Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the field of plastic surgery. Patients often request that a bump on the bridge of the nose be shaved down to create a smoother profile. The only way to do that is via invasive surgery. However, there are a number of other nasal features that can be corrected with injectables at a dermatologist’s office. For example, an asymmetrical nose might be balanced out with the addition of filler in the right place. An unwanted dip in the bridge of the nose could potentially be filled in as well. Injectables such as Restylane or Radiesse could also be used to add length or reshape the tip of the nose to create a more pleasing overall effect.
This technique does not work to make a nose smaller. It can only be used for reshaping. Fortunately, smoothing the contours of the nose to even out bumpy areas can make this facial feature less noticeable. This is occasionally the outcome patients are actually seeking when they ask for a “smaller nose”.
Patients who want fast results with little downtime and post-procedure pain sometimes opt for this minimally invasive procedure. It is done quickly (especially compared to surgical rhinoplasty) on an outpatient basis. The treatment usually entails a recovery period of a couple of days. Outcomes tend to be best for individuals who only want a minor correction. Injecting large amounts of filler can have poor results because the substance may shift around and cause unsightly bulging under the skin. The procedure may actually be done over a series of sessions to make sure that just the right amount of filler is used.
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It is important to note that a non-surgical nose job is a temporary fix since the effects generally wear off over time. The results may last for a few months or over a year depending on the material used. When hyaluronic acid filler is used, the non-surgical nose job may be immediately reversible with the injection of a dissolving agent if the patient is unhappy with the result. Other filler materials are longer lasting. Silicone is actually a permanent filler; but the use of this material for a delicate feature such as the nose is not always recommended.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty isn’t suitable for patients who really need corrective surgery to restore functionality (e.g. fixing a deviated septum). It only affects the outer appearance of the nose and not the underlying structure when administered correctly. Injectables can sometimes be used to minimize the appearance of errors that may have occurred in a previous, surgical rhinoplasty. This is not a technique recommended by all dermatologists since the outcome and side effects are more unpredictable with a nose that has been surgically altered.