Can I get a non-surgical nose job?

Surgery is costly, involves downtime and discomfort, and (for some) can be scary. These are just some of the reasons patients come through my Glendale office looking for nonsurgical alternatives to cosmetic procedures.

Some patients come to me unhappy with the shape of their nose, but lacking the time resources to pursue a traditional rhinoplasty procedure (also known as a nose job).

For those patients, I offer a liquid rhinoplasty. The minimally invasive procedure is a viable choice for people who need minor adjustments to the shape of their nose or want to preview what their face would look like with a rhinoplasty.

The overall goal of nose reshaping is to gain better “facial harmony”.

What is a liquid rhinoplasty?

Liquid rhinoplasty (also called a “non-surgical nose job”) is a non-surgical way to adjust the shape of the nose. Rather than making incisions to adjust the most prominent feature of our face, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty uses dermal fillers that are injected and then contoured.

It is a viable option for people with minor deformities of their nose but not for more extensive conditions such as a deviated septum.

Sometimes patients who’ve already undergone a traditional rhinoplasty adjust minor nasal asymmetries with a liquid nose job. It is important to keep in mind that this procedure requires extra precision and care because the blood supply has already been altered by the initial surgery. The risk of complications is, therefore, higher than if a patient never had rhinoplasty.

Unlike traditional rhinoplasty surgery, a liquid rhinoplasty requires no downtime, which is a major plus for patients with tight schedules.

Another benefit of having a liquid rhinoplasty is that the contouring procedure is temporary. This allows patients to see if they like their nose’s new shape before having a permanent rhinoplasty. Alternatively, they can keep having fillers applied every so often (depending on which filler is used). 

What happens during a liquid rhinoplasty?

Man receiving liquid rhinoplasty injection, non surgical nose job.

Liquid rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour. First, I’ll apply a numbing cream to your nose. Once the feeling is gone, the fillers can be injected into the nose.

Patients sometimes feeling pinching or slight pressure during the process. After the procedure has been completed, there may be some slight bruising and swelling. This can usually be reduced by applying an ice pack to the area. Within two weeks the swelling will have disappeared, and the results of your liquid rhinoplasty become visible. 

How long does liquid rhinoplasty last?

Liquid rhinoplasty is a temporary procedure. Depending on the filler that is used, results last anywhere from six months to two years.

The minimally invasive procedure must be repeated to maintain desired results. 

Which dermal fillers last the longest?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a natural substance that is found in your skin; it keeps your skin curvy and hydrated. Most HA fillers contain lidocaine to reduce discomfort before and after your treatment. HA is sold under the brand names Juvéderm, Perlane, and Restylane. 

Calcium Hydroxlapatite (CaHA). CaHa is natural matter found in your bones. This type of dermal filler contains microscopic calcium particles in a soft gel. In addition to being thicker, it helps stimulate natural collagen growth. It is usually used for deep lines and creases and is marketed under the brand name Radiesse®. Radiesse tends to last slightly longer than acid-based materials. 

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Potential side effects of liquid rhinoplasty

Most side effects of liquid rhinoplasty are minor and include pain, bruising, asymmetry, and lump formation.

Also, sometimes dermal fillers alone do not achieve the desired result. If this happens, patients should consider rhinoplasty surgery.

The most serious complications are extremely rare. With any filler being used via intramuscular injection there is a slight risk of skin necrosis or blindness. 

Even though liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical procedure, it still requires special, advanced training.

Dermal fillers for the nose — who is not a good candidate

By using injectable fillers into the nose, we will be adding volume to it. Because of this aspect, liquid rhinoplasty is not the correct procedure for patients who:

  • Have a large nose and want its size reduced
  • Are looking for extreme results, such as repairing the look of a broken or crooked nose
  • Need to constantly wear glasses

It is recommended that patients do without glasses (or even sunglasses) for up to two weeks after the liquid rhinoplasty procedure. This is because the dermal fillers may join the skin of the nose if too much pressure is applied.

Trust your liquid rhinoplasty treatments to a board-certified plastic surgeon

Though this procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, there are still risks to be considered. That is why it’s important to work with a highly trained, certified cosmetic surgeon you can trust.

Fortunately, Dr. Saber is known in Glendale and Los Angeles as one of the very best plastic surgeons. As an advanced reconstructive plastic surgeon as well as a cosmetic one, her specialized training and in-depth understanding of facial anatomy make her a very comforting choice for her patients. A graduate of Stanford University Medical School, she took her residency at USC, followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at New York University (NYU).

Even though liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical procedure, it still requires special, advanced training.

While your local medspa may offer this procedure, there is no guarantee the person modifying your nose is properly trained to do so safely.

Trust The Plastic Surgery Practice of Dr. Saber for your Liquid Rhinoplasty

Dr. Sepideh Saber, MD, FACS, offers a more sensitive, female perspective for patients of all ages, genders, and orientations. Patients from all walks of life have praised not only their final outcomes but her caring, thoughtful approach to all types of appearance and health-related matters. 

 Dr. Saber performs a full range of cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgery including breast augmentation, laser hair removal treatments, rhinoplasty, ear surgery, facelift, Botox, and dermal fillers, as well as many more.

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The practice of Dr. Saber is located in Glendale, CA. We are convenient to patients in the Los Angeles area and Burbank, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, North Hollywood, Altadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Monterey Park, Beverly Hills, East Los Angeles, Commerce, Huntington Park, West Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles. Our offices also have full wheelchair accessibility.

Dr. Saber takes her patients’ safety seriously. The facility’s Covid-19 patient safety procedures exceed all the CDC’s coronavirus pandemic recommendations. Masks are always required in our institutes.

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