Summary: If you’ve been thinking about changing your face with a little nose lift, you aren’t alone. In fact, making slight alterations to the nose has become a pretty common request. A change or a lift to the nose can help eliminate a significant number of smaller issues.
What’s a “Nose Lift?”
You’ve heard of a facelift before, but what about a nose lift? Truth be told, we’re not talking about a brand new procedure here—or, really, even a new technique. Rather, it might be best to think of a “nose lift” as a kind of conceptual tool, helping us envision one particular set of results that rhinoplasty can achieve for patients.
When we usually think of rhinoplasty, it might be as a kind of procedure that changes the entire nose. But the reality is that different patients want different results. Some patients do indeed want big changes to the nose. But other patients are just fine with tiny changes.
In some ways, that’s because the nose plays a pretty huge role in the composition of your face. Partly because of its shape and partly because of its central position, the nose is responsible for holding everything together. When you make small changes, it can alter your appearance on a big scale.
Why Would You Lift the Nose?
That’s why some patients elect to have a little “nose lift.” Now, to be sure, a nose lift is not an official procedure. If you go in and ask for one, your surgeon might look at you a little funny (okay, not really, but it’s not a common term is my point). But, you can certainly ask to “lift” your nose in several ways.
When one speaks of a facelift, they’re typically asking to make the face look more youthful. However, a rhinoplasty is designed to change the nose more broadly—not necessarily in a way that will make the patient look more youthful. So when people ask to lift the nose, they typically mean to address one of the following issues:
- Drooping Tip: Sometimes the tip of the nose can droop significantly. In more severe cases, the tip of the nose can overshadow the mouth, especially when the patient smiles. Addressing a drooping tip can be handled in several ways, depending on the cause of the droop. However it’s treated, the “lift” in this case means creating a tip of the nose that is much more in line with mouth, cheeks, and lips. Often, this is about creating the right angle between the beginning of the lips and the tip of the nose. This can be accomplished in several ways, including surgically.
- Adding Volume to the Bridge: The bridge of the nose does a lot of heavy lifting when we aren’t paying attention. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, the bridge of the nose is generally responsible for making sure you can see well! But it also helps to define the nose, and when the bridge doesn’t have enough volume, it can be frustrating. Your nose can look flat or shallow. Adding volume (or “lifting”) this part of the nose can help you define the areas of your face is a way that is aesthetically helpful for many patients. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, from augmenting the cartilage to adding some filler!
In most cases, a “nose lift” can be accomplished surgically. But sometimes patients want another approach.
Non Surgical “Nose Lift” Approach
Surgery isn’t going to be the right fit for everyone. Some patients are going to prefer a non surgical approach to getting their “nose lift” procedure. This can be accomplished with a Non Surgical Nose Job because most “nose lifts” are all about adding volume.
Non Surgically Adding Volume to the Tip
Adding volume to the tip of the nose in order to alleviate a drooping tip can be a delicate but effective procedure. To be sure, this is most effective in cases where the droop of the tip is slight or subtle. In these cases, a cosmetic surgeon will add a designated volume of a dermal filler (often Radiesse or Restylane) and “sculpt” the tip so that it looks more even.
Because a Non Surgical Nose Job can’t remove volume from the face, the drooping tip is not actually eliminated. Rather, it’s better integrated into the rest of the nose so that the tip is more balanced and proportional, allowing the nose to achieve a better balance.
In other words, volume is added around the nose in a way that makes the nose look more balanced. The “drooping” part of the tip is diminished and the patient is able to see the results almost immediately.
Non Surgically Adding Volume to the Bridge
Adding volume to the bridge of the nose using a Non Surgical Nose Job is an incredibly common procedure. A cosmetic surgeon will use a dermal filler (again, usually Radiesse or Restylane) in order to build up the bridge. Most surgeons will do this in an incremental way, using several injections and then “molding” the injected filler while it’s still malleable.
This can produce significant increases in the overall volume of the bridge of the nose, helping to create definition (and, perhaps, hold your glasses up). The only downside to this procedure (as with all of these non surgical nose procedures) is the duration of the results.
In most cases, Non Surgical Nose Job results will only last somewhere between 12 and 18 months, depending on the filler used. However, for many patients, that temporary nature is actually a good thing, allowing them to take their rhinoplasty out for a test drive before deciding whether to get maintenance injections or find another option.
Lifting Parts of the Nose
While it is possible to change the entire nose in one fell swoop (more or less), what should hopefully be clear now is that most people are more interested in a smaller, more incremental change. It’s not the entire nose they don’t like, it’s just a certain aspect they want changed.
Luckily, modern rhinoplasty procedures are able to selectively target areas of the nose to treat. Whether you’re more comfortable with a surgical or non surgical approach, you can at least rest assured that there is likely some plastic or cosmetic technique out there that can likely deliver the results you’re after.
The best place to find out for certain is to discuss your desired final results with a highly qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon. A consultation will be the very best avenue to get your questions answered.