• Non-surgical rhinoplasty can give you the nose you’ve always wanted with minimal side effects
  • There are both temporary and permanent injectable fillers to improve the shape of your nose
  • Injection rhinoplasty is less invasive than traditional rhinoplasty and involves minimal recovery time

What is a non-surgical nose job?

A non-surgical nose job is a procedure that utilizes injectable fillers to change the shape of your nose. It allows you to straighten the bridge of your nose, make it more symmetrical, smooth any imperfections, correct any sharp angles — including a crooked nose — and lift the tip of your nose. A non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure can get you the nose you want in the most convenient way possible.

Procedure

By virtually all accounts, injection rhinoplasty is quick and painless. While a topical numbing cream is applied to your nose so you don’t feel the pain of the injection, you could still experience some mild discomfort. The total length of the procedure should take around 15 minutes.

During the procedure, facial plastic surgeons utilize dermal fillers like Voluma, Restylane or Radiesse to re-shape your nose. The effects can last up to several months, giving you plenty of time to see if you like the change or if you’d prefer a different appearance.

Hyaluronic acid-based injectable fillers produce immediate and long-lasting results. These acids occur naturally in the body and are ideal for securing moisture. Because of these properties, hyaluronic acid-based injections can be ideal for helping to rejuvenate and improve elasticity in the skin. They also facilitate tissue repair and protection, keeping you looking healthy and vibrant. You can also integrate skincare products with hyaluronic acid into your daily routine to help improve and maintain the health of your skin.

Permanent fillers

If you’re looking for long-term results, there are permanent fillers on the market as well, like Bellafill, formerly known as Artefill. Bellafill is most commonly used for wrinkles and acne scars, but some plastic surgeons, like Dr. Robert Kotler, use it to perform permanent non-surgical nose jobs. Filler injections can also serve as a revision rhinoplasty in order to correct issues stemming from a failed nose job. On average, 3 treatments are needed to complete a non-surgical nose job with permanent fillers.

While the FDA has approved permanent dermal fillers as medical device implants for specific purposes, the use of permanent fillers for injection rhinoplasty remains somewhat controversial. Before using fillers in any capacity, it’s important to research which uses have been approved by the FDA. For instance, the FDA has not yet approved the use of fillers in breast or butt augmentation procedures. Do your research, and be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust.

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Non-surgical nose job with filler credit: Sonata Aesthetics

Complications and side effects

With injections, there’s always the risk of pain, bruising, swelling, and discomfort, but with a non-surgical nose job, these side effects will likely be minimal, especially when compared to a surgical rhinoplasty. Patients rarely experience allergic reactions to the fillers used because most consist of chemicals that occur naturally in the body. While the risk of side effects after filler treatment is low, there are still some potentially serious complications you could experience, especially should the fillers be injected into a blood vessel or you contract a bacterial infection.

Recovery

Because there is no surgical procedure involved with injection rhinoplasty, there is virtually no recovery time. The procedure is fairly non-invasive, which means no hospital stay, anesthesia, or pain meds. Neither will you walk out of the plastic surgeon’s office with bandages covering your face. In fact, you could even show up to work the next day.

What is the cost of a non-surgical nose job?

If you plan to get filler injections on a yearly basis to keep up your appearance, expect an annual treatment to set you back approximately $2,500.

If you want to go for permanent results, however, one treatment of Bellafill, a permanent filler, typically costs around $1,500. Except to get the permanent results you want, you typically need at least 3 treatments. Ultimately, the entire treatment series of Bellafill should cost around $4,500, comparable to the price of a traditional rhinoplasty. While these prices vary, they largely depend on your goals for surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty and whether you’ll want additional revisions done later.

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About The Author

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Gary D. Breslow, MD, FACS is a highly regarded board certified plastic surgeon in New Jersey, known by both patients and peers as a problem-solver with a warm, engaging personality, and an instinctive ability to identify and truly understand the goals of his patients and the patients, themselves.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Breslow graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Breslow spent 6 years training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s nationally renowned Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program. There he received extensive training in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from some of the nation’s top practitioners. After leaving Penn, he returned to NYU Medical Center to spend one year as the Microvascular Reconstructive Fellow at NYU’s prestigious Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Breslow is Board-Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is licensed to practice plastic and reconstructive surgery in both New Jersey and New York.

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