Did you know that enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your nose is quite possible without undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure? These “nose jobs” without surgery involve a number of different techniques, which are all intended to reshape and redefine the nose without the cost, recovery time, or lengthy procedure of an operation.

Most non-surgical “nose jobs” refer to the application of facial rejuvenation techniques, generally involving the use of fillers (both artificial and/or organic) to smooth wrinkles on or near the nose, to subtly change the structure of the nose, and for those patients who don’t want to “commit” to the changes of surgical intervention.

Many non-surgical approaches to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the nose are not long lasting—which in some cases is a benefit rather than an inconvenience. Most of the changes discussed here will last anywhere from 9 months to 2 years and are usually fully reversible (either by waiting for the effects to fade or through intervention).

Neurotoxins, Juvéderm, and Other Fillers for Non-Surgical Nose Jobs

Botulinum Toxin A is traditionally used to smooth out lines and wrinkles in the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s-feet), and the corners of the mouth. However, it can also be targeted to areas of the nose to provide a similar smoothing effect on any lines or wrinkles there as well as to reshape and resize the external anatomy of the nose without any incisions or modification of the underlying nasal structures, as one would have to do during rhinoplasty.

Juvéderm is another popular option for facial rejuvenation, and many patients have begun to use it as an alternative to neurotoxins at the discretion and advice of their medical practitioner. This filler is commonly used in similar applications to neurotoxins, but has use for enhancing the appearance of the nose as well.

Finally, Restylane is another filler, which utilizes hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyl apatite, both of which are naturally produced by the body. Fat grafts are also occasionally used to enhance the nose, though this requires the assistance of a very well-trained plastic surgeon.

It’s important to note that most facial rejuvenation fillers are temporary and last for 9 months to 2 years, depending on the type used and how it was applied. However, in some cases, this is a benefit, as we’ll discuss below.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Nose Jobs

The primary benefit of a non-surgical nose job is that it’s temporary. While some patients might have problems with their noses, either purely aesthetic or in terms of a medical necessity—and these are good candidates for the more lasting nature of rhinoplasty—others might find that the 9-month to 2-year window for most fillers is a good way to potentially avoid surgery while still achieving their aesthetic goals.

Additionally, non-surgical nose jobs are affordable in terms of comparison to the surgical options, and patients can enjoy substantially less recovery time after a treatment. In most cases, patients will be ready to return to their normal routines after only a very short period of time (in the event that there was minor swelling or bruising from the injection).

Are You a Good Candidate?

To learn more about all of your options concerning nose jobs—surgical or otherwise—the smartest thing you can do is to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. The right medical professional will have the breadth and depth of experience to properly advise you on which methods are the ideal ways to meet your aesthetic goals and how you can go about redefining the look of your nose. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that it won’t require surgery.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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