Radiesse Nose

I have scheduled an appoinment to have Radiesse injected on the bridge of my nose. I want to have a higher bridge and my doctor said that this is an alternative to Rhinoplasty. Am I doing the right thing? Will I look too "different" afterwards? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 20

I recommend Juvederm, instead.

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To Janice,

Hi! Using a filler to raise the bridge of your nose a little is fine. But don't think it is the same as a nose job. Also, make sure your doctor has a good eye and experience; ask to see photos.

I prefer Juvederm, because if you don't like it, it can be dissolved. And it also lasts a long time.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Radiesse is used for the "non surgical nose job" - you should be fine.

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Thanks for your question.

Radiesse, more so than the other fillers, has been used to contour and shape the nose without having to do surgery. Radiesse is injected in areas of depression to either smooth out areas on the nose, fill in the area between bumps, or to make a sloping nose into a straighter nose. This procedure is widely performed and quite safe. The main risk of this procedure, as with any filler, is injection into blood vessels leading to a potential ulceration on the skin surface. It is a risk and you must be aware of the possibility.

I don't believe you are making a mistake. It is worth a try if you want a slight change to your nose and want to avoid surgery. Also, if you don't like the effects, radiesse is not permanent so you can return to your old nose without doing any other procedures.

Good luck!

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist

Radiesse on the nose?

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Hi! Yes, Radiesse can be used on the nose as well. However, I would highly suggest for you to research and look for an injector who is skilled and experienced enough to inject Radiesse on the nose. Doing this procedure is a technique that is highly advanced. There is not much space for maneuvering to achieve an excellent result. Aside from Radiesse, you also have the option to use Juvederm. What makes Juvederm a good option is its reversibility. Should you not like the result, you can have it easily dissolved. Radiesse, on the other hand, is not entirely reversible. You will need to wait for a while for it to completely dissolve. Juvederm lasts long, too.


Nevertheless, you need to take into account that Radiesse is a filler and its effects are temporary. For me, it is not a true alternative to Rhinoplasty, which gives permanent results. Should you still opt to go for fillers for nose enhancement, make sure that you only deal with board certified plastic surgeons. Check for their background, experience, as well as results for the same procedures that they have done.


Hope you find this helpful and good luck!

Robert W. Sheffield, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Radiesse in the nose

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Thank your for your question. Radiesse can be used in the nose.  It does not take much product to shape the nose.  I would recommend that you visit with an experience injector as this is definitely an advanced technique without much room to maneuver to get a great result.

Radiesse works well for the nose

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Radiesse is a good alternative to "augmentation" rhinoplasty for building up the bridge of the nose. The filler is made up of bone minerals, calcium and phosphate ions, surrounded by a water based gel carrier. This filler works best when injected deeply and just above the bone so it works well over the nasal bony bridge. It also lasts longer in this area than other parts of the face (up to 2 years). My recommendation is to have serial injections - you only need very little anyway (less than 0.8ml) because a little goes a long way in the nose. I would have a very small amount and conservative injection the first time and come back for a second or third until you get it to the ideal height you are looking for without looking too "different". I hope this helps!

Kristina Tansavatdi, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Radiesse Nose

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Radiesse is an excellent nonsurgical filler for the dorsum or tip of the nose.  When injected correctly it provides a very nice profile of cosmetic change. I have used it many times in my practice with great results.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Radiesse for the Nose

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Radiesse is an excellent and simple option for treating many problems with the nose. I would be wary of any physician who tells you that you must see someone in their specialty. You need to find a physician who is experienced, and an artist, and is someone you are comfortable working with. Trust their ability and skills to either be able to improve your problem or be able to recommend the correct procedure and the right physician to see for this treatment. It is often much better to start your search by speaking with a physician who is looking first for simpler, less expensive, non surgical options.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

NonSurgical Nose Jobs Can Give Excellent Results For Bumpy and Droopy Noses

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For those people with a bump or hump on the bridge of the nose or a droopy tip, nonsurgical nose jobs can be an excellent way to avoid the expense and risks of going under the knife. A bump or a depression over the bridge area or along the nose or a falling tip due to the loss of underlying cartilage can be easily address and rapidly improved, literally in minutes, by the use of volumizing agents to recontour the nose.

My favorite volumizers for straightening the nasal bridge or lifting the tip are Radiesse, Perlane-L, or a combination of both of these agents. The results are typically immediate, extremely gratifying in most cases, and may last a considerable length of time (since these areas are not subject to much movement and hence to little mechanical breakdown).  We are all accustomed to going for our annual dental check up or physical exam or twice or even three times yearly for a professional teeth cleaning, so scheduliing a small maintenance touch up for the nose  every year or two does not constitute more of an inconvenience to our schedules than any of these routines. 

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Radiesse is excellent in the nose

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We have used Radiesse numerous times as a non-surgical rhinoplasty and especially love it in the bridge of the nose as you have described.  Good luck!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Filler or Rhinoplasty

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The use of a filler such as Radiesse for aesthetic improvement of the nose in place of rhinoplasty is not a bad idea but it is one that needs some consideration.  I am of the opinion that you are best in this case to get the opinion of someone that does both.  This falls into the 'if you own a hammer the world is a nail' problem. 

Here is the issue in a nutshell.  Although filler is a nice idea, it does absorb.   If you want to maintain that nice looking profile, you will have to keep going back year after year for more injections.  Furthermore, filler can only be used to make things bigger, not smaller, so if there are areas of your nose that you would like to have reduced you are out of luck.  With surgery, the correction is permanent.  Once you heal, your great new profile is yours to keep.  In addition, any other fine tuning can be done at the same time.  The downside of course is that you need to go through surgery to obtain your new nose.  You need someone that can guide you through the risks and benefits of each approach.

While I would love to tell you that all physicians are perfectly versed in all options of treatment, the reality is that no one is very good discussing what they don't know and there is a financial incentive to not suggest a procedure that you can't do. 

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon

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