The Non-Surgical Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) or the “Liquid” Rhinoplasty FAQs
Liquid Rhinoplasty or the “Non-surgical Nose Job” has become popular in the past few years as a method of changing the shape of the nose without an operation. It is not a rhinoplasty, but the term was coined by enterprising physicians to create a niche for themselves.
What is a liquid rhinoplasty?
The “Liquid Rhinoplasty” is actually not a rhinoplasty at all. It is the injection of filler into the nose. The most common fillers used for this purpose are Radiesse and hyaluronic acids (Juvederm, Restylane). Both the advantage and disadvantage of Radiesse is that it is the longest lasting of the “temporary” fillers. It cannot be dissolved should there be an unsatisfactory result, in which case the patient is left to wait up to 2 years for it to be reabsorbed.
Although not as long lasting, Juvederm and Restylane can be dissolved with an enzyme injection should the result be unsatisfactory.
Some physicians use Silikon-1000, a silicone permanent filler. This treatment is extremely risky as silicone is permanent. For the advantages and disadvantages of using silicone in the nose, see Radiesse above, and multiply by 1 million!
What kinds of things can the liquid rhinoplasty fix?
The main use of injectable fillers in the nose is to camouflage the profile (dorsal) hump by either filling below and/or above the hump. The nose will always be larger after the injections, though the illusion will be that the hump is gone.
Another very good indication is in a patient who has had too much of their nasal dorsum taken down during a previous surgical rhinoplasty. It can also be an excellent tool to smooth out any small irregularities in early months after surgical rhinoplasty.
How long do the results last?
The results last anywhere from 6 months to forever depending upon the filler used, as described above.
Are there complications with the liquid rhinoplasty?
Yes. If injected into a blood vessel, fillers can cause very serious problems such as necrosis of the skin and there have been reported cases of blindness. There have also been cases of severe infections.
Am I a candidate for a liquid rhinoplasty?
To determine whether you are a good candidate for a liquid rhinoplasty you should consult with an expert, skilled, and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Computer imaging can give one an idea of what the nose will look like after the injections. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of choosing your injecting physician most carefully.
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