Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

The non-surgical approach to redefining and shaping the nose

Non-surgical rhinoplasty nose job

We’ve all heard of the popular cosmetic operation that is ‘the nose job’. Although so many men and women are embarrassed, self-conscious or insecure about the shape, size, angle or proportions of their nose, they don’t do anything about it. 

Why? Because a ‘nose job’ or rhinoplasty is a serious cosmetic surgical procedure that comes with many risks, as well as weeks of downtime… and then there’s the hefty price tag!

But did you know it’s possible to see impressive improvements in the shape and appearance of your nose without invasive surgery? This is where the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure comes in! 

What is a non-surgical rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves an operation to improve the appearance of the nose. Until recently, it was the go-to treatment for anyone who was self-conscious about the shape, size and symmetry of their nose.

In recent years, with the development of new products and techniques, it’s become possible to make improvements to one’s appearance without the need to go under the knife.

A non-surgical rhinoplasty involves non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers or threads which can be inserted to help improve its look.

Unlike a surgical procedure, they can be performed by a qualified and experienced aesthetic practitioner (such as a doctor, nurse or dentist) who is skilled in the art of non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Dermal filler and thread procedures can have excellent results, don’t require general anaesthetic, and can technically be done in your lunchbreak. With no cutting or slicing the downtime is significantly shorter than your usual surgical rhinoplasty.

How does a non-surgical rhinoplasty using dermal fillers work?

Also known as a ‘liquid nose job’ or a ‘liquid rhinoplasty’, this procedure involves the injection of dermal filler into the nose to improve its shape, symmetry, definition or projection.

Dermal fillers are especially successful at improving dorsal humps (the bump on the nose in-between the eyes), a drooping nose tip, asymmetry and to improve the light reflections in the area.

Although the injection of dermal filler technically makes the nose bigger, for many patients it can create the illusion that its size has reduced as it may appear to be in more proportion and straighter than it once was.

The procedure will usually take around 15-45 minutes. Results are instant and may last six to 18 months, depending on the product used.

A practitioner may take a ‘full face’ or ‘profhiloplasty’ approach when they are performing a non-surgical rhinoplasty using dermal fillers. This means that they may assess the entire face and recommend filler is also injected in other areas, like the chin, cheeks and lips to further enhance the results and create complete facial harmony.

How does a non-surgical rhinoplasty using threads work?

Threads are medical sutures that are specifically designed to cosmetically improve one’s appearance. They may also be inserted into the nose to create a lifting effect to help with sagging or a downward nasal tip. In addition, they can increase the shape of the nose by promoting collagen production.

The procedure is also quick, usually taking around 15-45 minutes. Results may be instant and will likely improve over time. They will usually last around 6-24 months, depending on the type of threads that are inserted.

Threads may be used alone, or in combination with dermal fillers, depending on the desired result.


If you are wanting permanent results, then non-surgical rhinoplasty is not likely to be the right treatment for you. As the majority of dermal fillers and threads are biodegradable, they will dissolve over time and you will need repeated treatments to maintain the results. 

Although the benefit of non-surgical rhinoplasty is that you do not have to undergo the risks associated with surgery, they are not without their own side effects and potential complications.

The common immediate side effects include swelling, bruising, discomfort or pain, as well as unsatisfactory aesthetic results. In rarer circumstances, it’s possible to have lumps, bumps, or infection following threads or dermal fillers days or months later.

For threads, a feeling of pulling or tightness is common, and in more rare circumstances it’s possible for the threads to cause issues such as nerve damage or chronic pain. For dermal fillers, the most dangerous (but rare) complication is obstruction of blood flow in the vessel (known as a vascular occlusion), which can lead to cell death causing serious trauma to the skin and, in extremely rare circumstances, blindness. These complications can be more long-term or permanent.

Although the risks are low if you are treated by a highly trained and experience medical professional, the nose is considered a higher-risk area compared to many other regions of the face. This is because the nose has many crucial blood vessels and if these are blocked by an external object, it can cause blindness. In fact, a recent study looking at global visual loss following dermal fillers found 56.3% of cases took place in the nasal region. 

Alongside this, know that the non-surgical aesthetic industry is unregulated. Although threads must be done by a medical professional in a clinic that is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), virtually anyone can legally inject dermal fillers. 

To ensure your safety, and successful results, and to correctly manage any complications following treatment, at Beauty Uncovered, we only endorse medical professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists) to carry out dermal filler and threadlifting procedures. They should be adequately trained, have valid insurance and be registered and regulated by the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council

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