The idea of a nose job can feel invasive and just imagining the procedure can already seem painful.


But, what if there’s an alternative, non-invasive option that can help you achieve a more defined nose in under 15 minutes? Until recently, there has been an increasing interest in non-surgical nose augmentations that are used to improve the appearance of the nose and correct dents and bumps through the injection of dermal fillers.


Rising demand in dermal fillers for nose augmentation in Singapore has prompted a reminder about the associated risks and other considerations you should discuss with your doctor during a consultation.


In this article, find out more about nose fillers—from how it works, who qualifies as a candidate, and the potential risks involved.



How do nose fillers work?


Along with nose thread lifts, nose fillers are a non-surgical nose augmentation procedure that involves injecting fillers into the nose to accomplish many of the things a surgery can: alter its shape, nostrils, and/or bridge height hence, restoring harmony to the face. The procedure can take about 15-20 minutes to complete.



What is used in nose fillers?


Nose fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are formulated with hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance that is used to add volume in the skin. Most aesthetic clinics in Singapore favour them because the effects of hyaluronic acid are reversible through the injection of an enzyme known as hyaluronidase.



How is it different from a traditional rhinoplasty?


Being non-surgical, nose fillers mean less risk, less to no downtime, minimal side effects, and yet with equally satisfying results. You would think this ‘lunch break’ treatment is too good to be true but the before-and-after results that you would see online will tell you otherwise. These results are immediate and can last from 6 months up to a year or more.



Who is qualified to get nose fillers?


Nose fillers are regarded as effective at treating some common aesthetic concerns like small bumps in the nose, a hooked tip, or a bridgeless nose. However, this procedure can only go so far as it’s not recommended for patients looking to shorten their nose, remove volume, or achieve permanent results.



What are the potential risks and side effects?


As mentioned above, the key selling point of non-surgical nose jobs is that side effects are minimal and temporary. Moreover, risks are significantly reduced compared to the complications usually associated with its invasive counterpart. However, this doesn’t mean the procedure is completely risk-free. Below are some of the complications that may occur following a nose job.

  • Redness, tenderness, bruising, and swelling
  • Damage to the nasal skin
  • Unsatisfactory outcome
  • Infection

These risks are often due to the procedure being performed by a doctor who is lacking in training and experience. Therefore, you must consult only with a licensed and experienced dermatologist.



How long do the results last?


The results of a non-surgical nose job are temporary, lasting for about 6 months to a year or more. While such impermanence can be seen as a disadvantage, there are also some benefits to it. For instance, anyone who is considering a surgery might want to try nose fillers first to give them an idea of what they might look like before going under the knife.


If you’re considering any type of cosmetic procedure, be it a surgical or non-surgical nose job, you should always, always consult with a board-certified doctor who can address your concerns and give you advice on which route to take.


It also pays to do your research about the doctor, the procedure, as well as the potential risks involved, in order to manage your expectations and get a better sense of how it works.


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Dr Zhang YiJun