Rhinoplasty vs. Nonsurgical Nose Job: Which One Is Right for Me?

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever, and nonsurgical rhinoplasties are no exception. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, I often answer questions about the benefits of a surgical rhinoplasty compared to a nonsurgical nose job at my Orlando practice.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to better understand whether surgical or nonsurgical rhinoplasty is right for you.

Which concerns are you looking to correct?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty uses injections of dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® to temporarily disguise bumps and subtly create the illusion of a straighter nasal bridge and more lifted tip.

Surgical rhinoplasty is much more customizable. The surgery may narrow the nasal bridge or nostrils, upturn a drooping tip, straighten a crooked bridge, decrease the size of the nose overall, reduce bumps, and more.

How much recovery time are you OK with?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty recovery is minimal, with just a few days of swelling or bruising. However, because the results are temporary, you will have to repeat this recovery period every few months to a year.

Surgical rhinoplasty recovery takes more time. You can expect a week or so of downtime with minimal swelling remaining for up to a year. Fortunately, most people only need to do this once to enjoy attractive results for the rest of their lives.

How long would you like your results to last?

Nonsurgical nose jobs are temporary. Dermal filler injections last a matter of months to a year, and string rhinoplasty results are even more short-lived. (Learn more about string rhinoplasty in this previous blog post.) This makes a nonsurgical approach ideal for someone who is looking to “test run” rhinoplasty results but not for someone seeking long-term improvement.

Surgical rhinoplasty results last a lifetime. Once the bone and cartilage in your nose are surgically altered, they stay that way for good unless you opt for a revision rhinoplasty procedure.

Are you looking to correct breathing issues?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty approaches are superficial and do not correct breathing issues. This route will only provide minimal cosmetic benefits.

Surgical functional rhinoplasty addresses the structures of the nose to correct a deviated septum and other blockages, in addition to providing cosmetic improvements.

How do the costs compare?

According to RealSelf.com, the average cost of a nonsurgical nose job is $1,050

Surgical rhinoplasty at Primera Plastic Surgery averages between $8,650 and $10,200 (not including anesthesia/facility fees). While this is a bigger initial investment, it is less than the cost of repeating annual nonsurgical nose jobs for a decade or more.

As with any cosmetic procedure, cost should not be the defining factor in your decision. You should choose the treatment that will give you the results you want and choose a credentialed provider, with long term experience, you can trust to perform it safely.

To see examples of what is possible with rhinoplasty surgery, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty options in the Orlando area, please contact us online or call (407) 333-3040.

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