Nose fillers: Expert advice to avoid complications and cautions

Nose fillers

Overview

Nose fillers are a very popular way to lift, slim, and straighten the shape the nose. Dermal filler is carefully placed along the midline of the nose and in certain other locations such as the base of the nose to gently sculpt an optimal shape. Different techniques are used to slim the nose, lift the tip, narrow the nostrils, etc.

How long do nose fillers last?

Effects are usually immediately apparent and long lasting, a year or longer is common.

How much do nose fillers cost?

Starts at ~500, and touch ups are included in the initial cost.

Do Nose Fillers hurt?

Dermal filler injections are usually well tolerated. The filler is premixed with lidocaine, and we also have ice packs and a vibratory device to improve comfort. There is a small risk of bruising which is mitigated with careful injection technique.

Pre-Treatment instructions for nose filler:

Be well rested. Remove makeup so that skin is clean and dry in the areas to be treated. Avoid supplements that could cause increased risk of bruising or bleeding, such as garlic, ginseng, ginger, green tea, fish oil, Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory medication like Advil or Ibuprofen.

Post-treatment instructions for Nose filler

After treatment, avoid direct pressure on the treated areas for at about 24-48 hours. Moderate exercise is ok. Mild bruising or discomfort may occur. Let us know right away if you notice increasing pain or other skin changes. A optional follow up appointment is recommended about 2 weeks after your treatment for touch ups which are free of charge.

Complications of nose fillers:

Nose fillers are the most common cause of vascular complications of dermal fillers, including blindness. Using a cannula does not guarantee safety either. For your safety, using fillers around the nose should only be done by a trained and licensed medical doctor with proper skill and training. It is considered the highest risk area in comparison to other locations in the face. There are many arterial connections from the nose area back to the eye, and an inadvertent intravascular injection could lead to severe complications including blindness.

When should nose fillers *not* be used?

Nose fillers should not be used in cases of an excessive nasal hump, as if the deformity is too high, hiding it with filler may cause the nose to look too long or elevated. Think of Avatar.

Can nose fillers be used to reduce nasolabial “smile” lines?

If done correctly, nose fillers can help reduce nasolabial lines. This involves injecting small depots of filler on the piriform fossa to lift and support the corners of the nose. This is a somewhat advanced injection technique and should only be done by those familiar with the technique. Also, a plan should be in place for immediately dealing with any emergency complication such as vascular occlusion, even though this is extremely rare.