The Truth About Nonsurgical Nose Jobs

The Truth About Nonsurgical Nose Jobs

For many facial plastic surgeons, requests for nonsurgical rhinoplasty are on the rise throughout Chicago and the country. Although the idea of a nose job without surgery is appealing, this approach has several significant drawbacks.

What is a nonsurgical nose job?

First, let’s put parameters on a nonsurgical nose job, sometimes called the “5-minute nose job.” This is a rather broad phrase that can be used to describe any nonsurgical option for improving the appearance of the nose. For our purposes, we’ll limit the discussion to the use of injectable hyaluronic acid fillers, the most common form of nonsurgical nose job. Most people have at least a passing familiarity of injectable fillers. Products such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® both use smooth gel formulations of hyaluronic acid to fill in wrinkles and add volume to areas such as the cheeks and temples.

Is a nonsurgical nose job worth it?

Men and women who want to reshape their nose often ask this question. For many patients, though, the answer comes down to whether a 5-minute nose job can really rival the results of a surgical nose job. There are several issues to consider when comparing the benefits of each procedure.


One of the primary differences between surgical and nonsurgical rhinoplasty procedures is, naturally, cost. Although surgical rhinoplasty is more expensive than a 5-minute nose job at face value, rhinoplasty results can last for years—potentially even indefinitely—while nonsurgical results must be touched up nearly annually. The cost of repeated treatments can add up, eventually catching up to—and exceeding—the cost of a traditional rhinoplasty.

Recovery Time

Another critical difference is recuperation time. While there is little, if any, downtime associated with nonsurgical rhinoplasty, my traditional rhinoplasty patients also enjoy an abbreviated recuperation period and minimal bruising thanks to my refined surgical techniques. Very often, patients who undergo rhinoplasty at my practice are back to work or school within 7 to 10 days, with no visible dressing, splints, or bruising remaining. Learn more about rhinoplasty recovery in a related blog post.

Provider Expertise

If you’ve been researching rhinoplasty for any amount of time, you doubtless understand the importance of an experienced, preferably board-certified, plastic surgeon. These types of professionals have undergone extensive education and training in aesthetic medicine and facial reshaping and successfully proven their skills through a rigorous series of exams and real-world practice. However, while only a licensed physician can perform surgery, nearly any type of medical professional can administer injectables. This reduces your chance of achieving an attractive, natural-looking result, as these professionals don’t possess nearly as much anatomical knowledge as a plastic surgeon does.

What can a nonsurgical nose job fix? When can’t it be used?

The nonsurgical nose job has plenty of limitations. Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, which can be performed to address a number of aesthetic issues, the nonsurgical version can only add volume. This means that it’s not a good option for treating many common complaints that can be addressed through rhinoplasty, including reducing a wide nasal bridge, boxy tip, or difficulty breathing.

Why does expertise matter?

So why choose my practice for your own nasal transformation? As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve performed more than 2,000 rhinoplasty procedures throughout my career, providing me with a wealth of practical experience on a wide variety of patients. Throughout the years, I’ve come to learn that a natural, complementary appearance is of utmost importance to these patients, and I’ve refined my techniques to answer their call. Please browse my patients’ before-and-after photos and Dr. Sinno’s patients’ before-and-after photos to visualize the types of results that are possible.

If you’re ready to explore your nose job options in the Chicago area, use our online form to request a consultation or call our office at (312) 788-2560.

Leave a Reply

Fields marked with * are required.