We have all seen the social media posts about ‘liquid nose job’ procedures that many people claim are quick and painless. Some have described it as the second generation to the standard ‘nose job’ or rhinoplasty. But is this really true?? The answer is no.
A liquid nose job or liquid rhinoplasty is not even considered a rhinoplasty at all. In fact, the procedure is entirely non-surgical and involves injecting the nose with a dermal filler strategically to add volume to very localized areas. There are no incisions, and no anesthetic is required.
That said, liquid rhinoplasty, or non-surgical rhinoplasty, is an incredibly versatile procedure that can be carefully tailored to suit the needs of different patients without the use of plastic surgery or implants.
If you are weighing your options, it is crucial that you understand what a non-surgical rhinoplasty is – and what it can and cannot achieve.
A liquid rhinoplasty can be an excellent option for patients who require minor tweaks such as a prominent dorsal hump, minor asymmetries, or an unrefined nasal tip.. It can help patients who want to see slight, natural-looking improvements to certain imperfections or aesthetic concerns. However, it cannot correct more extensive structural or aesthetic issues that can be better and permanently addressed with surgical rhinoplasty.
Maybe you’re not ready for surgery or are not able to undergo a surgical procedure. Liquid rhinoplasty can be an excellent option for patients looking for a temporary solution before undergoing the permanent option of surgical rhinoplasty. It can also be an option for those who can’t comfortably take time away from work or responsibilities during the required recovery time.
Liquid rhinoplasty is an in-office procedure that can be done with numbing cream with no anesthetic required. Therefore, this procedure effectively requires little to no downtime. However, it can result in some minor swelling. Bruising can happen, but it is rare. Most of the time, you can head right back to work after a liquid rhinoplasty procedure.
These solutions are ideal for patients who want to see an almost immediate improvement of their nasal size or contour. Still, the results of non-surgical rhinoplasty will not be as dramatic or permanent.
The cost of liquid rhinoplasty will vary from patient to patient, depending on their needs and how much filler is used. Still, it is less expensive than the cost of surgical rhinoplasty. But if you like your liquid nose job results, you will have to come back for more filler to maintain them.
Non-surgical procedures like liquid rhinoplasty tend to be temporary, although patients can see longer-lasting results if they maintain their skin between appointments. Typically, the filler used in a liquid rhinoplasty will last about 18-24 months before a patient requires more, but this varies from patient to patient.
There are always risks and the potential for complications with any procedure, surgical or non-surgical. In some cases, non-surgical rhinoplasty can be riskier than a standard surgical rhinoplasty.
The nose is a complex network of small arteries and veins interconnected with blood vessels that pass through the eyes. Introducing any substances inside the nasal tissue can pose risks for infections, necrosis, and even blindness.
That’s why liquid rhinoplasty must be done by a licensed or registered medical professional such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, someone with thorough knowledge of the nasal anatomy, to prevent risks and avoid complications.
Therefore, to ensure your safety do your homework and find an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon that can give you that perfect profile!
The answer generally depends on the extent of the specific issues you are looking to address, how quickly you want them corrected or improved, and how long you want the results to last. Only cosmetic nasal surgery can address some issues, including more extensive aesthetic concerns and those involving the function of the nose. While surgical rhinoplasty requires more downtime, it is usually a one-time procedure that can make a dramatic improvement in the balance of your face - and for many, their confidence - with permanent results.
Before scheduling a liquid rhinoplasty, a patient should make an appointment for a consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon, like Palm Beach facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chelsea Troiano, who is qualified to perform the procedure. After an examination, the provider should determine if you are a candidate or not based upon your anatomy and desired goals.