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You Don’t Need Surgery to Have a Nose Job

Posted on: February 1, 2011
By: MarcyAtZeel

Photo courtesy of Flickr member SuperFantastic

A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is normally a big investment – both financially and physically.  Not only does a standard surgical nose job cost  from $3,000 to $10,000 ,  but  the procedure itself can be painful, and full recovery can take up to a year.

But now there’s an alternative for some – the non-surgical nose job.  The non-surgical nose job involves the injection of fillers into the nose to reshape it.   Of course, the procedure has its limits.  A non-surgical nose job cannot narrow a very wide nose or repair  a badly broken nose or a deviated septum.  It can, however, lift the tip of a nose, smooth a bridge, reshape nostrils or fill indentations.

Dr. Nelson Novick, an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, notes that the non-surgical nose job is “quite versatile. “  The procedure is good at “straightening the bridges of bumped, humped noses or curved noses” as well as “filling dents” and “raising the tips of naturally downturned noses or those that have drooped with age.”

A variety of fillers are used for the non-surgical nose job.  Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, like Restylane and Perlane,  are a good place to start, as they are temporary in duration.  Keep in mind, however, that because the nose is not a mobile area of the face, these fillers tend to last longer in the nose than they would in the lips, for example.   (Motion breaks down fillers.)  Longer-lasting fillers like Radiesse can then be used if the results are good.  Sculptra and the permanent filler Artefill are also possibilities, though Novick notes that Sculptra requires a series of treatments and does not take effect immediately.  Artefill, he says, as a permanent filler, “does not allow the same flexibility as we have with temporary and semi-permanent fillers to adjust to bone and cartilage changes that occur with aging.  A result that may suit today may look bumpy or bizarre ten or twenty years down the road as the nose changes structurally underneath.”  Artefill has also been known to cause granulomas, or bumpy nodules, sometimes many years after successful treatment.

Non-surgical nose jobs should be performed by doctors experienced with the structure of the nose.  Results can be striking – for example, see this before and after gallery. How exactly does a non-surgical nose job make a nose improve in appearance?  “It’s an interesting visual phenomenon,” comments Dr. Novick, “that when a bent nasal bridge is corrected non-surgically, the entire nose often appears sleeker and slightly shorter, due to the slight upward lift from the material injected into the bridge region.”

One of the main advantages of the non-surgical nose job, aside from price, is recovery time.  There is effectively no discomfort or downtime after the procedure – you can have a new nose in about an hour.

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