“It Improved My Confidence by 100%.” A Client Shares Her Nonsurgical Nose Job Story
The nose is the centerpiece of the face and a defining characteristic of our appearance. There’s no right or wrong way for a nose to look—they can be broad, delicate, long, upturned, and strikingly asymmetrical—but what matters is whether a.) your nose works as it should, and b.) you like it. And if you don’t, the good news is you don’t necessarily need a nose job to achieve the look you want. Read on to learn about a new and convenient alternative—a nonsurgical nose job—and find out why this procedure was life-changing for one of Jordan Jacobs’ clients.
What’s in a Nose? Cartilage, to Start
Most noses start out cute as a button (we’ve never heard a kid say, “I hate my nose!”) but our nose’s cartilage continues to grow throughout adolescence and adulthood, leaving some of us with undesired asymmetry. You may have heard that noses never stop growing, but that’s a myth—what really happens is that the collagen and fibers in our cartilage start to break down as we age and as gravity does its thing, resulting in an enlarged appearance. While aging and gravity are both unavoidable, there’s another solution that may be a lot more appealing than going under the knife: using injectables to fill areas of the nose, giving it a smooth and straight appearance. We’re talking about a nonsurgical nose job or NNJ for short.
Finding the Right Balance
Each NNJ is totally unique and depends on a client’s facial structure and desired results. It’s a highly advanced procedure that requires incredible accuracy because the blood vessels that connect to the eyes occupy the same region of the face. “I select fillers that are safe: high-viscosity, reversible, and sturdy to hold the shape. Fillers like Restylane Lyft and Voluma are my go-to’s, and Smoothing Serum (Botox) can also be added to the mix. This helps to slim the nose by making it appear less bulbous and can lift the tip of the nose by relaxing the depressor septi nasi muscle,” says Jordan. This flexible combination of injectables can correct most minor asymmetries, deviations, dorsal humps, and droopy or undefined nose tips in a matter of minutes. Threads can also help to straighten, narrow, and lift the entire nose.
“Understanding how the nose relates to the rest of the face is critical in creating the optimal outcome,” says Jordan. “Sometimes I can make the nose can appear smaller by adding filler because when irregularities (such as a dorsal hump) are smoothed, the eye no longer focuses on the nose. Sometimes the nose is perfectly fine, but the chin or lips need to be built out with filler to balance the face, making the nose appear smaller. It’s just an optical illusion and a play with light, shadows, balance, and symmetry.”
Rhinoplasty or NNJ? For this client, it was both.
The NNJ process is remarkably quick, reversible, and doesn’t require any anesthesia or downtime. Compare that to months of painful recovery from a traditional rhinoplasty—and add the risk that your surgeon could botch the job. That was the case for Jordan’s client, Jennifer Bowman. “When I was younger, I was with someone who became very violent—I’ll never know why,” she says. “At the end of our relationship, he punched me on the side of my nose, which caused a lump. When the police arrived, they told me to go to the hospital because it looked broken, but I was young and stupid. I didn’t put much thought into getting it fixed, and the lump stayed with me.”
Jennifer started looking into rhinoplasty after she realized that the damage was permanent but possible to fix. “My nose was dented on one side and had a lump on the other. It just looked weird and I felt self-conscious about the way I looked in pictures,” she says. “When I finally found a plastic surgeon, he said part of the issue was that I had a deviated septum. I kind of figured there was something wrong because I couldn’t breathe out of one nostril.” The surgeon told Jennifer that he could fix her septum under medical insurance and that he would also repair the lump. Recovery was painful and took months, but Jennifer hoped it would be worth the time and discomfort. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. “At the end of the day, my septum was fixed, and the lump went down a little bit, but the dent on the side of my nose looked even worse,” she recalls. “I was disappointed, but I never wanted to go through that again. Instead, I learned to live with it.”
In the age of Instagram, Jennifer learned how to work her angles in photos and got on with her life. She watched Botched and laughed at the irony, kept up with the Kardashians, and learned about injectables. “That’s how I found Jordan—I’ve been following her since last year,” she says. “When I saw that she does nose filler, I thought, ‘Wow, that looks like it’d work for me.’ Fast forward to 2020, my corporation folded, I had to go on unemployment, but I actually had extra money and some downtime. I really contemplated whether to go through with the nonsurgical nose job because I’d never had injectables before, but I’m so glad I decided to do it.”
A World of Difference
Jordan talked Jennifer through the procedure and told her exactly what fillers she was using and how she could expect to feel. Jennifer remembers that she was swollen after the injections, but that wasn’t unexpected. Otherwise, there was no pain or discomfort at all—a world of improvement from her last experience. “After two weeks or so, when I saw my nose, it looked straight for the first time in years,” says Jennifer. “Jordan really filled in that dented area and it looks like nothing ever happened. She told me the results would last for about nine months to a year, and let me tell you, I’m going to go straight back to her.”
Aside from the many compliments Jennifer received from friends and family, her confidence has improved dramatically. “I’m comfortable taking pictures straightforward now and I feel so much better. This improved my confidence by a hundred percent because Jordan did such a great job. I look in the mirror and I don’t see what I used to see—my nose looked like a crooked road, and now it looks straight. Jordan made that happen.”
To those debating whether to go under the knife, it’s important to know that a surgical rhinoplasty can take an entire year to heal and is completely irreversible. “The scariest thing with rhinoplasties is that if the surgery is poorly done, the results may not be fixable,” says Jordan. “The nose is the centerpiece of the face, and there is no room for error.” Those on the fence about their own NNJ can take comfort in knowing that filler is reversible, and that it’s possible to modify the nose after a month. “It’s definitely worth getting and it’s much better than being in pain for weeks after you get a surgical nose job,” says Jennifer. “Medically speaking, it’s not as risky—and it’s definitely not as risky as getting something you didn’t want.”
To learn more about the nonsurgical nose job procedure and schedule a consultation, contact Jordan Jacobs.