Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty vs. Surgical Rhinoplasty

The shape, size, and projection of a person’s nose has a huge impact on their overall facial appearance.

If a person has a nose that makes them feel self-conscious, their nose is limiting their ability to live a more desirable life. If a person feels embarrassed or if they feel that every time someone looks at them their entire focus is on their nose, their nose is dictating who and what they are. Most people would agree that this is quite a price to pay.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a rhinoplasty (a nose job) is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. In 2017, as many as 219,000 people had the procedure done. Demand for the popular procedure shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. It can be done for medical reasons – such as to correct breathing problems related to the nose or correct disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects.

It can also be done because people want to improve their self-confidence. When rhinoplasty is performed in the right way and for the right reasons, it can do just that.

Now if you are considering getting rhinoplasty done on your nose, here comes the big question.

Do you want a procedure that requires days to weeks of downtime and is also very expensive or one that will let you get back to your everyday life almost immediately and also costs less?

If you are still undecided, this article will help you understand how a non-surgical rhinoplasty’s benefits outweigh that of a surgical rhinoplasty.

Traditionally, rhinoplasty involves surgically reshaping bone, cartilage, and skin, which permanently alters the appearance of the nose to help achieve greater facial harmony. Surgical rhinoplasty typically involves a week or two of downtime, and results take six months or more to fully settle in.

But, while surgery is needed to make substantive changes to the nose and remains the best choice for some patients, not everyone is ready to undergo surgery and recovery. Nor does everyone desire permanent changes to their nose.

That’s where non-surgical rhinoplasty comes in.

What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses injectable dermal fillers to alter the appearance of a person’s nose without surgery. While this treatment will not repair more serious nose shape flaws, it can be an excellent treatment for many people who just need minor changes to create a more attractive look.

The non-surgical nose job is quickly becoming one of the most popular medical procedures that money can buy. Non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the use of dermal fillers to improve the shape and contour of the nose, to even out bumps, add volume to the nose, and define the tip. You may feel like you need a non-surgical rhinoplasty if you want to raise the bridge of your nose, make your nose appear slimmer, or to correct any asymmetry.

Unlike traditional rhinoplasty the treatment does not involve any incisions, scars, or recovery time, and results are immediate. The fillers will eventually be absorbed by the body however, so retreatment will be required in time.

How safe is a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Dermal filler procedures are extremely safe, often requiring only local anesthesia, and other than some minor bruising (as it only involves an injection into the skin), there are no cuts or stitches that need long-term recovery time. You can go back to work the same day, whereas traditional nose surgery can necessitate up to 10 days before returning to activity and up to 6 months before the pain and swelling dissipate entirely. On top of that, because the procedure is temporary, there are no long-term scarring risks.

Are there any risks with Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Like any cosmetic procedure, non-surgical rhinoplasty can carry some risks.

If the person performing the injections doesn’t place the filler in exactly the right spot, there is a chance that the substance will interfere with blood flow, possibly causing long-lasting damage to the skin. However, when the procedure is performed by a trained professional, the risk of misplaced injections is very rare.

Therefore, you can reduce the risk of complications after a liquid rhinoplasty by choosing a qualified professional who has experience in nasal procedures and expertise in working with fillers.


Finally, the results you get from surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty are considerably different. The changes a surgeon makes to your nose during surgical rhinoplasty are permanent. Although your nose might change slightly as you get older, the results will never wear off.

The results you get from a non-surgical rhinoplasty are mostly temporary and short-lived. Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the fillers used, you can expect results to last for less than a year. If you’re not happy with your results, your clinic might be able to reverse the procedure early by injecting an enzyme that will dissolve the fillers.


Knowing the difference between procedures will help you decide which one is the right one for your nose. Time, permanence, and of course pain and cost, are the major variables between the different procedures and help to lead patients towards the treatment that will best fit in with their life.

If you do not need to improve the function of your nose (i.e. problems with breathing, snoring), and you are just looking for a subtle change in appearance, then non-surgical rhinoplasty could be a good fit for you. This option is ideal for temporarily improving minor flaws on the bridge, tip, or nostrils to help achieve a straighter, more proportional nose.