If you're not happy with your nose, but dread plastic surgery (or how much it costs), you can try a less traumatic and cheaper alternative: a nose job without going under the knife or, as it's formally known, non-surgical nose reshaping. Here's everything you should know about non-surgical nose reshaping.
How Nose Job Without Surgery Works
Non-surgical nose reshaping relies on injecting a cosmetic filler into key areas around the nose. Cosmetic fillers are, basically, a combination of hyaluronic acid and water. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance found naturally in the body's connective tissue. When a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid is injected beneath the skin, it is gradually assimilated into the body's own tissue, giving a well-defined shape to specific areas. The procedure may be repeated a number of times until the desired shape is reached.
Arguments in Favor of Nose Job Without the Knife
1. Quick and Painless
Non-surgical nose reshaping is much quicker and less traumatic than a surgical nose job (rhinoplasty). Anaesthetic gel is applied to the nose 15 to 20 minutes before the procedure. The injections take only a minute or so to complete. There is minimal or no bruising. There is no prolonged recovery period. Around an hour after the procedure you should start experiencing normal sensation return to the nose area.
With each procedure costing about $450, a no knife nose job is far cheaper than a surgical procedure, whose costs amount to a minimum of $5000.
3. Subtle Changes
This new procedure is more effective if you're aiming for subtle changes, which make a world of difference. It can be used to uplift the tip of the nose or to even out tiny asymmetries, to straighten out hook-shaped noses or enhance the contour of a flat nose. These subtle alterations can considerably boost one's self-confidence.
Case Against Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping
However, not everyone in the medical community is enthusiastic about non-surgical nose reshaping. Some plastic surgeons warn that the procedure is still in the trial stage, so there are as yet no guarantees about its safety. Nigel Mercer, chairman of the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, points to the fact that cosmetic fillers are not subject to rigorous clinical trials and, since they have not been thoroughly tested, it is too early to anticipate long-term reactions to them.