Enhance with Confidence

Even minor problems with your nose can cause feelings of self-consciousness and embarrassment, which is normal but 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 concern for you. You may have already considered surgical rhinoplasty and are well aware of 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 must make time for your recovery and wait up to a year to enjoy your final results. Non-surgical rhinoplasty, or liquid rhinoplasty, can give you many benefits of traditional rhinoplasty with substantially fewer downsides.

In fact, for 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 you are a good candidate for the procedure. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in surgical rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty and 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.

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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 strategically to add the fullness that patients want and correct any asymmetries. Because Dr. Maas uses a wide range of dermal fillers in his practice and is extensively familiar with the benefits of each injectable, the doctor is ideally qualified to tailor the procedure to each patient.

For example, a single formulation may be used for some patients, 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 Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can provide subtle yet satisfying results for many patients, including younger patients, such as teens and young adults, and older patients, who might not qualify for or for whom surgery would be 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 significant first step. Also, prospective patients not seeking a radical nose transformation are often ideal candidates for non-surgical rhinoplasty. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a highly versatile treatment offering a wide variety of ways to augment your nose and create an attractive appearance that is lasting, if not permanent. You can expect several advantages if you select this approach, which includes:

  • A quick and effective procedure.
  • Lower risks since anesthesia is often not needed.
  • It is a relatively comfortable process in comparison to surgery.
  • No downtime.
  • Results appear quickly, especially when compared to surgery.
  • Improvements can last for 12 to 18 months and are easily sustainable.
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What are the Limits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as liquid rhinoplasty, is not suitable 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 essential 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 you aim to achieve modest improvements to your nose or enjoy greater convenience, you may be a good candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty. However, if you seek more dramatic changes to your nose, want a reduction in volume in some 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 nose profile and add fullness to that middle area - this is particularly beneficial for some of our Asian patients who 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 who 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 patients, correcting their original procedure without undergoing another surgery.

Do I Qualify for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

There are several paths to an attractive nose appearance that aligns with your expectations. The ideal route for you will be determined with Dr. Maas during your in-person consultation. When you visit The Maas Clinic™ of San Francisco, Dr. Maas will carefully evaluate your concerns and discuss your desired results. Your consultation will help establish whether non-surgical rhinoplasty will give you the results you are hoping for, or if your look can only be achieved through surgery. Your long-term expectations will also be a factor in your decision.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers long-lasting results, but those results are still temporary. Over time, your body will reabsorb the fillers, and your results will gradually disappear. Candidates for this procedure will need to be willing to commit to a regular treatment schedule to maintain their positive results over the long term. Follow-ups typically occur annually and are quick and convenient; however, some patients will prefer surgery so they can avoid these additional sessions. This choice is highly personal, and there is no right or wrong answer; you decide what best fits your preferences, lifestyle, and goals.

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How Does Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Work?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be performed in Dr. Maas’s San Francisco clinic without anesthesia, making it an extremely safe and convenient treatment for most individuals. Injections of dermal fillers are done with a 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 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 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 the cream to take effect. Patients can usually return to their regular activities immediately following the procedure, which is one of the primary benefits of the treatment.

Your Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Options

Many dermal fillers on the market today give Dr. Maas the ability to customize your liquid rhinoplasty expressly to your needs. The versatility of non-surgical rhinoplasty 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 high safety. Your injectables will be selected based on how well they can 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 provide lasting, natural rejuvenation to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Juvederm boosts your body’s natural collagen and elastin production, improving skin tone and hydration while adding volume. The filler provides between 12 and 18 months of rejuvenation, is safe, and is a popular injectable choice.


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


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

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Recovery

You can expect minor bruising or swelling after non-surgical rhinoplasty, particularly around the injection points. Bruising is usually mild enough to be concealed with makeup and lasts only a few days. Patients can see the results of their treatment immediately following the procedure, and their look will continually improve as the nose fully heals. Those results will likely last many months before any 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. If you live in San Francisco or adjacent cities, Corey S. Maas, MD, and his staff at The Maas Clinic™ are ready to help you get outstanding, personalized results now.

At The Maas Clinic™ in San Francisco, you will be welcomed, told explicitly what a treatment can and can’t do, and will leave with all your questions answered. If other treatments 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. 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! Corey S. Maas, MD, reviewed the information about non-surgical rhinoplasty. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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