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Non-surgical rhinoplasty – how it works and where you can find treatments

Not every nose job requires going under the knife. Non-surgical rhinoplasty – also known as a liquid nose job – swaps out the scalpel for a less invasive filler that can help reshape and contour your nose.

So, how exactly does the treatment work and is a non-surgical alternative an option for you?

Fast facts

  • Best results

    One procedure

  • Duration of results

    Up to six months

  • Back to work

    Immediately

  • Full recovery time

    No recovery time needed

  • Price range

    1,530 SR to 3,050 SR

  • Treatment duration

    15 minutes

  • Comfort

    OTC pain relief

  • Treatment type

    Non-invasive

What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a less invasive and more affordable alternative to a traditional nose job, as it uses dermal fillers to sculpt the nose for a smoother profile.

While it can’t reduce the size of the nose, it can:

  • Contour its tip to create more of a ‘button nose’.
  • Lift the tip.
  • Disguise small bumps along the bridge of your nose by smoothing them out.
  • Add volume.

How does a non-surgical rhinoplasty work?

The science behind it

The treatment uses a hyaluronic acid filler to reshape your nose. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, helping your skin retain moisture for a plumper appearance.

With its instant smoothing effects, injectable hyaluronic acid is now a key ingredient in many aesthetic treatments (mainly dermal fillers) – accounting for almost a third of all non-surgical procedures in 2019.

Before the treatment

Book an initial consultation to discuss any concerns you have with your nose and the desired look you would like to achieve. Your doctor can advise whether the treatment is right for you.

During the treatment

Your liquid nose job should only take around 15 to 45 minutes. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. You’ll be asked to lie down with your face tilted slightly upward.
  2. Your doctor may then apply a topical anaesthetic to your nose area.
  3. Once the area has been numbed, they can then start to inject the filler. This will be injected around your nose or on the bridge to achieve the desired shape and volume.

During the procedure, you might feel a slight pinch or increased pressure around your nasal passage.

Aftercare

Following the procedure, you should be able to get back to your usual routine. You’ll be able to see your full results within a week or two of the treatment.

You may experience some mild redness or sensitivity around the nose, though this should fade within one or two days. Other potential, but rare, side-effects include:

  • Bruising or swelling around the injection site.
  • Filler migration – where the filler shifts to another area of your nose, causing an overfilled look.
  • Nausea or fever – contact your doctor if you experience this.

Is non-surgical rhinoplasty permanent? Plus, other things you need to know

It’s time to look at the practical elements of the procedure, including the results and costs, and how liquid rhinoplasty compares with its surgical counterpart.

Is a non-surgical rhinoplasty permanent?

No, non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a permanent procedure as the filler is biodegradable and should dissolve into your skin. Results usually last for up to six months, depending on the area and the amount of filler used.

How much does a non-surgical rhinoplasty cost?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty typically costs between SR1,530 and SR3,050. Prices may vary depending on the expertise and experience of your clinician.

Surgical vs non-surgical rhinoplasty

If you’re looking for a swift nose reshaping that you can fit into your lunch break, a liquid nose job is the way to go. With the procedure usually taking just 15 minutes and no downtime required, it’s a quicker alternative to surgical rhinoplasty.

Just remember that a liquid nose job only offers temporary results, while a surgical nose job is long-term. So, if you’re not wanting a permanent change just yet, a non-surgical rhinoplasty could be a great trial option for you.

Traditional nose jobs also tend to cost more than non-surgical rhinoplasty, with prices starting from SR18,000.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty facts

  • One of the first recorded rhinoplasty procedures took place in ancient India in the sixth century BCE. A flap of skin was taken from the patient’s cheek to shape a new nose.
  • Injectable hyaluronic acid was used by athletes to speed up recovery from sprains and treat joint pains. But these dermal fillers were quickly picked up by the cosmetic industry and approved by the FDA in the early 2000s.

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