Nonsurgical vs. Surgical Rhinoplasty: Which Is Right for You?

Dark haired woman with attractive nose looking to her right

One of the most noteworthy trends in the aesthetic field during the past decade has been the emphasis on nonsurgical alternatives to plastic surgery. People now talk about “liquid facelifts” as a way to avoid—at least temporarily—the need for cosmetic surgery. Using fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic to change the shape of your nose, called nonsurgical rhinoplasty, is also something my Orlando patients ask about.

For the right patients, a nonsurgical nose job can correct certain imperfections that cause them to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Even though surgical rhinoplasty provides long-lasting results and can create more dramatic changes, not everyone with concerns about the look of their noses may want to undergo surgery. Cost and downtime can deter some patients, in addition to worrying about being unhappy with the results.

In this blog post, I’ll explain nonsurgical rhinoplasty techniques, what it can accomplish, and why it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon with experience performing this procedure. The provider must have a comprehensive understanding of nasal anatomy to use injectables with precision.

Who Can Benefit?

The nonsurgical approach to reshaping the nose is ideal for women or men with specific concerns that are isolated, such as a dorsal hump or asymmetry that isn’t too severe. Another benefit is that it creates immediate results, and you won’t need to take time off work or school. Finally, a nonsurgical procedure can give patients a chance to “test-drive” rhinoplasty to determine if they want to make permanent changes. Fillers used for nasal reshaping can be reversed using injections of hyaluronidase.

One thing to keep in mind if you’re considering a nonsurgical nose job: Fillers add volume, so it’s not for people who believe their noses are too big.


How Is Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Performed?

We numb the skin at the outset of the procedure to help minimize discomfort (fillers are also pre-mixed with a local anesthetic). Because the nose’s blood supply is complicated, it’s critical for injectors to use precision for nonsurgical rhinoplasty. A filler can camouflage a crooked nose or a nasal hump and create the illusion of a straighter nose. It’s safest to inject filler into the bridge of the nose rather than into the tip, which is why we don’t recommend the nonsurgical approach for patients who want a narrower tip.

It’s also useful for making minor corrections for patients who have already had surgical rhinoplasty.

Dr. Gross shares rhinoplasty results at Primera Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FL

Close up of Jenna’s rhinoplasty results.

Ultimately, rhinoplasty performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon can be a truly transformative procedure in a way that liquid rhinoplasty cannot match. You can see the types of results a surgical nose job can produce in the gallery of before-and-after photos of my actual patients.

If you’re dissatisfied with your nose’s appearance and want to discuss your options, contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us at (407) 333-3040 to schedule an appointment.

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