What is a Liquid Rhinoplasty?
A Liquid Rhinoplasty is a non-surgical treatment that changes the shape of the nose using injectable fillers. A liquid rhinoplasty can improve the shape, size, and in some situations, position of the nasal tip, straighten the nose, and hide a bump. A liquid rhinoplasty is not for everyone, since it can only be used to fill hollows or depressions. This plastic surgery procedure does not make a nose smaller and it does not remove bumps. A consultation and an examination with plastic surgeons is needed to determine if you are a candidate for a non-surgical nose job.
What product is used for a Liquid Rhinoplasty?
Injectable formulas like Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Radiesse can all be used for a liquid rhinoplasty. The hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm) are the preferred injectable formulas for a liquid rhinoplasty because:
- They are the easiest to mold and shape
- They can be completely removed within 24 hours by the injection of another medication, if so desired
- They do not interfere with or prevent a future rhinoplasty
What are the benefits of a Liquid Rhinoplasty over a Surgical Rhinoplasty?
A liquid rhinoplasty has little to no downtime. Bruising is rare, and most people are able to go back to work immediately. It is excellent at correcting minor depressions and creates immediate results. In the hands of our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Stanislaw, it is very safe and can be reversed quickly with a formula that dissolves the dermal fillers.
What are the downsides of a Liquid Rhinoplasty?
Unlike the surgical procedure, a liquid rhinoplasty cannot make a nose smaller and is limited in the scope of what it can achieve. Another downside is that the treatment is temporary, as the dermal fillers will eventually be absorbed by the body. Depending on the amount of filler used in different areas of the nose, you will need to have a touch-up treatment around a year after the last injection.
How long the results last depends on a few factors:
- What injectable filler is being used (please refer to the pages specific for each product)
- The area of the nose being injected
It also depends on the patient; some people break down products faster and some people hold on to products longer. There is no way to predict how long a specific product may last in a specific person. During the consultation, Dr. Stanislaw will give general ranges for a specific product, for a specific location, but there is no guarantee of duration.
Does a Liquid Rhinoplasty hurt?
A topical numbing medication is applied to the skin prior to the injection. Also, the filler has a numbing medication (lidocaine) mixed into it, making the nose numb as the injection progresses. The numbness lasts for about one hour. After the numbing medication wears off there will be no discomfort.
"Dear Dr. Stanislaw, I wanted to acknowledge how much I appreciated the "house call" in Maine. You're the best! I didn't anticipate I would need a follow up, but yes I did, and you helped me out. I know better now, and will plan more accordingly in the future. Thanks ever so much. Kind regards"-Patient Letter
What are the instructions after a Liquid Rhinoplasty?
Gently apply ice packs to your nose as tolerated for the first 24 hours. Keep the head of your bed elevated for the first 24 hours by using extra pillows to keep your head slightly elevated above the level of your heart. Do not push on, apply pressure to, or massage your nose for the first two weeks. After two weeks, you can go about your normal lifestyle. Makeup use is not affected and you don’t have to worry about getting your nose wet after treatment.
If you want to know if this non-invasive technique can help you meet your aesthetic goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stanislway about liquid rhinoplasty. Non-surgical nose enhancement is possible thanks to a wide array of highly specified dermal fillers that can subtly and temporarily reshape the nose without the need for surgery. Learn more about this procedure and whether it can give you the nasal shape you want by calling us or contacting us online today.