What is a non-surgical rhinoplasty?

Traditionally, nose reshaping has been done with surgical rhinoplasty. It remains the gold standard for nose reshaping, but for those who do not want a permanent change, or for those who would like to try a temporary procedure prior to rhinoplasty, injectable nose enhancement with dermal fillers may be appropriate.

Bumps or protrusions cannot be removed with dermal fillers, rather, hollows can be filled in to straighten the nose. For example, if there is a prominent nasal bridge (hook nose), then the area above and below the bend can be filled to straighten the nose. Another example of non-surgical nose shaping is when a nose is deviated to one side, the concave side can be filler to make it appear straighter.

Nasal tip elevation is often desired by patients. This can be achieved by injecting the tip of the nose, as well as the by injecting filler in the base of the collumellar (the underside of the nose separating the nostrils) to lower it, which makes the tip appear elevated.

What are the types of dermal fillers that can be used in the nose?

Generally, a shorter lasting and reversible filler can be used to ‘test’ to see if the treatment leads to an aesthetic improvement. The longevity of these fillers are about 6 months in the nose, and are usually made from hyaluronic acid. If one is happy with the improvement, the second option is usually to try a longer lasting filler like Radiesse. Radiesse can also be used as a first line filler for the nose, as it has a similar feel to the nose and has greater lift and longevity than the hyaluronic acid fillers. Radiesse is not reversible however, 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.

What are the risks of non-surgical rhinoplasty?

One of the rare, but important risks to consider when having non-surgical rhinoplasty is the risk of compromising the blood supply. It is possible for filler to be injected directly into the arteries that supply the nose, which causes an immediately blanching of the skin and can lead to death of the skin and scarring. Another possibility is when the filler causes compression of the local blood supply (the space in the nose becomes too tight), which can also lead to similar problems.

The risks increase significantly if one has had surgery on the nose in the past, as this alters the normal blood supply and anatomy of the nose, making it more likely for dermal fillers obstruct the blood supply.

To avoid the above risk, we mostly use blunt cannulae rather than needles, as cannulae are less likely to directly enter the blood vessels than a sharp needle. Our practitioners’ experience also allows them to have a better feel of what is happening during the injection due to feedback from the amount of pressure imparted on the syringe plunger.


Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Case Study 1

This person presented to Victorian Cosmetic Institute concerned about a bump on her nose. She had a dermal filler  injected into the area above the bridge/bump and below the bump. The after photo was taken immediately after the procedure.

Non Surgical Nose Shaping


Dermal filler for non-surgical rhinoplasty

Patient presented to Victorian Cosmetic Institute with an emotional concern for her nose. She would hide away and feel embarrassed when people looked at her. She had a small amount of Dermal Filler in the bridge and tip of her nose to refine it’s shape and create a smaller, straighter appearance. The patient now feels confident and empowered with her appearance.

At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, our doctors have a large range of dermal fillers for you to choose from to suit your needs and goals. Furthermore, we specialise in non-surgical nose reshaping and non-surgical facial shaping.

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