Non-Surgical Nose Job

What is a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

A non-surgical nose job is a safe, non-invasive alternative to traditional rhinoplasty providing excellent cosmetic results with little or no pain and recovery time. It is also commonly called the "15-minute nose job", because of its fast and no downtime procedure.

Non-surgical nose job is a nose job which does not actually alter the structure of the nose itself. This is done through the injection of a facial filler. The type of filler that is used will be determined by your medical condition or the kind of nose job you need. Just as fillers are used to pump out wrinkles, they can fill out areas of the nose to correct minor deformities.

What Are The Benefits Of A Non-Surgical Procedure?

Rhinoplasty or Nose Job is one of the most desired cosmetic procedures, but many patients are put off by the potential complications and the risks of unfavourable cosmetic results, not to mention the cost of the surgery itself. Although not as permanent, this procedure is for people who want the nose reshaping benefits of rhinoplasty quickly and safely, without undergoing extensive rhinoplasty. Moreover, the cost of non-surgical rhinoplasty is much cheaper than the traditional surgery, normally starting at a tenth of the price. Non-surgical nose job treatment can be expected to be found starting from around £50.


How Does the Procedure Work?

There is no need for general anaesthesia for non-surgical nose reshaping. A local anaesthetic, called topical anaesthetic is applied on and around the nose 15 to 30 minutes prior to the procedure to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort. The patient remains awake for the entire treatment and is given a mirror to oversee the procedure, and thereby be in control. A filler is injected in small amounts to various precise locations on the nose which controls the contours and eventually the overall shape of the nose. It involves using dermal injectables such as - BOTOX Cosmetic, Restylane, Radiesse, or Silicones to shape the nose. Unlike a surgical procedure, these fillers allow patients to obtain quick results with little or no healing time.

What Types Of Fillers Are Used For A Non-Surgical Nose Job?

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There are two commonly used fillers for non-surgical nose jobs. Whichever one is used for your procedure will be determined by the type of outcome you are hoping for:

  • 1. Radiesse: Using this calcium based filler will give a result that lasts for a year, or possibly more. It's therefore a very cost effective filler as there will be no regular trips to the clinic for adjusting or refilling. Radiesse works by providing structure to the nose, resulting in an immediate correction. It also stimulates the cells in your skin to grow more collagen, which will further enhance the natural shape of your nose.
  • 2. Hyaluronic Acid: A substance already found in the body, this gives the skin a more youthful appearance as well as increasing elasticity and volume. Used to make sterile gel fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, it is the only type of filler that is actually reversible, hence the results are easily tweaked to achieve the overall desired effect. The use of Hylauronic Acid fillers can also be useful when 'trying out' different looks to determine which works best for you.

How Effective is the Non-Surgical Nose Job?

For people who want a smaller nose, a thinner bridge, a large bump removed, or a more narrow tip, this procedure will not accomplish the goals. In addition, non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot improve breathing problems or correct internal defects such as a deviated septum. Nor can it (or any other procedure) give you a “perfect” nose. As always, the goal of cosmetic surgery is correction or enhancement, not perfection.

Who Is Suitable For A Non-Surgical Nose Job?

Humps, bumps, bridges and other slight imperfections can easily be remedied with a non-surgical procedure. However, a non-surgical procedure cannot be performed to reduce the overall size and shape of the nose. A typical candidate would have one, or more, of the following:

  • A small nose that would benefit from building up, to better suit the face.
  • A nose that appears hook-like and requires straightening.
  • A nose with bumps and droops, from mild to fairly moderate.
  • A dip or trough to the nose.
  • A nose in need of height, or just better definition.
  • A nose that requires some slight refinement following a surgical procedure.
  • A need to correct the symmetry of the nose, or address irregularities in the contours.
  • A particularly rounded tip, where reshaping would enhance the facial features.

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Non-Surgical Vs Traditional Nose Job Surgery Effects

Risks: Traditional nose jobs require the use of anaesthesia, therefore it carries certain risks like anaesthesia complications, infections, scarring, long recovery and lay-off from work, unwanted or unexpected cosmetic surgery results. Whereas, non-surgical nose jobs do not need anaesthesia and avoid the risks of surgery since it involves only injection into the skin. The procedure is much more precise than surgical rhinoplasty, so more detailed adjustments to nasal contour can be made. The non-surgical nose job procedure does not cause nosebleeds or persistent swelling. The procedure is temporary and there are no long term scarring complications.

Recovery: Basic recovery from traditional rhinoplasty typically lasts about two weeks and normal activities can be resumed after several weeks. The final results take up to a year to be visible. Bruising around the eyes and the majority of swelling typically resolves in only about two weeks. Eyeglasses have to be secured in a manner that prevents them from resting on the nose, for six to seven weeks. Strong pain medication are also typically required during recovery. Whereas, with non-surgical nose job, most patients return to work on the same day as the procedure.The results are immediate and there is no significant swelling or pain. However, it is advisable to avoid sunglasses or heavy eyeglasses for two weeks after the procedure, as the filler material becomes integrated into the skin of the nose.

Rhinoplasty Before and After

Cosmetic results: The results of traditional rhinoplasty are generally good, but, whether good or bad, they are always permanent. Surgical Rhinoplasty can result in over or under-correction, with possibility of poor cosmetic outcomes. Whereas, with the non-surgical procedure, the injectable is injected in small amounts and in precise locations so that there is total control over the shape and contours created by the procedure. The results are immediate and last from eight months to two years, depending on the type of filler that is used. Because the results are relatively temporary, adjustments can be made as your face changes over time.

The Pros And Cons Of Non-Surgical Nose Jobs

One of the most obvious and valuable benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty is that, it is quick to perform and that there is no downtime afterwards. Since the results are relatively temporary you are always able to make minor adjustments gradually and because there is no healing period your face will always look natural. As your face changes naturally with age, you will be able to make alternative adjustments over time with this treatment easily. And the best part is that it can be much more affordable than full plastic surgery of the nose.

However, non-surgical nose job are not without its limitations. The main limitation of the treatment is that the procedure is not permanent, lasting about 6 months with Restylane and about 2 years with Radiesse. It also may not be able to correct major deformities, and cannot help patients seeking a smaller nose.

There are also minor side-effects associated with both fillers, including bruising, swelling, redness and irritation. Besides, this procedure is not exactly a quick fix, as the end result is only achieved after a series of several treatments, with at least 4-6 weeks in between sessions. This gradual approach is necessary because of the way these fillers work: After injection, your body’s defenses begin working to “wall off” each microdroplet of the filler material, forming a capsule of tissue that holds it in position. Over a period of time, the natural tissue built up around the filler creates more volume in the area, so the result cannot be accurately judged at the end of each injection session. Only after the prescribed amount of time is it possible for the doctor and patient to judge if and where more injections are needed, as well as how much is needed.

Although non-surgical rhinoplasty does not require general anaesthesia or IV sedation, local anesthetic is used, sometimes in conjunction with an oral sedative to relax the patient. Because of this and the fact that there is no actual cutting involved, this method carries less risk than a surgical nose job. There are, however, some other risks, which include: Hyper-sensitivity reactions, infection, asymmetrical, or otherwise unsatisfactory aesthetic results, and nasal skin damage. There are also risks associated specifically with silicone injections, such as migration (movement of the silicone to another part of the face or body), and the formation of granulomas. However, these problems have historically been mostly associated with the injection of larger quantities of silicone by unqualified injectors. It is believed that the microdroplet method significantly reduces the risk of these complications. Furthermore, because the nose is a virtually static (having limited movement) area of the face, the possibility of silicone migration is much less.

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