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"My nose is too big." "My nose is crooked." "My nose is too bulbous."

Many patients who share similar complaints about their noses are convinced they need to surgically break, cut, or reduce the nose to make it more aligned with their features. In my experience, the exact opposite is usually true.

You can often achieve far superior results by strategically adding dermal filler to your nose with the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure. I perform non-surgical rhinoplasty on men and women from throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 for more information.

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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 318

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young Bay Area woman had previously received a non-surgical Juvederm treatment to address the circles that were appearing under her eyes, but she wasn't exactly satisfied with the results. After reading some of my patient reviews online and noting my unique approach and focus on non-surgical facial sculpting, she decided to come in for a consultation at my downtown San...

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 305

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This woman from Santa Cruz really liked the way her face looked in general but was interested in refining her nose. She felt it was a little round and slightly bulbous in appearance. Evan so, she knew she definitely did not want an invasive surgical procedure to fix it. When she found my website, watched our videos, and reviewed the before and after photographs, she decided to v...

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 276

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient, a young woman located in the East Bay, had a common problem: she wanted to subtly change the look of her nose, but she didn't want to undergo any invasive surgery to do so. That's why she came to see me at my San Francisco office for a consultation, eager to find out about the benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN This patient's case i...

Case 261

ABOUT OUR PATIENT I love this case! This woman in her 70s from the East Bay, had long considered getting surgery to narrow her nostrils. She and I had a great talk during a consultation in my San Francisco office regarding Surgical Rhinoplasty, in which we explored options that would get her the amazing results she was after. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN I performed a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty us...

Case 252

Background: This South Bay women had a Rhinoplasty that she was not happy with. She did not want to have another surgery to correct her current Rhinoplasty. She consulted with Dr. Mabrie, in his San Francisco office, about Non-Surgical Revision Rhinoplasty. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "This is a typical example of someone who had a Rhinoplasty in which there was an over reduction. The middle of the ...

Case 224

ABOUT OUR PATIENT   This young Asian American patient wanted two modifications to her nose - to make it, “cuter and narrower”.  She was unsure whether she would need surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty to meet her goal, so she started surfing the web. Upon finding our website and viewing our before and after photos, she decided to schedule time to meet with me in my San Fr...

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 208

 Achieve similar results non-surgically! Check out this case: Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Background: This young San Francisco woman was interested in Rhinoplasty surgery.  She chose Dr. Mabrie because of his experience with preserving ethnic characteristics and maintaining natural results.  She wanted a softer nose, like her mother's, with better symmetry, a smaller tip, and a stra...

Case 201

 Achieve similar results non-surgically! Check out this case: Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Background: This woman had long considered Rhinoplasty surgery. Her nasal tip was full and similar in size and shape to the nose of her father. While she liked his nose on him, she wanted something softer and more feminine. After searching several plastic surgery websites of doctors in San Francisco, she...

Case 195

 Achieve similar results non-surgically! Check out this case: Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Revision  Background: This young woman had a previous Rhinoplasty years ago that had given good results. Years later she started to see a change in those results. She came in to see Dr. Mabrie for a consult with specific goals in mind. 1. Narrow the nasal bridge. 2. Make the tip less round. 3. Sm...

Case 169

 Achieve similar results non-surgically! Check out this case: Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Background: This 24 year old African American woman consulted with Dr. Mabrie about Rhinoplasty in San Francisco to improve the appearance of her nose. She explained that she would like the bridge thinner and tip more detained to match her face. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "The nose actually has a nice siz...

Case 120

Background: This 21 year old Tourism student is of Spanish and Italian ethnic background. She had a history of trauma a few years ago during a water polo incident.  Her concerns were to: 1. Primarily reduce the bump in her nasal dorsum, 2. Resolve her difficulty in breathing, 3. To smooth the lines in her nose, and 4. To maintain the look and character of her nose. Dr Mabrie&...

Case 110

 Achieve similar results non-surgically! Check out this case: Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Revision  Background: This San Francisco woman came to Dr. Mabrie to seek resolution for areas of her nose that she was unhappy with from previous surgeries. Her nose was broken when she was 16, for which she had a Rhinoplasty surgery. She also had a Septoplasty surgery performed in 2...

Case 94

Background: This Filipina woman in her 20’s consulted with Dr. Mabrie in his San Francisco office, interested in a Rhinoplasty. She had been asked to do some modeling and noticed that on certain angles her nose was less defined than she would like. Her husband, who felt she was beautiful as was, supported her wish to obtain a consultation but urged her not to get “that o...

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What Is Non-surgical Rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure that enhances the nasal appearance by skillfully applying a dermal filler, like Restylane, to the nose. For more aesthetically pleasing features, most patients find they don't need a smaller nose; they need a smoother, stronger and more defined nasal bridge and/or tip. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can provide the facial balance most people seek, usually with little downtime.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty in San Francisco

May 2011

Advantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

The results are better.

It seems counterintuitive, but most noses that people think are too big, aren't too big at all. They lack definition. Their appearance is greatly improved by adding to the nose, rather than taking away.

The results are predictable and reversible.

One of the biggest challenges of traditional surgical procedures is the fear of changing one's nose and being stuck with the results. In the event of dissatisfaction or adverse reaction, the fillers used for non-surgical rhinoplasty can be dissolved by injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

Minimal downtime and recovery.

There is significantly less discomfort and recovery time than with a surgical procedure. Non-surgical rhinoplasty usually involves minimal bruising and swelling (approximately 4 to 7 days).

What If I Need Surgery?

During the consultation, I will provide you with a realistic idea of what is achievable with fillers. If your unique case requires surgery, I'll personally refer you to some of the best rhinoplasty surgeons I know in the Bay Area. There are many instances where patients have combined surgical and non-surgical methods to achieve their ideal results. In fact, I take great pleasure in helping patients with good or less than perfect outcomes refine and enhance their surgical results with fillers.

Which solution is the best for you? Come by for a visit. I'd love to show you the possibilities that fillers can offer in a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure.

My Background With Rhinoplasty

Much of my early experience with rhinoplasty surgery was obtained at the top institutions in the nation. After completing a residency in Head & Neck surgery at Johns Hopkins and becoming board certified in Head & Neck Surgery, I completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at Stanford University and became board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery.

After several years of performing successful surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures, I'm now focusing exclusively on the non-surgical approach. After seeing literally hundreds of patients, I've found that the results most people want can be achieved with non-surgical methods. For cases that still require traditional surgery, I'll refer you to my most trusted and esteemed colleagues. I'll make sure that your face is in the best hands possible. That's my promise to you.

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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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
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Pinole, CA 94564
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