The “Liquid Nose Job” or a non-surgical nose job has been around for a few years and only continues to grow in popularity. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the shape of a person’s nose for either cosmetic or medical reasons. Performed by a surgeon, the procedure requires anesthesia and substantial healing time. More and more, patients are looking to non-surgical procedures like injections to meet their cosmetic needs.
What is a liquid rhinoplasty?
A liquid rhinoplasty involves injecting a dermal filler into the nose to help smooth out the shape of the nose, the nostrils or bridge height, reduce the appearance of bumps, or even modify the tip of the nose. It helps make the nose straighter, but it does not make it smaller. It may make it bigger, since you are adding volume to the nose to even out the shape.
The process is relatively painless and there is little to no downtime. Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, the results of injections are not permanent so over time, additional injections are needed. Results are also gradual and don’t always appear right away. Many times the result looks best a couple weeks after the treatment once the swelling disappears.This procedure is ideal for individuals wanting to make small changes to their nose.
Risks of Liquid Rhinoplasty
Although the liquid rhinoplasty is marketed as a quick and painless fix to a common problem, there are many things to think about and take into account when contemplating this procedure. An injection can typically not help with any medical conditions associated with the nose such as sinus issues.
There is a risk for major complications when dealing with the nose. The sides of the nose are end-artery minefields so the safest place to inject is along the bridge of the nose. Occlusion of one of these vessels can create an adverse event such as tissue necrosis. If you are not familiar with injecting the nose, it may be best to refer your patients to a surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery. Especially if your patients are considering surgery in the long-run and using injections as a temporary fix.