7th Jul 2024

Surgical Rhinoplasty vs Non Surgical Nose Job

What is the difference?

One of the most prevalent plastic surgical operations is rhinoplasty, also known as a "nose job." However, some are opting for a less intrusive method of reshaping their nose such as a non-surgical nose job.

A liquid rhinoplasty is achieved using dermal fillers, it can smooth out imperfections and shapes the nose. It is a temporary result and takes only a short amount of time with minimal recovery time. Rhinoplasty can be replaced with a liquid rhinoplasty or non-surgical nose reshaping, which is a noninvasive procedure. It is used to treat a dorsal hump (little bump), a drooping nose tip, and asymmetry temporarily.

A surgeon or doctor will inject fillers into a patient's nose to reshape and contour the nose. This is frequently done with hyaluronic acid or dermal filler, which is also used in cheek and lip fillers. Dermal filler has earned a reputation for being a safe, effective, and cost-efficient alternative to surgery.

The surgical operation to straighten a dorsal hump can however result in a better long term solution. 

Pros and cons of surgical rhinoplasty


  • Multiple surgeries can be performed at the same time. Some may find, for example, that they want to have their nose and chin done at the same time.
  • The results are permanent, unlike those of a liquid rhinoplasty.
  • It can be more than a cosmetic operation. Reshaping the nose can also help with respiratory problems and structural alterations.


  • There are higher hazards associated when you are undergoing an operation. Bleeding, infection, a reaction to the general anaesthetic, and even a numb nose are all possibilities.
  • It can be quite expensive but the long term benefits far out wiegh the short term downtime. A rhinoplasty procedure costs around £5000 on average.
  • A liquid rhinoplasty may cost between £450 and £1100. A rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is usually a one-time investment.
  • In addition to a lengthier recovery period, the final effects may take from 4 months to a year to appear when the swelling subsides.
  • If you do not like the results and want a second operation, you will have to wait about a year for your nose to recover completely.

Pros and cons of non-surgical nose job


  • It simply takes about 30 minutes to complete the treatment. This is faster than a rhinoplasty, which can take an experienced plastic surgeon from 1 to 2 hours to complete.
  • The results are instantaneous, and the downtime is low. You can return to work the same day following treatment. If you were not happy with the outcome or a major issue occurs, the surgeon can dissolve the filler with hyaluronidase injections.


  • Because the results are only temporary, if you like your new look, you will need to receive more treatments to continue to look the same.
  • Vascular problems can cause blindness because arteries at the end of the nose are connected to the retina of the eye. In the hands of a highly trained, specialist surgeon, however, these problems are rare.

Who is suitable for a liquid nose job?

Someone with a modest nasal bump or a droopy tip is a good candidate for liquid rhinoplasty. This also means that injections can efficiently address asymmetries along the nose. The success of the procedure is determined by the individual anatomy as well as the degree of correction required. The ideal individual will be able to take recovery steps as well as recognise and treat difficulties.

Who isn't a good fit for a liquid rhinoplasty? Someone who wants a radical change, such as a nose that is badly crooked or damaged. If you are seeking a solution to your breathing problems, non-surgical treatments will not be effective. Only rhinoplasty surgery can accomplish this. Anyone who wears glasses on a regular basis is not suitable for liquid rhinoplasties, as wearing heavy glasses or sunglasses for the first 1 to 2 weeks after the treatment is not advised. If the filler is placed on the bridge of the nose, it may be dislodged if your glasses place pressure on that location.

To find out if you are suitable for a non-surgical nose job or a nose surgery procedure fill in the contact form or call 0204 551 4892 to book a consultation with one of our specialist registered plastic surgeons.