Recovery Time for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

For people who decide they don’t want to go through surgical rhinoplasty (nose job), there are temporary fillers that we can use such  as: Restylane®, Perlane® and Radiesse® to camouflage bumps, or create a better bridge in a flat, narrow, or scooped nose. These fillers may be effective for about 1 year without any downtime.


The downside of using injectable fillers is the increased complication rates (loss of tissue in the areas injected, infection, scarring, to name just a few), especially if used by non-surgeons and others who only dabble in the cosmetic field.

Generally, the procedure is fairly simple. In most cases, injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or calcium hydroxyapatite are used to alter the shape of your nose by filling in depressed areas, adjusting the angle of the tip or smoothing out bumps on the bridge of the nose. While non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot reduce the size of your nose, it is often very effective in correcting some breathing difficulties and augmenting some aesthetic issues to improve one’s appearance. In some cases, non-surgical rhinoplasty can even correct some mild birth defects.

Because it is not a surgical procedure, swelling and bruising are minimal and recovery time is usually very short as is the procedure itself. Typically, the results are immediately apparent. There is very little downtime, and you do not have to be in an electric hospital bed to wait for  your recovery.

Candidates for a non-surgical nose job are:

  • You are unhappy with the size and/or shape of your nose.
  • You are over the age of fifteen.
  • You have good physical and emotional health.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a realistic alternative to traditional rhinoplasty and produces real results. However, it is not the solution for any and all cosmetic issues associated with the nose. For major reconstructive work or for longer lasting results, surgery may still be the best solution. Nonetheless, it’s important to consult with a cosmetic surgeon to find out if non-surgical rhinoplasty may be an option for you.