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NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY - 'THE LIQUID NOSE JOB'
Rhinoplasty is the correct term for a surgical nose job. In a non-surgical rhinoplasty (also known as a 'liquid nose job'), injectable dermal fillers are used to reshape the nose.
By adding volume to certain areas we are able to:
✰ Straighten a hooked nose
✰ Lift a drooping nose tip
✰ Balance out a wonky bridge
✰ Disguise prominent lumps and bumps
✰ Contour a thinner bridge
The procedure is quick, very tolerable and significantly cheaper and less recovery than a surgical nose job! The results are both immediate and impressive, but they are also temporary usually lasting 12-24 months. If you’re unhappy with your nose and you’ve been considering a nose job, non-surgical rhinoplasty is a great way of getting your desired results at relatively low cost before taking the leap with surgery.
Because this procedure uses dermal fillers, see our dermal filler page for more information which apply here as well and other treatments which can be done with this versatile product.
YES, IT'S POSSIBLE!
A perfect nose without surgery
NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY FAQ
HOW DOES A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY WORK? Dermal fillers are injectable gels made of high-density molecules used to add volume wherever they are injected. Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses filler to build up certain areas of the nose to create straighter lines, balance out bumps or curves on the side, or push parts of the nose in a certain direction. For example, the top half of a hooked nose will appear straighter in profile if filler is injected at the top of the bridge, and some filler to lift the tip will complete that straight line from top to bottom. If you have a curvature on one side of your nose, fillers can be used to mirror that curvature on the other side and provide symmetry. Of course, what you’ll have most likely gathered is that non-surgical rhinoplasty can only ever add – it can’t take away. For that reason, and although non-surgical rhinoplasty can be incredibly effective, if you absolutely have your heart set on a smaller nose then fillers can’t do that for you. However, you would be amazed at how much smaller a nose can look when it is in proportion as we are basically contouring your nose with the dermal filler. Even if your concern is that you think your nose looks too big, check our transformation pictures before writing it off.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY APPOINTMENT? A full consultation including desired shape, medical assessment and discussing achievable goals. Numbing cream application. Placement of a high quality and long lasting dermal filler Aftercare instruction and vitamin cream. Post procedure support and review in clinic or over WhatsApp as required.
DOES A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY HURT? When you go in for a non-surgical rhinoplasty, you’ll have the option of using an anaesthetic numbing cream. Practitioners will use needles / cannulas (sometimes a mixture of the two) during the procedure to place the filler strategically and there is also some manual manipulation of the filler using firm massage once it’s been injected. The nose isn’t accustomed to that kind of attention and can become quite tender during the procedure, so the numbing cream can be a good idea just to make sure that you don’t experience any pain.
HOW LONG DOES A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY LAST? Fillers are broken down by the body over time, so the results won’t last forever. However, since the nose is a relatively immobile area of the face, this reduces the rate at which the filler is broken down by the body, so you can expect to enjoy the results for much longer than that of lip fillers for example. There are also different density fillers that can be used, which affects the duration, and I would recommend discussing the options with your practitioner during your consultation. Usually we use a high density thicker filler which mimics the feel of the nasal bridge. The results will last about 12-18 months then you will slowly start to see your nose returning to its old shape about 24 months after the procedure.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY FROM A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY? In terms of recovery from non-surgical rhinoplasty, there isn’t any required or recommended downtime after the procedure. You can expect to continue your life as normal as soon as you leave the clinic. The topical anaesthetic doesn’t make you groggy and it’s rare to experience even a blocked nose! Since non-surgical rhinoplasty involves a lot of manipulation of the nose, the only thing you have to worry about is swelling, bruising and tenderness directly after the procedure. Just treat your nose gently – you can apply a fridge-temperature cold compress if you’re experiencing discomfort – and this should subside after a few days. We ask you to avoid makeup on the area and keep your face clean for 24 hours post treatment to avoid risk of infection but from then you can hide any bruising with some concealer. If you are prone to bruising, we would advise you take some arnica supplements a couple of days before your treatment to reduce the side effects.
HOW LONG DOES A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY TAKE? The consultation is a vital element of a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Your practitioner will establish what you don’t like about your nose, what you want to change, and will advise on whether that’s something that non-surgical rhinoplasty can help you with. This can take about 20 minutes. Make sure to go in with a really good idea of what you want – while the results are temporary and can always be dissolved if you dislike the results, they will usually last for a year or two, so you’ll want to give your practitioner as much information as possible to make sure you’re happy with the results. The time taken for the actual procedure varies on how severe the case is and how much work needs to be done. The numbing cream needs around 10-15 minutes to take effect. After that, a simple lifting of the tip might take only 10 minutes, but more complicated procedures may take up to 30 minutes. Overall the procedure usually takes 1 hour including the consultation and numbing. You may well be done much sooner and it will surprise you what a difference can be made in such a short amount of time.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO A NON-SURGICAL RHINOPLASTY? The most common side effects with non-surgical rhinoplasty are swelling and tenderness, which is due to the degree of manipulation that the nose goes through during the procedure. You can also expect some additional redness to your nose as the body increases blood flow to the area. There may also be some bruising, which can happen with any injection. This will all normally subside in a few days. These are the common side effects specifically associated with non-surgical rhinoplasty, for risks associated with dermal fillers please see our dermal filler page.