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  • 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
  • Costs are comparable between both traditional and injection rhinoplasty depending on your needs and plastic surgery goals.

It’s pretty common to be unhappy with the shape of your nose, but most of us aren’t so unhappy that we’re ready to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty. But today, with ever-increasing advances in cosmetic procedures, there’s a new option available for those who want the perfect nose without the hassle of surgery: non-surgical rhinoplasty. 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.

Rhinoplasty Techniques

Injection Rhinoplasty

Depending on your preference, you can opt for temporary or permanent changes to the shape and look of your nose. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your nose and want to see what it would look like with modifications, using a temporary cosmetic filler is a great way to test drive a new look.

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.

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.

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.

Revision Rhinoplasty

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Surgical Rhinoplasty

Even though filler injections are a great way to improve the shape of your nose, surgical rhinoplasty offers a greater range of modifications that can be made to it. This is because the surgery involves tissue manipulation, which can address issues that can’t be resolved with fillers. Fillers are primarily used to correct minor shape issues by adding volume to fill in gaps or imperfections. Patients with larger or hook noses may prefer to reduce the size of their noses, which ultimately requires nose surgery, like a traditional rhinoplasty.

When it comes to a traditional rhinoplasty, you can opt for either an open or closed procedure. An open rhinoplasty means that incisions will be made in the soft tissue that bridges your nostrils. A closed rhinoplasty means a surgeon will only make incisions inside of the nostrils so that little to no scarring will be visible. The procedures are generally the same, except when it comes to scarring and the ease of the procedure for your surgeon.

In an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon cuts an extra external incision on the soft tissue between your nostrils, making it easier for them to operate and to give your nose the desired shape. In contrast, during a closed rhinoplasty, there are no external incisions, meaning the surgeon will have less visibility when it comes to performing the procedure. Before you decide, it’s important to talk to your potential plastic surgeon to determine which approach is best for you.

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.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there are a few possible complications you can experience from a rhinoplasty surgery. These include infection, poor healing or scarring, difficulty breathing, and skin discoloration and swelling. With a traditional rhinoplasty, you also run the risk of getting undesirable results and disliking your appearance, which may require additional procedures or cosmetic surgery.


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. 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.

On the other hand, a rhinoplasty is an invasive surgery that can take up to 4 hours, depending on the extent of the changes being made to the nose. One benefit of traditional rhinoplasty is that it presents the opportunity to correct breathing problems while also reshaping your nose. For instance, during a rhinoplasty surgery, your plastic surgeon could correct a deviated septum, which would ultimately improve your ability to breathe.

The average cost of a surgical rhinoplasty is between $8,000 and $15,000, depending on your doctor and their specific geographic location, and not including operating room and anesthesia fees. While this may seem expensive, temporary filler treatments every year could end up costing you more over time. However, if your injections tend to last 18 months as opposed to 12 months, this could reduce your yearly costs while still making a noticeable improvement to your appearance—without the hassle of undergoing surgical rhinoplasty. Talk with a facial plastic surgeon, make an appointment for an evaluation, and spend some time comparing the costs and benefits to determine what’s right for you.

Non Surgical Chin Augmentation

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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.

With rhinoplasty, you can expect to experience swelling for several weeks. It may also take up to a year for your nose to fully heal before truly seeing the final results of the procedure. This means people may end up noticing that you’ve had work done, meaning you could potentially experience a series of probing questions or judgmental looks from your various associates. The good news is, depending on the way it heals and scars, the physical improvements to your nose should last a lifetime.

As with any other medical surgery, plastic surgery will always require some degree of healing and recovery, so don’t expect a rhinoplasty to be any different. You might need to refrain from some of your usual daily activities and take extra good care of yourself while your body heals from the procedure. Rest and self-care are crucial to the recovery process, so for your own benefit and comfort you will need to take your pain medication as prescribed in order to minimize any unnecessary pain and swelling.

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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