The non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as the non-surgical nose job, nose filler, no-knife rhinoplasty or injection rhinoplasty, is an increasingly popular alternative to a surgical rhinoplasty.
Using temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, it’s possible to sculpt and shape the nose without the need for a general anaesthetic or incisions, so results are immediate and there’s no downtime.
A non-surgical rhinoplasty can’t deliver everything that a surgical procedure can, so it’s not suitable for all patients. Dermal fillers can straighten the bridge of the nose, filling lumps or camouflaging a bump and they can also be used to heighten or reshape the tip of the nose. However, it’s not possible to reduce the size of an overly large nose and you can’t address problems with the function of the nose. Results aren’t permanent so you will have to return for a repeat procedure after approximately 12 months – this is often seen as a positive though, as it means you can more easily visualise how your nose could look after surgery.
Our consultant plastic surgeon Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe performs both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasties so he can advise you on whether a non-surgical nose job will address what is concerning you about the appearance of your nose.
FAQs for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
A traditional surgical rhinoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic; incisions are made either inside or under the nose and the cartilage and bony structure of the nose can be manipulated or reduced. As a result, there are a number of potential risks you have to be aware of and also understand there will be a certain amount of downtime while the healing process takes place.
A non-surgical nose job can greatly improve the appearance of the nose with none of those risks or downtime and increasing numbers of men and women are opting for this temporary procedure instead of surgery.
The nose is the central feature of the face and any changes to the appearance of the nose can have a profound impact on a patient’s self-esteem. A surgical nose job means a permanent alteration, whereas a non-surgical rhinoplasty is only temporary. Results typically last 12 months although it is also possible to have the procedure reversed at any point.
Patients that have previously undergone a surgical rhinoplasty but aren’t completely happy with their results, can benefit from the use of dermal fillers to correct any irregularities or improve the appearance of the nose.
A tiny, ultrafine needle is used to inject a hyaluronic acid dermal filler such as Juvéderm or Restylane into the bridge or tip of the nose, before it is gently moulded into the optimal shape.
The dermal filler contains local anaesthetic and so the whole procedure is very quick and pain-free. There may be a little bit of redness, swelling and bruising at the injection sites, but this will resolve very quickly and can be camouflaged with make-up.
The fillers are biocompatible and are safely absorbed by the body over a period of time; you can expect the results to last 12 to 18 months before you require a repeat treatment.