I have a secret…
I recently got a teeny tiny cosmetic procedure done which I wanted to share with you all. Now, let’s not make a massive ‘hoo-hah’ about it, BUT… I’ve only gone and gotten a non-surgical nose job, eeek!
It’s hardly a surprise as I’m sure you would have guessed from the title of the post, but this is only one of the very few times that I’ve actually come clean about getting it done – my family and friends have absolutely no idea as the results are that natural and subtle! So Mum, Dad, if you’re reading this… hello, SURPRISE and erm, sorry for not mentioning anything!
For today’s post I thought I’d share information on the procedure for any of my lovely readers who are curious and would like to learn more, hopefully you will find this an interesting read! As well as my own personal account of getting it done with some before and after pictures. Keep reading to find out more!
What is a non-surgical nose job?
The non-surgical nose job is a non- invasive cosmetic procedure that uses injectable hyaluronic fillers to produce temporary results. The treatment is ideal for a wide range of patients including those who wish to soften sharp angles of the nose, reduce the appearance of bumps and indentations, or improve the overall asymmetry of the nasal bridge. What’s particularly great about this procedure is that the patient is able to witness the results as they are being administered. You are present every step of the way and have the opportunity to review and give your input as and when the treatment is being performed.
Also known as the “lunch break nose job”, many choose this option over a traditional rhinoplasty as the procedure is very quick – typically only lasting 10 – 15 minutes – and the results are immediate, with no downtime. The final results of a rhinoplasty, on the other hand, can only be seen in full effect almost 6- 8 weeks after the procedure and can typically require a 5 – 7 day recovery period before the majority of the swelling and bruising subsides.
The cost of a non-surgical nose job will vary depending on the type of filler and how much of it is used during the treatment, but it will generally range from £350- £600 with an experienced practitioner. The effect of the filler is temporary, designed to last approximately 9 – 12 months before a top-up may be due, as the filler material is gradually reabsorbed by the body over time. This time frame, however, can vary from person to person and can last well beyond a year as natural collagen can build up in the injected areas, prolonging the effects of the filler.
The non- surgical nose job is a great option for those who fear the commitment of undergoing surgery and it’s permanent results thereafter (like myself!), or for those who are considering a rhinoplasty but would like to see the results before going ahead with the real thing.
Thoughts on getting it done
My nose shape hasn’t necessarily ever truly bothered me as such, I didn’t hate it or even dislike it in the slightest but I’ve always been conscious of the bump on the bridge of my nose. It wasn’t the type of feature that I desperately felt the need to get rid of, but it was there and I was aware of it, particularly more so when I started blogging more often as it stuck out to me whenever I filmed or photographed from a certain angle. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve thrown projects that I’ve spent hours working on, DAYS even, simply because I was too self-conscious of my asymmetrical nose profile and its unflattering shadow. It sounds silly I know, but over time it started to bother me immensely.
So after doing some online research, I quickly realised that this procedure was a much better fit for me than rhinoplasty, which, in all honesty, was never an option in my books as I was only keen to correct the bump on my nose – besides that, I was pretty content with the shape of my nose!
I came across Treatments Room London Instagram (I’ll link their details below for those who want to have a nose…see what I did there, hehe) and I was in absolute awe with the gallery of results that they were able to achieve – you simply would not believe some of the before and after transformations, whoa!
Dr. Vara was my main source of communication prior to the procedure and honestly, guys, I must have asked over a million and one questions. “What are the risks involved?? Is it going to hurt?! What are the chances I’ll end up with a botched nose?!” I was such a pest! Yet he was more than happy to listen to my queries and *ahem ahem * very often ridiculous concerns haha. Each and every time I was met with a very professional yet personable service. Dr. Vara was absolutely fantastic with his detailed and timely responses, and having that line of communication really helped ease my concerns and put any worries at rest. So after much consideration, I went ahead and booked the consultation and procedure!
Arriving at the front step of 10 Harley Street, the nerves that I had somehow managed to contain up until this point were starting to bubble away. Thoughts were racing through my head at a bazillion miles an hour and I could already feel myself shying away with nerves – to my boyfriend’s content as I’d been a chatterbox for the whole entirety of the 45min drive there haha! “How are you feeling?” he asked with a reassuring smile and a firm tightening of my hand. “Fine” I replied back, “Super excited to get it done, although slightly nervous for the results…”. And I was exactly that – extremely eager to go in and get it over and done with, but a part of me was also terrified that a) Something would go wrong and I’d end up with a botched nose for life (knowing my luck), or b) what if after my consultation, the doctor comes to the conclusion that perhaps this isn’t the right procedure for the type of concern that I have for my nose and rhinoplasty is the only real ‘fix’.
Stepping into the clinic I was an absolute ball of nerves, but we were immediately greeted with a very warm welcome from the lovely receptionist at the front desk. She advised Dr. Fernando would be making his way down to meet us shortly, and he would escort us to the treatment room, where I would later meet with Dr. Vara and Dr. Hany who would be performing the procedure. Right on cue, at 3:30 pm Dr. Fernando made his appearance (in a very smart and trendy tailored suit may I add!) and escorted my boyfriend and I upstairs to meet with the rest of the team.
Left to Right: Dr. Vara, Dr. Hany & Dr. Fernando
The initial consultation is important as it helps to ascertain whether the patient is firstly eligible for the procedure – which to my relief, I was! – as well as expectations with regards to the final results. Dr. Hany gave me a quick rundown of the full procedure, reassuring me that it would be done quickly and with minimal pain. This was all music to my ears and so I signed my life away, or should I say… my schnoz away!
As I made my way from the consultation chair to the table, my nerves had already settled by this point as Dr. Hany had reassured me that the procedure would be over and done within a blink of the eyes, so by now I was just an eager beaver, ready to get it over and done with… cut to when Dr. Hany pulled out this superfine long needle and that’s when the apprehension started to kick in – the size of that thing!
Before the procedure began, he walked me through what he was going to do in order to achieve the nose shape that I desired; in order to smooth down the bump on the bridge of my nose, Dr. Hany would place some filler directly above the bump to close the “dip” between my eyes and the bump and there would be a second injection on the tip of my nose in order to lift it ever so slightly, for an overall straighter and more symmetrical profile.
The procedure itself was really quick and took no longer than 10 – 15 minutes tops. Dr. Hany was meticulous in every way from the nose evaluation, down to explaining the procedure beforehand and keeping me reassured throughout the whole duration of the procedure.
I didn’t have any numbing cream (I didn’t ask but I’m sure this can be supplied on request), and yes the procedure did hurt but I wouldn’t say it was excruciatingly painful or unbearable if I can do it, anyone can. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would describe the pain as a 5 or a 6 as I did experience a little discomfort when the needle was being inserted and the filler injected, but particularly more so when Dr. Hany had to use his fingers to squeeze and apply pressure to certain areas of the nose in order to shape and mould the filler into place.
Luckily there was no obvious bruising after the procedure, only a bit of soreness to the touch where the fillers had been inserted – although I did have two funny little red dots at the tip and bridge of my nose for the whole day.
Before being handed the mirror, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I knew the injections could make a dramatic difference to someone’s nose (I did my research beforehand and some of the before and after pictures were insane!), but you never actually imagine it to have the same effect on you as it would on someone else, know what I’m sayin’?
When I was first handed the mirror, I was holding it completely straight towards my face so from a straight point angle, I didn’t actually notice much of a difference to begin with – it looked just like the nose I’ve been familiar with my whole entire life: same length, same width, same little freckles in their same old place. But it was when I looked at myself from the side that I noticed the most difference, I couldn’t believe my eyes! “Has my nose, shrunken?!” Dr. Hany explained that he had straightened out the bump and reduced it down by 85% for a straighter profile, and by lifting the tip of the nose, this also gave the illusion of a smaller nose.
I can’t honestly explain how HAPPY and thankful I am with the results – Dr. Hany, it’s exactly what I wanted! The results are really natural and my nose still looks very much like my own nose; my nose characteristics are still there but just a slightly more contoured and refined version of itself. If I’m honest, not a single person has been able to tell a difference unless told so, and that’s exactly what I wanted – a natural finish. It may be a subtle change to anyone else, but the confidence it has given me is staggering. I’m happy to photograph or film from whichever angle without having to worry about how I’m positioned, where the light is reflecting, essentially all these numerous, time-consuming checks that I would have to do in order to ensure that my bump was less visible, especially the unflattering shadow that would give the illusion of a “crooked nose”. In terms of makeup, I no longer fret with everyday contouring of the nose. I now skip this step entirely unless I am going out to a special event where I would apply a heavier face of makeup.
Before and after pics – notice how the bump isn’t as salient in the second picture. The tip is also slightly perkier and overall the nose doesn’t look as long as it did before
Post Treatment advice
Post-treatment is equally as important as the procedure itself, and this is what most patients tend to forget. There’s honestly no point in spending hundreds or even thousands on a procedure if you’re not willing to follow the post-treatment advice from doctors, as this can certainly influence the final outcome (even if the procedure was impeccably done, without any problems).
So if you’re considering getting the non-surgery nose job, here are five post-treatment tips to follow:
1. Immediately after treatment, there may be slight redness, swelling or possibly even mild bruising. This is a normal result of the injection and the inconvenience is only temporary. Arnica cream will help with bruising and this is available in most pharmacies and high-street drugstores.
2. Do not touch the area for a minimum of six hours post-treatment (to be safe I avoided touching my nose all day!)
3. Do not wear glasses for the first two days post the treatment. During this time, the dermal filler is still malleable and the pressure from glasses could result in indentations at the contact point with the nose.
4. No smoking or drinking for the first two days post the treatment
5. No gym for the first 48hours post-treatment. Contact sports where there is a risk of the nose being knocked should be avoided for the first two weeks post-treatment.
I hope this article was useful for those who are considering getting the non-surgical nose job or any kind of other cosmetic filler procedure. If you have any questions I’m more than happy to help, so fire away in the comment section below or you can also get in touch via my other social links.
I’d like to extend a huge massive thank you once again to the lovely team at Treatments Room London! The work you guys do truly is outstanding and the service was exceptional – 5 stars plus!
Lots of love, Ana
PS: I was not allowed to wear any makeup on the day (although I did get away with wearing mascara and lippie), hence why face pictures have been kept to a minimum throughout this post haha! The eye bags were out of control, my dears…
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