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Nonsurgical Nose Job: The Cost and Principles of Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty

A nose job is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market today. But can you achieve the same results without actually going under the knife? Join Flo as we explore nonsurgical nose jobs and what to expect from the process, not to mention nose job costs.

In this day and age, people from all walks of life struggle with body image and may go to great lengths to change their appearance. Self-confidence is often heavily influenced by media images and a desire to live up to unrealistic standards of beauty

Although beauty certainly goes far beyond physical appearance, every woman has the right to make her own decisions about the way she looks. This includes everything from hair and makeup to clothing and physical attributes.

The nose is a facial feature that individuals commonly wish to change, define, or enhance. Nose piercings and makeup contouring represent a more subtle approach, whereas rhinoplasty used to signify a more drastic approach. In the latter case, surgery is required to remove tissue from the nasal area to alter its shape. 

Fortunately, technological advancements have now made it possible to obtain a nose job without surgery. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is still considered a medical procedure, but it entails administering injectable fillers below the skin, such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite. (That’s why this method is also known as a “liquid nose job.”) Following injection, the surgeon applies gentle pressure to mold the fillers underneath the skin to help reshape the nose according to the patient’s personal preferences. 

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that may be done outside of a hospital. A cosmetic surgeon or other provider can usually perform it in a clinical setting in under an hour.

Since it’s generally less invasive, with a faster recovery time, nonsurgical rhinoplasty is becoming increasingly popular. It’s also believed to present fewer complications than traditional nose jobs.

No, nonsurgical rhinoplasty won’t literally make your nose smaller; however, the fillers utilized in the procedure are moldable. This means the surgeon will be able to reshape your nose, perhaps making it appear slightly smaller.

Try to think of a nonsurgical nose job in terms of sculpting. Plastic surgeons act as sculptors, molding fillers like clay to improve symmetry, smooth out bumps or bony areas, and contour the edges and tip. Such enhancements could also create the illusion of a smaller nose.

The effects of a nonsurgical nose job are in fact temporary, and typically last up to eight months. Eventually, the injectable fillers dissolve and the nose will slowly return to its natural, (pre-nonsurgical rhinoplasty) state. Experts recommend receiving ongoing treatments at least every two years, depending on the amount of fillers used and the patient’s desired shape.

Luckily, nonsurgical nose jobs are virtually pain-free. Your health care provider might apply a topical numbing cream to reduce any discomfort associated with the needle injection, but no general anaesthesia is needed. 

Recovery time for a nonsurgical nose job is also substantially shorter. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty produces little, if any, swelling or pain, and many patients resume their normal day-to-day activities after leaving the clinic. 

Immediately following a nonsurgical rhinoplasty, you might notice some tenderness or itching around the nasal area. This should last for a few days, but side effects are minor, especially in comparison to those typically observed after a traditional nose job.

Pay close attention to the surgeon’s instructions on how to care for your nose and the major dos and don’ts: 

  • Try not to touch your nose within six hours of undergoing a nonsurgical nose job.
  • It’s OK to wash your face and wear makeup after the six-hour mark. 
  • Avoid exposing yourself to extreme temperatures (e.g., suntanning, cold winter weather, etc.) until swelling subsides.
  • Don’t wear glasses for four weeks, as the fillers may still be malleable and the weight of your glasses could accidentally reshape your nose.

Unlike its surgical counterpart, a nonsurgical nose job is not a permanent fix. This seems to be a distinct advantage it has over conventional rhinoplasty because the patient isn’t stuck with an unfavorable outcome forever. 

Furthermore, you have the option of slightly reshaping the nose with each procedure, according to your personal preferences. The downside, however, is that a nonsurgical nose job warrants ongoing treatments and maintenance at roughly two-year intervals. As such, it might be difficult to consistently recreate the same results every time.

Since there are no incisions or anaesthesia, nonsurgical rhinoplasty is generally safer than the surgical alternative. But of course, certain negative side effects can still occur and they include:

  • An allergic reaction to injectable fillers
  • Infections
  • Damage to the nasal membrane or the skin on your nose
  • An asymmetrical or lumpy appearance

That’s why it’s important to choose a trained and licensed health care professional with plenty of experience in nonsurgical rhinoplasty.

So how much does a nonsurgical nose job cost? It really depends. It’s significantly more affordable than surgery, ringing in at approximately $1,000 to $1,500 per session. Note that the price varies based on the clinic selected, as well as the type and quantity of fillers they use.

Lastly, remember that results aren’t permanent, so be sure to factor in the costs of long-term upkeep before opting for a nonsurgical nose job. 

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a relatively simple, injection-based cosmetic treatment which doesn’t rely on incisions or general anaesthesia. To maintain your newly-shaped nose, however, it’s necessary to redo a nonsurgical nose job every eight months to two years. Speak with a plastic surgeon to find out if nonsurgical rhinoplasty is the right approach for you.

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