Am I A Good Candidate For A Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a non-surgical rhinoplasty. I am a 32 year-old female who does not like her nose. My nose has a dent and a crack in it. It has always been there as long as I can remember but as I get older it seems to be getting worse. I am scared to get a surgical nose job because if I don’t like it I will be stuck with it. I know an injectable rhinoplasty is not permanent but it is less scary to me.

A: A non-surgical rhinoplasty, also called an injectable rhinoplasty, is a quick and fairly simple procedure that can be done in about 15 minutes. The only type of nose problem that is amenable to injection are those that can be ‘cured’ by the addition of volume. These include a deep radix, a nasal hump, indentations, depressions and some minor drooping tips. While almost any of the current injectable fillers can be used, it is safest to use a hyaluronic-based filler (e.g., Restylane, Juvederm) as it has good linear flow properties through a 30 gauge needle. There usually is little to no bruising and minimal swelling afterwards. The duration of the nasal correction will last as long as the type of injectable filler used, most commonly six to nine months.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana