body produces naturally, can be used safely long-term. The injection process can create some minor bruising and swelling, but these side effects typically resolve quickly.
Many people are surprised by how much confidence they gain after their non-surgical rhinoplasty. Patients who can finally look in the mirror and like what they see move about the world with improved self-esteem and happiness. Even though the treatment usually produces only subtle changes, the results can be life-changing for some patients.
Talk to a Specialist
If you’re interested in finding out if a non-surgical rhinoplasty could help you reach your goals, then your first step should be to schedule a consultation with an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Even though the procedure is non-surgical, it’s still very important to find a surgeon with experience in performing rhinoplasty with injectables.
Dr. Shervin Naderi, director of the Naderi Center in Reston, VA, and Chevy Chase, MD, is known as a leading expert on rhinoplasty and injectables. He runs a highly-specialized practice, which allows patients to enjoy the best results possible. To learn more about non-surgical rhinoplasty with expert plastic surgeon Dr. Naderi, contact the Naderi Center at either location or schedule a virtual consultation.