Dr. Kayle, our expert columnist, weighs in on nose job alternatives

I have always hated my nose but really don’t want to have surgery. Is there another option?

Up until a few years ago, if you wanted a smaller/ straighter/ smoother nose you really only had one choice – to have rhinoplasty (aka a nose job).

But as the popularity of injectable fillers grew and cosmetic surgeons became more familiar with their benefits, an off-label use for them developed, one that was capable of transforming your entire profile in under 15 minutes: the non-surgical nose job. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting fillers into the nose to alter its shape, the nostrils or bridge height

Working with the same hyaluronic acid gels used for facial fillers, an expert doctor can correct curves, bumps, and lumps, making your nose appear (and that is the crucial word!) smaller. The ideal candidate for a non-surgical nose job is someone who has a pronounced bump on the bridge of their nose. By filling the area around the bump, you can create the illusion of a perfectly straight nose. It is also possible to correct other imperfections: fillers will help lift up a droopy tip and it can also mitigate any sharp angles on mildly crooked noses. There are certain issues that cannot be dealt with by using this technique, namely noses that are too big or thick and those with extreme bumps.

The actual procedure is generally painless and takes about 15 to 20 minutes, but might be slightly longer if a numbing cream is applied beforehand, meaning it really is a lunchtime procedure!

The one downside is that unlike a surgical rhinoplasty, the results from this nonsurgical procedure are temporary, and last only as long as the fillers do – lasting anything from three months to one year, depending on the type of filler you choose. Given this, I always think it should be considered a short-term solution and one which works best when used for fairly minor adjustments, otherwise it can end up being very costly (compared to traditional rhinoplasty) as top-up treatments are required at least annually.

That said, it can be a really terrific treatment if you want to test out different options for your nose before committing to surgery.

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