Is non-surgical rhinoplasty a painful procedure?

Plastic surgery is common these days, but does anyone here know what it’s really like?

It is my dream to get a nose job done. So I used to go through best before and after photos of rhinoplasty procedure in Toronto (near my house). I have an extremely crooked nose from my childhood days. I didn’t even like the way I looked. I used to keep my face in different angles so that my nose doesn’t get highlighted. But I’m fed up of doing this over and over again. I always play makeover surgery scenes in my head and wish I get it done one day. Even though I wish to get it done badly, I become a bit scared when things reach a stage where I have to go under the knife. Will I be given anesthesia before the procedure? Is it a painful procedure? Please share your insights about this matter.


F, 36, Ontario

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Having surgery is not something that should be done lightly.  That said, cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty are extremely common and safe.  If your nose is extremely crooked, as you said, then a nonsurgical rhinoplasty would likely not be a good option for you.  Nonsurgical rhinoplasties are good options for those with small contour irregularities in the nose that can be corrected by injecting a filler to correct the irregular contours.  For everyone else, a surgical rhinoplasty is the best option.  Rather than perseverate over this, I recommend that you consult with a few plastic surgeons in your area that have a lot of experience with rhinoplasty surgery and see what they say.  Try to find ones who do 3D imaging so you can get a sense of what you would look like before and after.  Good luck!

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty involves injections of materials (ex. facial fillers) to help reshape the nose. Numbing cream is placed beforehand. Patients may feel some brief discomfort, but the procedure generally has been well tolerated by patients. 

As a comparison, you may read an in-depth review of patient's surgical rhinoplasty experience on her blog here, Rhinoplasty Experience

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty may or may not be appropriate for some patients. Read more about nonsurgical rhinoplasty on our blog. As always, one must speak with a plastic surgeon for an evaluation to help determine appropriate options.


Dr. Chaboki