Let’s face it — your nose can make or break your look. This facial feature is not only front-and-center on your face but also can significantly affect the balance and harmony of your entire facial appearance, changing how people perceive you. Even small problems with your nose can cause outsize feelings of self-consciousness and embarrassment, which is normal, but which can also be avoided. In some cases, you may be the only person aware of these problems or discrepancies, but this may not make the look of your nose any less of a daily problem for you.

You might have probably already considered surgical rhinoplasty and are well aware of both the benefits and drawbacks of this particular solution. While surgery can be the best option for many people, because it can give them permanent and high-quality results, it comes with a few disadvantages that others will want to avoid. For example, rhinoplasty comes with some minute but real risks, as do all surgeries. Also, you will have to make time for your recovery and wait for up to a year before you can enjoy your final results.

However, non-surgical rhinoplasty can give you many of the benefits of traditional rhinoplasty with substantially fewer downsides. In fact, for just these reasons, non-surgical rhinoplasty has become a popular alternative for enhancing the lines and shape of the nose — without anesthesia or incisions. For the right patient, this procedure can produce positive improvements with long-lasting results, all in just a few minutes of treatment time. The key to enjoying all these benefits is ensuring that you are a good candidate for the procedure.

As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in surgical rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, while also being an industry expert and thought leader in injectables, Dr. Maas is San Francisco’s top choice for non-surgical rhinoplasty. He combines deep technical know-how with an eye for beauty and symmetry to sculpt a nose that meshes well with the rest of your features.

What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?

During non-surgical rhinoplasty, Dr. Maas will use one or a combination of a variety of dermal fillers to achieve your desired results. Fillers are injected into the nose at strategic locations to add the fullness that patients desire as well as to correct any asymmetries.

Because Dr. Maas uses a wide range of dermal fillers in his practice and also has extensive familiarity with the benefits of each injectable, the doctor is ideally qualified to tailor the procedure to each patient.

For example, for some patients, a single formulation may be used, while for others, a combination of fillers may better deliver the precise results the patient expects. Dr. Maas treats each procedure as a unique and fresh opportunity to provide his clients with outstanding and personalized results.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can provide subtle yet satisfying results for a wide variety of patients, including younger patients, such as teens and young adults, and older patients, who might not qualify for or for whom a surgery would be too inconvenient. If you want to see how a “tweakment” might change the look of your nose before committing to surgery, a non-surgical rhinoplasty could also be a great first step. Also, prospective patients who are not seeking a radical transformation of their nose are often ideal candidates for non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is an extremely versatile treatment that offers patients a wide variety of ways to augment their nose and create an attractive appearance that is lasting, if not permanent. You can expect several advantages if you select this approach, which include:

  • A quick and effective procedure
  • Lower risks since anesthesia is often not needed
  • A relatively comfortable procedure in comparison to surgery
  • No downtime
  • Results which appear quickly, especially when compared to surgery
  • Improvements which can last for 12 to 18 months and which are easily sustainable

What are the limits of the procedure?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not right for everyone, and many patients will still derive the most benefit from having a traditional rhinoplasty procedure. However, candidates well suited to non-surgical rhinoplasty can enjoy tremendous benefits with minimal discomfort, inconvenience and downtime.

It’s important to understand what the procedure can achieve and what it cannot to get the most from your non-surgical rhinoplasty. Since the treatment primarily relies upon fillers to achieve its results, it is ideal for patients who wish to improve their nose appearance through skillfully added volume.

If your goal is to achieve modest improvements to your nose or enjoy greater convenience, you may be a good candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty. However, if you are seeking more dramatic changes to your nose, want a reduction in volume in areas of your nose, desire permanent results and are comfortable with having surgery, then a traditional rhinoplasty may better serve your needs.

Specifically, non-surgical rhinoplasty tends to work best on patients with a saddle depression or slight concave in the bridge of the nose. It can also be used on patients with a weak nasal bridge, to strengthen the profile of the nose and add fullness to that middle area. This is particularly beneficial for some of our Asian patients that tend to be more prone to a weak bridge. In some cases, we can also use non-surgical rhinoplasty to enhance the definition of the nasal tip.

Also, patients that have had surgical rhinoplasty in the past may find they are left with subtle asymmetries that keep them from enjoying their results to the fullest. Dr. Maas can also offer non-surgical rhinoplasty to many of these patients, providing correction to their original procedure without having to undergo another surgery.

How Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Works

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be performed in Dr. Maas’s clinic without anesthesia, making it an extremely safe and convenient treatment for most individuals.

Injections of dermal fillers are done with a very fine needle that involves minimal discomfort for the patient and can also be accomplished very quickly. Most filler formulations also come formulated with lidocaine, making the treatment a pain-free one. Topical numbing cream is also available for patients who are particularly concerned about their comfort level during treatment. During your consultation, please let us know if you have any anxiety at all around needles, so we can offer additional options to ensure your treatment experience is a pleasant one from start to end.

After you are comfortable and your treatment areas have been clearly established, Dr. Maas will carefully inject fillers where necessary to create a smooth, natural shape and contour to the nose. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete, unless numbing cream is applied, in which case the time is extended to allow for the cream to take effect. Patients are usually able to return to their regular activities immediately following the procedure, which is one of the primary benefits of the treatment.

Your Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Options

There are many dermal fillers on the market today which give Dr. Maas the ability to customize your treatment expressly to your needs. It is the versatility of non-surgical rhinoplasty that makes it such a desirable treatment. The doctor will select fillers based on their unique properties to deliver the look you want as accurately as possible, ensuring satisfying long-term results. Dermal fillers also offer stable, predictable outcomes with a high level of safety.

Your injectables will be selected based on how well they will produce your desired look. Therefore, your treatment may include one or more of the following fillers:


Juvederm is an effective hyaluronic-acid based filler that can instantly restore volume to treated areas and also provide lasting, natural rejuvenation to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Juvederm boosts your body’s natural collagen and elastin production, improving both skin tone and hydration as well as adding volume. The filler provides between 12 and 18 months of rejuvenation, is safe and is a popular choice in injectables.


Restylane is an ideal treatment for the skin of the nose (which is very thin in comparison to surrounding tissues) because it is an extremely smooth filler. The injectable also offers patients lasting results, of up to a year, before a touch-up is required. Restylane also frequently costs less than other options, adding to its benefits.


Radiesse, unlike other fillers, uses Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres which are suspended in a gel formulation to improve volume and stimulate collagen and elastin production. The body eventually absorbs the CaHA microspheres but patients enjoy up to a year or more of attractive results before needing follow-ups.

What can I expect during my non-surgical rhinoplasty recovery?

You can expect to have some minor bruising or swelling after non-surgical rhinoplasty, particularly around the injection points. Bruising is usually mild enough to be concealed with makeup and will only last for a few days. Patients are able to see results of their treatment immediately following the procedure, and their look will continually improve as the nose fully heals. Those results will likely last for many months before any type of touch-up procedure is necessary. For exquisite non-surgical rhinoplasty results, schedule your consultation with Dr. Maas today! Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers excellent results in nose enhancement without incisions or downtime, and if you live in San Francisco or adjacent cities, Corey S. Maas MDTM and his staff at The Maas ClinicTM are conveniently located and ready to help you get outstanding, personalized results now.

At The Maas clinic, you will be welcomed, told explicitly what a treatment can and can’t do and will leave with all your questions answered. If other treatment will benefit you more, you will be given those options to consider. In almost all cases, improvements are possible and Dr. Maas can assist in bringing your vision to light.

Begin by scheduling your exclusive, in-person appointment with Dr. Maas today. You can reach the practice by calling (415) 567-7000 or contacting us through our convenient online form. Dr. Maas looks forward to putting his experience and commitment to work to create a look you’ll love. We hope to see you soon!

The information about rhinoplasty was reviewed by Corey S. Maas MDTM. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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