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A Beautiful Nose in Minutes

The importance of a well-balanced nose cannot be overemphasized. As one of the most prominent features of the face, the nose is essential for facial harmony and, for many people, a positive self-image. For men and women frustrated by the appearance of their nose, dramatic improvement can often be accomplished with nose surgery (rhinoplasty); however, San Francisco facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Mabrie has discovered that dermal fillers can achieve attractive results for certain patients.

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Case 378

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Does this patient look familiar to some of you? Well, She ought to. She's my medical assistant, Nicole! You'll see helping me out around the office with surgeries and filler injections. (She's almost like magicians apprentice.) Since she's a big part of the Mabrie family, I wanted to show off the results of some of the wonderful rejuvenative filler work we've done for her. ...

Case 338

ABOUT OUR PATIENT   So many people are unhappy with their nasal tip!  It’s either "too round" or "too droopy". This young lady from the Castro Valley was concerned with the latter. She wasn’t thrilled with her nose’s curvature or the way the tip pointed downward. As intent as she was on finding a fix for her issue, she wasn’t comfortable with surgical procedures...

Case 325

ABOUT OUR PATIENT After doing some research about noninvasive cosmetic surgery online, this young man from Brazil stopped by my San Francisco office for a consultation. He had a clear vision of what he wanted to improve-his nose. He wanted to remove a small distracting bump and make the tip appear more upturned. Facial dermal filler treatments are ideal for these kinds of aesthetic defects, so I ...

Case 312

ABOUT OUR PATIENT For about a year, this 40-something mother of two had thought about getting a treatment for her nose. She started doing research about her options and came across the reviews and photos for my cosmetic surgery practice. Soon after, I was glad to welcome her to my San Francisco office where I gave her an in-depth consultation. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN For this patient, I per...

Case 300

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This African American man in his 20's had a big problem: he had long felt his nose detracted from the rest of his face. While he appreciated its shape in general, he felt it made him look too childlike. During his search for a surgeon experienced in Ethnic Rhinoplasty, my videos caught his eye, so we met in my downtown San Francisco office, where I consulted with him about non...

Case 227

Background: This east bay woman consulted with Dr. Mabrie in his San Francisco office about non-surgical Rhinoplasty. In general she was happy with the overall size and character of her nose, but wondered if some small improvements could be made. Her two main concerns: 1. She didn't want her nose to look "done". 2. She was afraid of needles!   Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: “This ca...

Case 221

Background: This woman was primarily concerned with her profile. She felt the curvature was extreme and made the nose seem large. She found Dr. Mabrie online and consulted about non-surgical treatment. Dr. Mabrie’s Assessment: “This was a very satisfying case. We both agreed that her concerns were slightly different from many of the cases previously seen in my photo gallery. This...

Case 218

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young lady was already feeling somewhat satisfied with the shaping of her nose, but she knew there was room for improvement. She felt it looked a little round and slightly undefined. Basically, she was looking for a change that was defining but not too drastic. After searching online for a facial plastic surgeon specializing in Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty, she found our before...

Case 210

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient initially visited my San Francisco office interested in finding the right kind of filler treatment for bags under her eyes. I noticed her nose was somewhat misshapen and injured as well. She told me it was the result of a Rhinoplasty she had many years ago. There has been a hump reduction during the Rhinoplasty surgery, which had caused the middle cartilaginous port...

Case 198

Background: This young lady was unhappy with her nose. She felt the bridge and tip were too wide. She did some research for non-surgical rhinoplasty and after viewing similar cases by San Francisco facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Mabrie,  made an appointment. Dr. Mabrie's Assesment: This young woman of pacific island decent has requests that are common for patients researching Asian rhinoplasty ...

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How Can Dermal Fillers Help?

Fillers such as RADIESSE®, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® in San Francisco are FDA-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds ("smile lines" or "parentheses"). Use of dermal fillers for other improvements is performed at the doctor's discretion, but has become widespread with uses such as scar revision, lip augmentation, filling dark circles, and more. For a better understanding of how they work, you can read more about facial dermal fillers.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty in San Francisco

May 2011

When performed by a highly qualified, board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mabrie, contouring the nose through the use of dermal fillers can be an excellent option for some patients. Possible applications include:

  • Building the bridge (augmenting the dorsum).
  • Refining the results of nose surgery (filling in small defects).
  • Correcting asymmetry and concavities.
  • Tip enhancement (adding dimension or improving the shape of a flat tip).
  • Smoothing or straightening the nasal hump.

Benefits of Nose Dermal Fillers

There are several benefits to nose dermal fillers.

  • Fillers are temporary. This means that, should a patient be dissatisfied with the improvement, the results will fade and a new approach can be attempted.
  • The changes that can be accomplished are natural-looking.
  • Dermal fillers are versatile, so Dr. Mabrie is able to achieve delicate, very specific improvements. This type of precision may not be possible with nose surgery.
  • Results are visible very soon after the procedure (if not immediately), whereas results from nose surgery can take up to a year to refine.
  • The patient is conscious during the procedure, so they can provide real-time guidance to ensure the results meet their expectations and goals.
  • No downtime is required after the procedure. There may be some minor bruising or redness, but makeup can be applied immediately to minimize these effects. Patients can return to work or their usual routine right away.

Non-Surgical Revision Rhinoplasty

Facial fillers are a good alternative for patients seeking revision rhinoplasty. Surgical rhinoplasty may result in a weakened nasal structure making the nose more susceptible to injury when subjected to additional surgeries. Small deformities or irregularities on an otherwise ideal rhinoplasty outcome may be challenging to correct with surgery. Fillers are better at contouring than surgery, as they provide the ability to treat deformities without disrupting adjacent areas.

Limitations, Risks, and Reversibility

Non-surgical rhinoplasty has many advantages, but there are also some associated risks and drawbacks. It is important that you fully understand both the advantages and disadvantages of this procedure before undergoing treatment.

Risks & Limitations

Because dermal fillers are not permanent, patients will need to return approximately every 6 months for touch-up treatments. Additionally, non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot narrow cartilage or reduce the size of the nose, so patients with these goals should choose surgical rhinoplasty in San Francisco instead. Unwanted side effects such as bruising, swelling, or redness may also occur. You can learn more about the risks associated with non-surgical rhinoplasty by visiting our Rhinoplasty Risks page.


One of the greatest benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty is that the procedure is reversible in most cases. If a patient is unsatisfied for any reason, a special enzyme known as "Hyaluronidase" can be injected into the treatment area within the first 24 hours. This enzyme immediately dissolves hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and Perlane®. RADIESSE® is typically more difficult to dissolve, but can be reduced by about 30%. Ultimately, the effects of dermal fillers are temporary as they are naturally reabsorbed by the body over the course of a few months.

Next Steps

Dr. Mabrie, as a facial specialist, has the extensive education and experience required to develop a thorough understanding of facial structures and tissues. This specialized knowledge and skill allows him to be creative and very successful in using dermal fillers for many applications, including non-surgical rhinoplasty for his Oakland and other Bay Area patients.

To learn more about Oakland or San Francisco non-surgical rhinoplasty from a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513. Dr. Mabrie works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area.

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
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