How can I get a smaller nose with non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More
On most days it doesn’t bother you, but on days like today you’re feeling upset. At a local café, a toddler walked up to your table, pointed at your face and said loudly, “Your nose is big!” And even though you smiled at the mother and accepted the toddler’s apology, you know they were right. As a teenager you were cast as the Wicked Witch of the West because of your large nose.
Even though you could get nose surgery, you just don’t have the time, money or pain tolerance to have rhinoplasty surgery. But there is an alternative! You can get a smaller nose with non-surgical rhinoplasty.
What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers a less expensive alternative, with minimal downtime to surgical rhinoplasty. Because the central focal point of your face is the nose, other people’s eyes are naturally drawn to it. If you feel like your nose is out proportion with the rest of your face, it can be upsetting. It’s important to note that surgical rhinoplasty is still regarded as the gold standard for nose reshaping.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses dermal fillers to add shape and definition, fill in an indentation or camouflage a nose bump. Dermal fillers can also be injected in the base of the columellar (the underside of the nose that separates your nostrils) to make your nasal tip appear more elevated. Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers an effective way to shape your nose in proportion with your face, boost your self-confidence and improve your self-image.
What issues can non-surgical rhinoplasty address?
Because of its convenience, affordability and minimal down time, non-surgical rhinoplasty is growing in popularity. Compared to surgical rhinoplasty, non-surgical rhinoplasty has less serious risks, complications and side effects.
You may be a good candidates for non-surgical rhinoplasty if:
- You want to diminish the appearance of a bump on your nose
- You want to improve your nose symmetry
- The bridge of your nose is flat and you would like more definition
- Your nose has contour irregularities that you would like to smooth out
- The tip of your nose is drooping down and needs lifting
- You want to improve your profile
- Your nostril rims are too high.
What happens during non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic injections that restore and revolumise areas of the face non-surgically. They are composed from a clear gel made of a substance that is naturally found in your skin.
We tend to use finer fillers in areas where your skin is fine and smoothness is critical, like your eye and temple area. The thicker fillers can be injected deeper in areas that need more bulk and volume such as your cheeks or jaw line. Many of the fillers are blended with a local anaesthetic that can significantly reduce the amount of pain during your procedure. The local anaesthetic mildly numbs the injection site so you experience minimal discomfort. Our highly trained cosmetic doctors and nurses can expertly place the finer injections superficially in the skin without causing any lumps.
Dermal filler is injected in several areas of the nose in one clinic visit. Generally, we use a shorter lasting and reversible filler can be used to ‘test’ to see if the treatment leads to an aesthetic improvement. The longevity of dermal fillers is usually 6 months.
If you’re happy with the improvement to your nose, the second option we usually try is to use a longer lasting filler like Radiesse. It’s important to note that Radiesse is not reversible and tends to last from 12 to 18 months. The average volume required of Radiesse for a nose is approximately 0.3 to 0.4mL. Using Radiesse has a similar feel to the nose and will give you greater lift and longevity than other dermal fillers.
After non-surgical rhinoplasty, you may experience some puffiness, bruising or swelling. Some patients experience a tender nose for 3 to 5 days.
Are there any risks with non-surgical rhinoplasty?
While it is rare, non-surgical rhinoplasty can compromise the blood supply to your nose. If dermal filler is injected into arteries that supply your nose, the skin can die and scar. On rare occasions, dermal filler can cause the local blood supply to compress, resulting in scars and death of the skin.
It’s important to note that if you have had nose surgery, the risks associated with non-surgical rhinoplasty increase significantly. Previous nose surgeries can alter the anatomy and blood supply of your nose. This can increase the likelihood of dermal fillers blocking the blood supply.
To avoid dermal fillers blocking the blood supply in your nose, our highly trained and experienced practitioners use blunt cannulas instead of needles. This enables our practitioners to have a more accurate feel of where the injection is going.
The best skincare to use after non-surgical rhinoplasty
After you’ve had non-surgical rhinoplasty, we suggest you keep your skin clean and hydrated. Aspect Dr Exfoliator is suitable for all skin types, particularly congested, dull and thickened skin. At night, using a pea size amount all over your face will exfoliate, soothe, calm and refine your skin.
You can also alternate Aspect Dr Exfoliator with Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus. This concentrated vitamin A and AHA botanical complex will brighten, exfoliate, refine and nourish your skin.
How to get the best non-surgical rhinoplasty in Melbourne
Like to change the shape of your nose without going under the knife? Since 2005 we’ve helped thousands of patients improve the shape of their nose non-surgically. Our highly trained and experienced cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses take the time to understand the type of nose shape you would like. So your nose still looks it belongs to you, we consider carefully the shape of your face.
Find out how our non-surgical rhinoplasty can help balance out your face so you look and feel amazing.