Liquid rhinoplasty, also referred to as non-surgical rhinoplasty, is a procedure in which injectable fillers are used to alter the shape of the nose. In certain situations, injectable fillers may be used to achieve the following:
- Disguise a hump on the bridge of the nose;
- Correct minor depressions;
- Straighten a crooked appearance; or
- Improve the size, shape or position of the nasal tip.
In appropriate patients, liquid rhinoplasty offers many benefits over traditional surgical rhinoplasty. There are few side effects, immediate results, and little to no downtime. In fact, patients are able to return to work and other normal activities the next day. Furthermore, if you don’t like the results, the product can be dissolved within 24 hours with a simple injection.
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Candidates for Liquid Rhinoplasty
While liquid rhinoplasty offers a good alternative to patients who do not want to undergo surgery, not everyone is a candidate. Injectable fillers work by filling in depressed or hollow areas. As such, they are best for those seeking augmentation. This technique cannot make a large nose smaller, nor can it remove bumps. The best way to determine if liquid rhinoplasty is right for you is to consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon.
Liquid rhinoplasty is performed in the office setting and can be achieved with a variety of injectable fillers. Fillers comprised of hyaluronic acid are generally preferred as they allow for easy molding and shaping and do not interfere with a surgical rhinoplasty if one is desired in the future. In addition, these fillers can be reversed with a simple injection within 24 hours if the result is not satisfactory.
During treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin. The injectable filler also contain lidocaine to further ensure patient comfort. The filler is then injected beneath the skin in targeted areas of the nose using a very fine needle. The treatment takes approximately thirty minutes to complete.
Recovery and Results
Patients are advised to keep the head slightly elevated and gently apply ice to the nose during the first 24 hours after injection. Bruising may occur in some patients. While most normal activity can be resumed the same or next day, patients should be careful not to massage, push on or apply pressure to the nose during the first two weeks.
The duration of results will vary based on several factors including the particular filler used and the area of the nose being injected. In the right hands, liquid rhinoplasty with injectable fillers is a very safe procedure with few risks. In rare cases, skin necrosis may occur.