Commonly called a nose job, rhinoplasty has long been and continues to be a super popular surgery. Our patients love it because it can correct not just form but function too. A nose that allows you to breathe more easily and looks more like what you’ve always had in mind? It’s a win-win for a lot of people.
It used to be the case that, if you wanted to change something about your nose, your options were basically to either have rhinoplasty surgery or learn to live with that feeling. And surgery isn’t always right for everyone; underlying medical conditions, the ability to take time off for the operation and recovery, or simply not feeling ready to undergo a surgical procedure are some of the reasons it’s just not a good fit for some.
But thankfully, the medical aesthetics industry has done a ton of catching up over the past couple of decades. Thanks to advances in research and technology, doctors have been able to perfect the art of performing rhinoplasty non-surgically with the help of soft tissue fillers.
A nose job on your lunch break? That’s right! It’s pretty exciting, and for good candidates, the results of non-surgical rhinoplasty can be amazing. However, there are some significant differences between these two approaches, so here’s what you need to know if this is something you’re looking into right now.
Which concerns do you want to correct with a nose job?
This is probably the key deciding factor between which option is best for you. While surgical rhinoplasty is highly adaptable (it helps when your surgeon is a leading rhinoplasty expert in Canada) and can address almost anything you want to change, the scope of what non-surgical rhinoplasty can achieve is narrower.
Take a look at this list of common issues our rhinoplasty patients are looking to change:
Bulbous or large nasal tip
Wide nose or splayed nostrils
Large nose that is out of proportion with other facial features
Dorsal hump or significant bump
Downturned or overprojected nasal tip
If any of these characteristics are on your own personal list, then it’s highly likely that surgical rhinoplasty is the way to achieve your goals. Because so many of these changes require minimizing volume or adjusting the overall structure of the nose, a surgical approach is an absolute necessity—dermal fillers simply do not have the capacity to make that kind of difference.
The good news is that an operation allows your surgeon to make more dramatic but natural-looking changes that will last the rest of your life. It’s the more powerful of the two options, and while your surgeon can subtract and restructure, they can also add to the shape of the nose as desired.
Now take a look at this list of other common wishes for rhinoplasty patients:
Camouflage small bumps or defects
Minimize the appearance of a slight dorsal hump
Make a slightly crooked nose appear more symmetrical
Raise a flat bridge
Subtly raise a drooping tip
Add more volume to any other areas of the nose
While these goals can be achieved surgically, they can also potentially be treated with a non-surgical nose job. Some of the major upsides to going the non-surgical route are that the treatment takes under an hour and requires no downtime. Discomfort is pretty minimal, especially compared to surgery, and your doctor can slowly build or tweak your result. Since we use hyaluronic acid-based fillers, we can also dissolve them with hyaluronidase.
Results for a non-surgical rhinoplasty have been shown to last up to 16 months, so if you love your new look, you will need to schedule maintenance treatments in order to keep it up.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Nose Job Cost
Another big difference between these two rhinoplasty approaches is the price tag. While surgery is significantly more expensive, it’s a one-time cost for a permanent result. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, our fee for rhinoplasty surgery starts at $9,900. This covers all of your medical costs including anesthesia, specialized surgical equipment and tools, operating fees, nursing costs, and more.
The fee also covers your pre-operative and post-operative care with us—we like to see you regularly to make sure everything is healing according to plan. In addition to those follow up appointments, we are on call 24 hours a day if you have any questions or concerns.
The cost of a non-surgical nose job varies a little more, since every patient is different and the amount of filler required to achieve the result you’re looking for can affect the overall price. Typically you can expect the starting cost to be $1,500 and it’s important to keep in mind that you will have recurring costs for maintenance injections to preserve your result.
For both of these options, your consultation is always free. An in-person consultation with one of our surgeons will allow you to get a good sense of what these options can achieve for you, and after carefully examining your nose, your surgeon will be able to give you a firm quote at the end of your consult.
How to Find the Best Nose Job Clinic
The nose may be small, but it is structurally complex. Whether you’re interested in a surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty, you should only place your nose in the hands of a board certified expert who has a lot of experience and an amazing track record (and while rhinoplasty is a technically demanding operation to perform, revision rhinoplasty to correct the results of a nose job is even more difficult).
This is really important for a surgical nose job because your surgeon has to balance form and function with every decision they make. It takes true expertise to be able to make the aesthetic changes you want while ensuring the proper function of the nose. Basically, it’s a major overlap between art and science.
Expertise is also crucial for non-surgical rhinoplasty, because there is a risk of complication when fillers are injected into the nose specifically. Improper injections run the risk of blocking blood flow, which can lead to potentially dangerous side effects including tissue death. It’s just not worth risking it with an unqualified injector, so make sure you find a skilled and experienced doctor you can trust to deliver a beautiful result safely.