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The difference between nose filler and rhinoplasty surgery

Nose filler and rhinoplasty surgery have the ability to boost confidence and improve symmetry in patients’ facial structures. 

But they’re two very different procedures, and it’s important that patients understand how each surgery is performed and what the results are. Here’s the difference between a non-surgical nose job and a nose job

July 18th, 2023 |Ask an Expert

What is nose filler?

Nose filler (also known as a non-surgical nose job) is a temporary way of smoothing out bumps in the nose. 

Dermal fillers are injected into the nose and can:  

  • Enhance the nose tip 

  • Reduce the appearance of bumps on the nose

  • Adjust the volume of the nose to make it more proportionate to the patient’s facial features

Nose filler is used to tweak the nose rather than change the shape. It cannot make your nose smaller or remove lumps and bumps along the bridge.

Depending on the desired outcome of the patient, a non-surgical nose job usually takes around 45 minutes to complete. 

How much does nose filler cost?

The cost of nose filler in the UK depends on who the practitioner is and what provider you go to. However, on average, a non-surgical nose job starts at around £250 upwards. 

Nose filler lasts around 12-18 months and will need to be topped up in order to maintain the results. 

Nose filler recovery 

After a non-surgical nose job, patients are likely to feel sensitivity and experience swelling and bruising, but this usually only lasts a day or two.

It is important to ensure you visit an approved practitioner for any non-surgical treatment. There is a risk of the nose filler migrating to other areas of the face if the procedure isn’t performed by a professional or the wrong needles are used. 

Are non-surgical nose jobs safe?

All procedures come with their risks, and a non-surgical nose job is a complicated and technical procedure to carry out - especially since the nose is filled with blood vessels and close to the eyes. As we’ve mentioned, there is a risk of migration when it comes to derma filler. 

However, patients also run the risk of having: 

  • Fever

  • Blurred vision

  • Redness and extreme swelling

  • Vascular complications 

  • Vision loss

Obviously, it’s an extremely popular procedure to undergo, with these risks only appearing in extreme cases and when performed by someone who is not a licenced professional. 

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a nose job. It is a cosmetic surgery procedure that refines the nose by reshaping the bone, tissue and cartilage, or grafts or implants can be inserted to improve the structure. 

Rhinoplasty surgery is a permanent solution for patients looking to enhance the appearance of their nose, the procedure enables further alterations to be made to the shape and structure of the nose that filler can't achieve.

A nose job can: 

  • Reduce the size of the nose 

  • Narrow the nose bridge

  • Reduce and straighten out bumps 

  • Reduce the size of the nostrils 

  • Change the angle or distance from the nose to the top lip

  • Lift the tip

  • Improve breathing difficulties and sleep apnea

All of these physical changes can balance out facial features and limit the need for contouring to disguise the shape of the nose. This greatly improves confidence, with many of our past patients reporting how much more secure they feel in their daily life -  positively affecting their social, professional and romantic relationships. 

Patients must wait 6 months - 1 year following nose filler being dissolved before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery.  

How much does a nose job cost?

Here at MYA, a nose job costs from £6,995 upwards. Our costs are tailored to individual requirements, a fixed cost can only be given to patients at their consultation with one of our surgeons. 

Aftercare appointments and wound care at your local MYA clinical hub are included in the overall price. 

Rhinoplasty aftercare

The initial recovery period for a nose job is 6 weeks, with any bruising and swelling subsiding within the first 7-14 days. It’s important to note that everyone heals differently and it can take up to one year to see the final result. 

Patients can return to work after 7-10 days but are encouraged to take it easy when it comes to exercise and start off with low-impact workouts until advised by their surgeon. 

In terms of scaring, the location will depend on the type of rhinoplasty you undergo. Closed rhinoplasty scars are completely hidden inside your nose, while open rhinoplasty scars will be hidden on the base of your nose between your nostrils. 

Post-op appointments are vital for you to attend post-surgery. After a nose job, you’ll be invited to meet with a MYA nurse who will deliver wound care and remove your cast (nasal splint). You’ll then be discharged and signed off by your surgeon. 

Which one is right for you?

Before you decide between a nose job and nose filler, you need to think about what you’d like to achieve by undergoing the procedure. 

Do you want a quick recovery, but only benefit from semi-permanent results?

Or do you need a permanent solution to lumps and bumps along the nose?

Nose filler is a much quicker process, but has limitations to what it can achieve. If you only require minor alterations and don’t mind getting the filler topped up, a non-surgical nose job may be for you. 

However, if you have genetic bumps, large nostrils you’d like to reduce, a wide nasal bone you’d like to be slimmer, or lumps that appeared after an injury, a nose job is the cosmetic surgery procedure for you. 

Book rhinoplasty surgery with MYA today 

If you’re interested in having a nose job and would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact us at MYA today. 

You can book a FREE rhinoplasty eConsult to speak to a member of our team from the comfort of your own home. 

Make sure to check out the MYA Forum and read our patient stories to learn about the experiences they’ve had with rhinoplasty surgery

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