Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

An At-Home Nose Job Totally Works, Right?

Young woman putting bandage on her nose in the bathroom mirror.

Are you unhappy with the size of your nose? Are your nostrils uneven, making you feel self-conscious? The fact is you aren’t alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, is one of the top five plastic surgeries performed each year. However, surgery isn’t always for everyone, and many people look for an alternative. At-home nose job devices seem to be the answer. But do at-home nose jobs work, and are they safe?

What are These At-Home Nose Job Devices?

Some at-home wearable nose devices go inside your nose and can be uncomfortable and even painful to wear, not to mention dangerous.

At-home nose job devices try to alter the appearance of your nose through manipulation or pressure. But not every device works the same way. For example, some devices, like Nose Secret or Nose Lifter, are small devices you insert into your nostrils. They claim to address problems like flaring nostrils, upturned noses, hook noses and much more.

In contrast, devices like Nose Magic (known as a nose clamp), attach to the cartilage of your nose and apply pressure to mold and change the shape and appearance of the cartilage. The idea is you wear the device for a specified time each day and, over time, will experience gradual change.

Do At-Home Nose Jobs Really Work?

The answer to this question is yes and no. The makers of the small devices that you insert into your nose claim that you can instantly straighten a crooked nose, minimize the appearance of a bump, lift a dropped tip and slim down a wide nose. When you wear the devices, you will see these immediate results. However, that means you must keep these devices in your nose. This is where you put yourself at risk.

Unfortunately, the external devices that claim to manipulate the cartilage in your nose don’t seem to live up to their marketing claims. While they state they make your nose smaller, thinner or give it a more defined shape, there is no evidence that they provide any change.

The Results Just Aren’t Worth the Risks

While you may achieve a temporary improvement in the appearance of your nose, the risks far outweigh the momentary benefits. While nose clamp use can contribute to bruising and pressure on your nasal passages, in teens, they can also hinder the correct growth of the nose.

But the real danger is with the devices that insert into your nose. These are small, and you must wear them for an extended time. Because of their small size, you risk them becoming dislodged and causing airway obstruction. In addition, because these items are so small, they can enter the sinus cavity and the throat. In one case out of Beijing, the nose lift clips became lodged in a woman’s nostril and, after hyperventilating, passed into her throat before becoming stuck in her stomach. In addition, because you use these clips repeatedly, improper cleaning can contribute to serious infection.

Rhinoplasty is a Safer and More Effective Option

While rhinoplasty is a major surgical procedure with some possible risks, such as infection or bleeding, it is a much safer option than these unproven and dangerous at-home devices. Rhinoplasty surgery lasts an average of three to four hours with a one- to two-week recovery period. During this time, your surgeon monitors your healing and works to reduce the risk of potential complications. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your nose, the best thing to do is consult with a plastic surgeon about your nose job options.


An At-Home Nose Job Totally Works, Right?
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An At-Home Nose Job Totally Works, Right?
Dr. Drew Davis of Folsom, CA explains the risks associated with at-home nose job devices and why rhinoplasty is a safer way to change the look of your nose.
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