How do non-surgical nose jobs work?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty (more literally known as 'nose filler') is an aesthetic treatment rising in popularity with women and men alike. According to data released by a private clinic, the demand for such procedures increased by 29% over the past year. With an evident rise in the use of aesthetics due to social media and celebrity influence, such quick and easy ‘lunch break’ treatments are becoming fairly commonplace.
By carefully injecting dermal filler above and below the ‘bump’ on the nose, we can very easily make the most ‘hooked’ of noses, look completely straight. Additionally, by applying filler around the tip of the nose, we can make it look thinner and more refined, and can further lift the tip of the nose by injecting Botox into the depressor nasalis, the muscle which continuously pulls the nose down.
What are the benefits of this treatment over traditional rhinoplasty?
We now have more and more options for performing non-surgical procedures. Being non-surgical it means less risk, less downtime, fewer side effects and yet with very similar results. The new non-surgical nose job using dermal fillers means we can do so much in just five minutes and with no pain. Surgical rhinoplasty, however, takes a month or longer to recover from and results are not always perfect. I was one of the first doctors a few years ago who developed the technique of the non-surgical procedure now done by doctors all over the UK.
What does a non-surgical nose job actually entail?
We use a thin needle to introduce a hyaluronic acid filler, the typical ones being Juvéderm and Restylane. Then through a tiny needle we inject the filler into the areas it is needed, almost like a sculptor. Once done, we mould it, and finally give the patient aftercare instructions, such as not to wear sunglasses for a little while. The full non-surgical nose job procedure takes only 10-to-15 minutes and the results are instantaneous.
Does it hurt?
We use modern fillers which contain some local anesthetic in them, and this coupled with our light-handed technique, makes the procedure is quick and painless.
How long do the results last?
As we do not move the nose too much, the results can last as long as 12-to-18 months, and with repeat treatments, they can last even longer.
How safe is it?
Juvéderm and Restylane which are used in this procedure, are a biocompatible and biodegradable product which means that it is not harmful to the body and is broken down and removed from the body naturally. These hyaluronic acid nose fillers come in the form of a sterile gel produced in the laboratory.
Are there any side effects?
Some injection-related side effects can occur including redness, tenderness, swelling and bruising. None of these are ever very serious and they will resolve in a matter of days.