160912AsktheExpertNoseJob

I want to change the look of my nose. Is a non-surgical nose job right for me?

Q: What is a non-surgical nose job?

A: A non-surgical nose job is performed through a dermal filler, such as Juvederm, that is injected into the nose to help camouflage any bumps or unevenness. The price is based on the exact product to be used, but it is generally $650 to $750 per syringe. The number of syringes needed is based on how much correction is needed. Usually, one syringe will be injected during the first appointment. The patient will come in for a follow up in two weeks and if more product is needed (to satisfy the expectations of the patient), another syringe can be injected.

A topical numbing cream is applied to the skin before the injection. Some discomfort is expected during the injection, however there is numbing in the product as well. Some swelling will occur for about a week and bruising may also arise.

Non-surgical options are becoming more popular as it is hard for patients to take time off from work or school for the recovery. It should be noted that a non-surgical nose job does not actually make the nose appear smaller, but rather it camouflages a hump or unevenness on the bridge, or lifts the tip. If a patient want to make his or her nose smaller, surgery would be the best option.

- Lori Pollock, BScN, RN

Lori Pollock is the Dermal Filler & Botox Specialist for Toronto Cosmetic Clinic and has been injecting for over 15 years.

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