For years, the only way to change the appearance of your nose was to undergo a rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, a complex surgical procedure which alters the nose structure. However, aesthetic experts are now using hyaluronic acid (HA) filler to create a ‘liquid nose job’, a non-surgical treatment which can reshape the size and shape of the nose.
“While using an HA filler treatment can’t make a larger nose smaller in size, straightening it makes it appear smaller as it blends better with the rest of the face”, explains leading facial aesthetics practitioner Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann.
“In the hands of a trained clinician this non-surgical option can also be used to upturn a hooked nose, smooth out nasal deformities and correct asymmetries, depressions and contour irregularities, whether these are as a result of genetics or injury. Perfectha is my filler of choice due to the predictable nature of the product. Treatment takes around 15 minutes, and the results are instant.”
Zoe Peters, 27, had always felt self-conscious about the appearance of her nose. Dr Rowland-Warmann suggested filler would give her the result she was after without resorting to surgery.
Zoe says: “I was sceptical that adding filler to my nose would work. My main concern was the apparent size of my nose and I couldn’t quite believe that adding filler could make it look smaller. I had a big holiday planned with my boyfriend and friends, and was keen to relax and enjoy myself. I didn’t want to worry about posing at the right angle for pictures. This was the catalyst that made me decide to have treatment.”
Advanced hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are being successfully used to perform non-surgical rhinoplasties (nose corrections). Firstly, an operation with a general anaesthetic is not required and the procedure can be carried out in less than half an hour with minimal disruption to a person’s daily schedule. Bruising is minimal and temporary redness and tenderness are the only downsides of the procedure. Results typically last up to eighteen months. This is because hyaluronic acid filler is safely absorbed by the body over time. It also allows the doctor to fine tune the results, or even reverse them if the patient is not happy with the initial result.
The results of Zoe’s ‘liquid nose job’ surprised Zoe’s loved ones as much as her: “When my boyfriend, family and friends saw me after my non-surgical rhinoplasty they were all taken aback by the difference it made. I still looked like me; the result was natural looking, but my nose had subtly changed my face and enhanced my appearance. No one could quite put their finger on what I’d had done and they were really shocked that a non-surgical treatment with a filler could achieve such a transformation.”
“I used to feel like my nose was my most prominent feature but I definitely don’t feel like that now. I still can’t quite get my head around how adding filler has made my large nose look smaller.”
“My holiday was amazing, and I was able to completely relax and not feel anxious about having my photograph taken for the first time.”
Meet our Expert
Dr MJ Rowland Warmann is a dentist and aesthetician Dr MJ is the founder of Smileworks, Liverpool. She been recognised by the organisation Save Face as an MSc qualified aesthetician.