What Is A Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Q: Does Dr. Eppley perform non-surgical rhinoplasty? If so, how many has he done and what does it cost?

A:  I have performed non-surgical rhinoplasty, otherwise known as using an injectable rhinoplasty. It is about using an injectable filler most commonly in the upper part of the nose (radix) to treat (hide) a hump. I have done that office procedure numerous times. It is only good to fill the bridge area above a hump to make it smooth. In a few other cases, I have used injectable fillers for small areas of fill-in for dents and asymmetries in other parts of the nose. But you can’t do a complete rhinoplasty or even a partial rhinoplasty in a non-surgical fashion. So the concept of an injectable rhinoplasty is for filling in small defects in the nose. It is also important to realize that these effect are temporary (one year or less) and not permanent.

 I would have to see pictures of your nose to determine if this procedure is for you. If so, the usual injectable filler used is Radiesse because it lasts the longest although other fillers can be used.  (e.g., Juvederm)The cost of the procedure is based on how much filler is used and what type. It could range anywhere from $350 to $850 depending on those factors.

Another form of injectable rhinoplasty is that using diced cartilage. While it does require a septal graft harvest, the cartilage is diced and injected through small syringes from an incision inside the nose. This injectable rhinoplasty procedure does require an anesthetic to perform and so it is better called a minimally-invasive rhinoplasty.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana