15-Minute Nose Job… Or Rhinoplasty?

15-Minute Nose Job… Or Rhinoplasty?
15-Minute Nose Job… Or Rhinoplasty?

Article Highlights

  • Gives you a more defined nose, resolve a drooping nasal tip and get rid of bumps without surgery, pain and downtime
  • The bridge can be perfectly straight and the bump can be camouflaged
  • They are not permanent, lasting from 10 months to two years, depending on the filler

Almost every woman has heard of injectable fillers at some point of time. Many of us, though, are still unaware that this substance, which is mainly used for minimizing wrinkles and adding volume, can also help you have the nose you’ve dreamed about – without going under the knife and being “down” for a couple of weeks.

According to Dr. Alexander Rivkin of Westside Aesthetics in Los Angeles, California, as little as 15 minutes may be required to give you a more defined nose, resolve a drooping nasal tip and get rid of bumps without surgery, pain and downtime.

“That’s the point,” Dr. Rivkin noted. “You can get a flawless result with this procedure: the bridge can be perfectly straight and the bump can be camouflaged.”


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The 15-minute nose job works the same way as injecting fillers to other facial areas for cosmetic purposes. For this procedure, fillers with a dense consistency are used to secure the best results. Many of these fillers already include lidocaine, which minimizes possible soreness from the injections. Prior to the treatment, a numbing cream can also be used to control any possible discomfort. Right before the injection, Dr. Rivkin also applies ice to the treated area, which decreases the risk of bleeding and pain.

“The results are so predictable, because what you see is what you get,” Dr. Rivkin said. “There is no guessing of what results you are going to get, how it’s going to scar and what will happen down the line.”

Though the procedure provides you with prompt results, in most cases, they are not permanent, lasting from 10 months to two years, depending on the filler. There is also a possibility of obtaining long-lasting results with a certain type of filler, which is injected gradually to the nose over five treatments spaced one month apart. Unlike other fillers, which are absorbed by the body, this solution doesn’t dissolve over time.

Dr. Rivkin mentioned that people usually compare the 15-minute nose job to rhinoplasty. He emphasized that the choice of procedure always depends on a patient and their needs: for major changes, a surgery may be needed, while for minor corrections, fillers would probably work better, giving more precise and predictable results.


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“With surgery, there is always a risk whenever you go under anesthesia,” Dr. Rivkin noted. “Surgery is unpredictable.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in addition to a possible reaction to anesthesia, potential complications from rhinoplasty may include infection, rupture of small vessels of the skin, poor wound healing, numbness, nose asymmetry, scarring and persistent pain.

While the 15-minute nose job is considered a non-invasive procedure, the risks should be discussed with your doctor before the treatment.

“For the most part, risks are limited just to bruising and maybe, a little bit of redness,” Dr. Rivkin said. “But there are very rare risks that are more serious.”

According to Dr. Rivkin, like with any injection, there is a risk of compromising the blood flow to the skin and a possibility of blood clots. The risk of developing blood clots with too much material injected underneath the skin increases for those who had surgical rhinoplasty in the past.

“What happens with surgery [rhinoplasty], they changed the blood supply of the skin, so it makes it a little bit more tenuous. If you put filler underneath it, you compromise blood supply.”

Another serious risk associated with the 15-minute nose job is vision loss. Though this complication is extremely rare, Dr. Rivkin emphasized that this procedure should be exclusively performed by a highly trained and experienced specialist – one who recognizes the risks and knows how to handle emergencies if any occur.

Dr. Rivkin recommends that his patients avoid wearing sunglasses for the first week after the treatment in order to not put pressure on the injected areas. Also, patients are advised not to drink alcohol excessively and not to exercise intensely, as this dilates blood vessels, which increases the possibility of bruising.

In most cases, there is no downtime associated with the 15-minute nose job. Minor bruising and swelling that may appear usually goes away shortly after the procedure, and if necessary, can be easily camouflaged with makeup.



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