Cosmetic surgery is no longer a taboo subject. Hundreds of thousands of people every year undergo breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. However, surgical procedures can be painful, expensive, and have high risks. In addition, cosmetic surgery is permanent, which can prove unfavorable if the outcome is not what the patient desired. What if there was a way to reap the rewards of a nose job without having a surgery? Well, now there is. Non-surgical nose jobs have become a popular way of reshaping the nose without the emotional and financial expense of surgery.

What is Radiesse and How Does it Work?

Radiesse is an injectable filler made from calcium hydroxyapatite—a compound found in our bones and cartilage. This compound, after a bioengineering process which makes it safe and effective as an FDA-approved cosmetic, is then injected into the area of need. In this instance, the bridge of the nose.

Once inside the tissue, Radiesse forms itself into a framework of support for collagen fibers, while also synthesizing the formation of new collagen. This is the basis of a non-surgical nose job using Radiesse. It’s structural matrix is firm and supportive enough to:

  • -Reshape asymmetries in the nose
  • -Even out bumps in the nose
  • -Correct droopy cartilage at the tip of the nose
  • -Contour the nose into a more attractive shape

While the procedure takes place (it typically last no more than 30 minutes), the patient is under local anesthesia to minimize pain. Additionally, because the patient is awake, he or she is provided with the opportunity to watch in a mirror while the surgeon contours the nose. The patient can thus provide input as to the final shape he or she desires.

Is Radiesse Safe?

Radiesse is bioengineered to circumvent inflammation and allergic reactions, thus it is safe for almost anyone to have a non-surgical nose job using this material. There are only minimal side effects, which include possible bruising, swelling, or itching at the point of injection.