Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures in the world, but many people balk at the high cost and invasiveness of the procedure. Luckily, there is an alternative in the form of injectable nose fillers. This non-surgical option provides a safe, simple, and fast way to improve the appearance of your nose for a fraction of the cost.

What Are Nose Fillers?

Fillers are any substance that can be injected into soft tissue to improve the appearance or function of your nose. Fillers come in both temporary and permanent varieties, depending on the patient’s unique needs and desires. Nose fillers can be used to correct a number of aesthetic issues, such as a small or bumpy nose bridge, a drooping nose tip, or a crooked nose. Because it is an augmenting procedure, fillers cannot be used to make a nose smaller; however, in many cases, making a nose straighter and more proportional also makes it appear smaller.

What Are the Benefits of Fillers?

Fillers have a long list of associated benefits stemming from the speed, simplicity, and relative cost of the procedure. Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, filler injections require no surgery, and are often performed in less than an hour. Because they are not invasive, most patients will experience only temporary redness and tenderness at the injection site, allowing them to get back to their busy lives without a long recovery period. The effects of an injection are noticeable right away, and leave patients feeling happy and confident about their new appearance.

How Is the Procedure Done?

Getting a nose filler is a relatively simple process. First, a topical or local anesthetic will be applied to the nose. Using a sterile syringe with a small, thin needle, the filler will then be injected. In most cases, only a single injection is necessary, though more may be used if a more extreme change in appearance is desired. Finally, the filler is massaged into the skin, allowing it to be molded to fit the shape of the nose. The entire procedure generally lasts for 45 minutes to an hour, and afterward the patient will be able to resume normal activity right away.

While nose reductions or significant reshaping still requires a nose job or rhinoplasty, injectable nose fillers are a safe and excellent alternative for anyone who is looking for a way to make their nose look straighter, more balanced, or more aesthetically pleasing without the need for expensive invasive surgery.