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An Expert Guide to Understanding How Fillers Can Enhance Your Facial Profile

Many people are bothered by the size or shape of their nose and wish they could change its appearance without undergoing invasive rhinoplasty surgery. For those looking for subtle improvements, nonsurgical options like dermal fillers may provide a solution. In particular, fillers placed in the cheeks can help make the nose seem less prominent.

What exactly is involved in using fillers to make the nose appear smaller? Can cheek fillers directly reshape the nose itself? 

To understand how fillers work to improve nasal appearance, we asked Dr. Lanna Cheuck, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and medical director of Dr. Lanna Aesthetics. 

Read on for Dr. Cheuck's expert insight into facial fillers and how augmenting the cheeks can create better overall facial proportion and balance.

The Effects of Cheek Fillers on Nose Appearance

Cheek Filler Treatment

Dr. Cheuck explains that while cheek fillers alone cannot physically reduce the size of the nose, strategic placement can create the illusion of a more petite nose by enhancing surrounding features. 

She states, "Adding subtle volume to the cheeks and midface with hyaluronic acid fillers can make the nose appear less dominant in comparison. The key is restoring facial volume and projection to achieve better balance."

As we age, the cheeks naturally lose volume and the skin begins to sag. This makes underlying structures like the nose and lips become more pronounced. Dermal fillers work by plumping up the deflated cheeks, restoring a heart-shaped face and youthful contours. 

Dr. Cheuck elaborates, "When used to recreate that upside down heart shape and lift the cheekbones, fillers help center attention on the eyes and midface rather than an oversized nose."

While the nose itself is unchanged, the proportional difference makes it recede. Dr. Cheuck emphasizes that realistic expectations are important, saying, “Cheek fillers can soften the edges and help diminish nose prominence, but dramatic reduction should not be expected.”

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The Ideal Candidate for Non Surgical Nose Enhancement

The best candidates for subtle nose enhancements using dermal fillers are: 

  • Patients who desire minor improvements only. Fillers can camouflage bumps or dips but cannot significantly reduce size or fully correct breathing issues.
  • Patients wanting to soften their profile or refine nasal asymmetry. Fillers can provide precision adjustments.
  • Those with thin skin that shows underlying nasal contours. Filler can smooth visible bumps and depressions.
  • Patients who want to avoid surgery risks and downtime. Fillers require no recovery period.
  • Individuals who wish to preview potential surgical results. Filler enhancement can demonstrate improvements possible from rhinoplasty.
  • Patients desiring temporary effects. Fillers offer non-permanent nose enhancement.

Cheek Injections vs Rhinoplasty for Nose Size Reduction

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Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is considered the gold standard for significantly altering nose size and shape. It is the only option that structurally changes the nasal anatomy. 

While cheek dermal fillers focus on the midface, rhinoplasty targets the nose directly. Dr. Cheuck states, “For mild improvements, fillers offer a safer, easier alternative. But for major functional and aesthetic nasal changes, surgery is more appropriate.” 

The two approaches may also be combined for optimal results. Dr. Cheuck outlines the key differences between these treatments below:

FeatureRhinoplastyCheek Fillers
What it doesReshapes bone, cartilage and skin of the nose to alter dimensions and proportions and permanently change size and contourAdds volume only to the cheek area to create an optical illusion of a smaller nose
EffectMakes permanent changes to the nose size and shapeProvides subtle, non-permanent enhancements
ProcessRequires invasive surgery with downtime for recoveryDoes not require surgery or downtime for recovery

Using Injectable Fillers to Refine Nose Shape Without Rhinoplasty

For moderate improvements in the nose area, injectable fillers can be used directly on the nose as a nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Dr. Cheuck describes this off-label technique:

“Small amounts of filler injected precisely at specific points on the nose can camouflage bumps, alter angles, or smooth contours. The filler essentially acts as an implant to change the nose shape.”

Results are not as dramatic or lasting as surgery, but this method can:

  • Smooth bumps on the bridge
  • Soften a drooping nasal tip
  • Refine the nose profile
  • Minimize the appearance of humps
  • Augment a flat or uneven bridge

Dr. Cheuck points out that a liquid nose job requires an expert injector and has some limitations. Overly large noses or crooked noses require surgery to fully correct functional issues. But for the right candidate, nonsurgical rhinoplasty can subtly enhance the nose without downtime.

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Your Consultation at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

The first step is an in-depth consultation with Dr. Cheuck. She will:

  • Assess your nasal anatomy and face shape.
  • Discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns.
  • Provide her expert opinion on whether fillers, surgery or both are best to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Review your medical history for any contraindications.
  • Explain the filler procedure in detail so you know what to expect.
  • Use advanced imaging technology to show you potential results.

With Dr. Lanna’s keen eye for beauty and balance, you’ll get an honest assessment and recommended treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Achieving Facial Harmony with Fillers

Dr. Lanna takes a holistic approach when using dermal fillers on the face. Instead of targeting specific areas, she aims to create overall facial rejuvenation and proportion.

As Dr. Cheuck explains, “The goal is never to make one feature appear different in isolation. My approach is to restore volume and dimensions where needed to achieve symmetry and balance across the entire face.”

With facial fillers, it’s possible to reduce the appearance of nose prominence while also enhancing other features like the lips, chin, cheekbones and under eyes. The combined effect is a refreshed, youthful appearance that highlights your natural beauty.

Recovery and Maintenance with Facial Fillers

While not surgery, some downtime should be expected after filler injections. Dr. Cheuck advises:

  • Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours. This minimizes risk of swelling, bruising or filler shifting.
  • Ice the area to reduce swelling and tenderness.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication as needed for discomfort.
  • Expect some swelling, redness and minor bruising that usually resolves within a week.
  • Avoid massaging or applying pressure to the treated areas until completely healed.
  • Results are immediately visible but optimal outcome is seen after 2 weeks as swelling subsides.
  • Follow-up appointments to maintain results with additional filler injections as needed, typically every 6-12 months.

With Dr. Lanna’s expert technique, you can expect a quick recovery and natural-looking, beautiful enhancement.

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Consult an Experienced Injector for Your Non Surgical Nose Job

Cheek Filler Treatment at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

The shape and position of the nose is central to facial aesthetics, so any enhancement procedures should be performed meticulously. In unqualified hands, injectable fillers carry risks like asymmetry, overfilling, and unnatural results.

By seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lanna for nonsurgical nose enhancement, you can feel confident you will receive safe, optimal results. During your consultation, she will assess your unique facial proportions and discuss whether cheek fillers, nonsurgical rhinoplasty, or a combination approach is right for you.

With Dr. Cheuck's artistic eye and advanced techniques, you'll be in exceptional care. Contact Dr. Lanna Aesthetics today to schedule your personalized consultation. Let Dr. Cheuck's refined aesthetic eye help you put your best face forward.

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