Just before Christmas, I was invited to Dr. Sarah Shah’s bespoke aesthetics clinic* in Central London for a treatment of my choice to review. Upon browsing her website and reading many positive reviews, I came across the concept of a ‘non-surgical’ nose job/reshaping. “WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT?!”, I hear you ask. Well, let me enlighten you and share my experience…
I have been unhappy with my nose since around the age of 11. I blame my Italian grandfather for my big, annoying nose that seems to dominate my face (well, in my opinion). From the profile, it’s not completely straight; there was always a dip on the bridge that I despised, which I thought I needed surgery to fix. Well it turns out, you can actually have hyaluronic acid filler (a naturally occuring acid) injected into your nose to fill in dips, make your nose straighter, raise the tip, and even make it appear slimmer / more contoured. Yes, the very same filler that many girls nowadays get injected into their lips (thanks Kylie Jenner), can also be used on noses! The results aren’t permanent, lasting up to a year and are completely reversible with the injection of an enzyme, so I thought it’d be worth giving a go.
Dr. Sarah Shah’s clinic is clean, professional and welcoming – I was even offered a hot chocolate while I waited! Dr. Shah herself is lovely, very knowledgeable, and she answered any questions I had, as well as making sure I felt safe and comfortable.
Here’s me chilling with numbing cream on my nose… I had a dental block too, so most of my face felt numb, it was quite funny! The overall experience took only around half an hour, including the time I had to wait for the numbing cream to work. Dr. Shah was very keen to make sure my nose was completely numb before injecting the filler, so I had no pain whatsoever. The actual process of having the ‘non-surgical nose job’ only took 10 minutes!
… and now for the part you’ve been waiting for, the before and after pictures!
You may not notice much of a difference in the before and after photos (except my vacant expression due to having a very numb upper lip and chin!), but this isn’t the final look. There’s swelling from all of the injections and my nose was pretty sore at this point, but you can definitely see that it’s straighter, more defined, and the dip on my bridge is completely gone. The difference is more apparent in real life.
After having the nose reshaping procedure, Dr. Shah pointed out that my nose looks bigger from the profile due to my chin being quite small and far back. To counter this, she injected a little filler into my chin to bring it forward a bit, which I’m very grateful for! I had this without another dental block (because I had a hospital appointment after and needed to be able to speak), so it was a bit sore, but definitely not painful. For the following 48 hours or so my nose and chin were quite red and swollen, but the redness went away very quickly, and the swelling within a few days. In fact, I went to dinner with my best friend that night, and she didn’t even notice anything was up with my face! It was quite tender when washing my face that evening, and I couldn’t wear makeup on my nose for a few days, but other than that, it was a very quick and easy process.
Here’s a picture I took today, now that the swelling and redness has completely gone. (Please excuse my wet hair.)
I have another appointment later this month so that Dr. Shah can check everything over, and see if I need any top-up. The effects overall will last up to a year, and while I still eventually want surgery if I can ever afford it, I am certainly happier with the way my nose looks at the moment (I hated that dip in my bridge with a passion!). From £350, a nose reshaping procedure if you’re unhappy with the shape of your nose is a much more affordable (and non-permanent or invasive) alternative than surgery.
Let me know your thoughts! Would you consider a procedure like this?
*I was offered a procedure by Dr. Sarah Shah’s clinic in exchange for a review. This blog post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own, this is a completely honest review of my experience.