What exactly is a non-surgical nose job? In a nutshell, it’s dermal filler injected into the nose, so that you can have more filling or volume in certain areas.
There are many dermal fillers, but the more popular ones seem to be Juvederm or Restylane. This is technically an off-label use of any FDA approved dermal filler. I’m unaware of any dermal filler currently FDA approved for the nose. Many dermal fillers are FDA approved for the face, especially the nasolabial folds, or parentheses lines around the mouth.
So, a non-surgical nose job, or dermal filler to the nose, can be injected as follows
As a primary nose job or procedure- if you’ve never had any surgery or procedure done to your nose before, it’s a great way to do a dry run before surgery and see what altering it will do. Typically it’s injected into the bridge of the nose, or nasal dorsum, to fill it out. You can also get it injected into different areas of the nose, such as the tip or the sides. Since Juvederm and Restylane are HA fillers (hyaluronic acid), they will eventually fade after about 9-12 months.
As a secondary touch-up after a nose job, to fill in any areas that lack volume
HA fillers (hyaluronic acid fillers), such as Juvederm or Restylane, are actually reversible. So, if you’re not happy with the way it looks after the injection, you can have a melting agent injected to dissolve your Juvederm or Restylane.
You can start off with shorter acting HA filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane, versus going to Radiesse, Artefill, or another longer-lasting dermal filler, to see what your results are. This is also a good strategy before getting a surgical nose job, so that you can see what you may look like before committing to surgery.
You, as a patient who is NOT asleep, can provide input into what your nose looks like. Although you may be able to see before and after pictures, as well as undergo software imaging, a dermal filler injection in the office allows a more collaborative effort between you and the plastic surgeon.
You can come back and get multiple injections, so that you can see if you need more dermal filler long-term or not. You’re not under any obligation to get more than 1 syringe, but you always have the option long-term.
A non-surgical nose job is not anything to take lightly, even if it is only an office procedure. You want to think about your options and carefully choose who your injector is.
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