Injection Rhinoplasty: The Non-Surgical Nose Job

by Marisa Amorasak

Injection Rhinoplasty: The Non-Surgical Nose Job

Rhinoplasty remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States and beyond. But getting a smaller, perkier, or straighter nose generally involves general anesthesia, an invasive surgery, and a lengthy recovery period. Recently, doctors have begun looking at rhinoplasty in a new way—one that allows patients to get the same results without having to go under the knife. Injection rhinoplasty uses an FDA-approved filler to alter the look of the nose in a quick office visit. Bumps will be smoothed, sides made symmetrical, dents filled in, and nasal bridges more pronounced. Best of all, there’s no downtime associated with injection rhinoplasty—meaning you can show off your new nose sooner.

What is Injection Rhinoplasty?

Injection rhinoplasty is a non-surgical procedure that was developed to mimic the effects of a traditional rhinoplasty via careful injections to the nose. During an injection rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon will first apply a numbing cream to the patient’s nose. Although the injections aren’t very painful, their vicinity to the eye area may cause discomfort. The doctor will then inject specific dosages into the nasal area, addressing any cosmetic problems that have been previously discussed during the consultation.

Patients should expect minor redness and swelling around the nose after the procedure. Soreness of the facial muscles should last about a day. After that, patients will be able to see the full results of their injection rhinoplasty and return to their regular activities.

What Type of Filler Does Injection Rhinoplasty Use?

Injection rhinoplasties are most commonly performed using the FDA-approved injectable dermal filler Radiesse™. It’s best known for reducing wrinkles and plumping lips, but doctors have found that it’s the ideal solution for injection rhinoplasty as well. Radiesse is a gel formula composed of natural calcium and phosphate ions, eliminating the risk of allergic reaction or infection. Radiesse is also one of the longest-lasting injectables available, with results lasting 2-5 years.

Ideal Candidates for Injection Rhinoplasty

Injection rhinoplasty can be helpful to a range of cosmetic ailments related to the nose, including people who have:

  • Nasal bumps in the bridge of the nose
  • Flat or wide noses without a substantial nasal bridge. This is a common request by people of African American or Asian descent
  • Droopy nose tips
  • Hollows or dents along the nose
  • Symmetry issues or a “crooked” nose
  • Previously undergone a traditional rhinoplasty but are unhappy with the results and looking for another solution

Benefits of Injection Rhinoplasty

  • Semi-permanent results. If a patient is unsure that they want to commit to a rhinoplasty, injection rhinoplasty may offer similar results that don’t last forever.
  • Inexpensive. An injection rhinoplasty will cost between $500 and $1,000, depending on the extent of the procedure.
  • Non-surgical. The thought of surgery or being put under general anesthesia is enough for some people to avoid surgical procedures altogether. Injection rhinoplasty is 100% non-surgical—just a few needles pricking your nose.
  • No recovery time. You won’t need any bedrest after an injection rhinoplasty, and you won’t have to walk around with bruises or bandages for days after the surgery. Just expect a little soreness and swelling the day of the procedure. All regular activities can be resumed the next day.

If you’d like to learn more about the injection rhinoplasty procedure, contact our representatives today. We can also schedule you a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area with experience in injection rhinoplasties. During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to speak one-on-one with the doctor and find out if you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure. Contact us today!

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