Liquid Rhinoplasty. Is a nonsurgical nosejob right for you?

liquid rhinoplasty nonsurgical nosejobNonsurgical procedures are becoming more popular all the time, and the nonsurgical rhinoplasty, otherwise known as the Liquid Rhinoplasty, is no exception.

A liquid rhinoplasty can be a fantastic procedure that is a fraction of the cost, and carries almost no downtime, as compared to a surgical rhinoplasty, as long as your goals are in line with what the procedure can accomplish.

Keep Reading to find out what the Liquid Rhinoplasty CAN and CANNOT do…

A liquid rhinoplasty CAN…

  1. … build up the bridge of your nose. If you have a flat, or depressed, nasal bridge, a liquid rhinoplasty may be a great option. A flat bridge can be a result of an accident, broken nasal bones, previous rhinoplasty surgery, or simply genetic. A small amount of precisely-placed soft tissue filler, like Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse, can make a tremendous difference to your profile if you have a flattened bridge regardless of the cause, and can save you quite a bit of money and time as compared to having a surgical procedure.
  2. … make a crooked nose appear straighter. If your nose is crooked, a liquid rhinoplasty may do the trick. This liquid procedure is much more difficult than building up a flat bridge, so make sure that your surgeon has a lot of experience with liquid rhinoplasty before signing up. As with any nonsurgical procedure, a liquid rhinoplasty for a crooked nose has it’s limits, so if your nose is extremely crooked, this may or may not be a good option for you. For the average nose it can be an excellent alternative to a very complex straightening surgery.
  3. … hide a bump (dorsal hump) in profile. A large dorsal hump can definitely detract from the profile view of anyone’s nose, and this is an area where liquid rhinoplasty shines as an alternative to surgical rhinoplasty. By building up the bridge and the area between the tip and the hump, the hump can effectively be blended in with the rest of the nose making it much less noticeable. This can also lessen the appearance of a hooked nose that can happen with a large dorsal hump, and make the nose appear straighter and lifted in profile.
  4. … improve the results of a previous rhinoplasty. Surgical rhinoplasty can sometimes lead to very tiny lumps or bumps, or to slight asymmetries between the two halves of the nose. Along those lines, dorsal humps are sometimes inadequately reduced after surgery. If the problem is slight, a liquid rhinoplasty can be an excellent way to improve the result without the cost or risk of another surgery. This is one of the best indications for a nonsurgical approach.

A liquid rhinoplasty CANNOT…

  1. … make a crooked nose perfectly straight. Remember, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty is only disguising the features of your nose that make it appear crooked. It is not actually fixing any of those features, so the result will never be as good as a surgical procedure. If your nose is extremely crooked, it can still be improved with a liquid rhinoplasty, but if you’re seeking perfection, you may want to consider a surgical approach at some point. However, there is nothing wrong with trying a liquid rhinoplasty before having surgery in order to see what can be accomplished nonsurgically… you may be completely happy with it!
  2. … lift the tip. This is a very common misconception about liquid rhinoplasty procedures. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty cannot lift a droopy or saggy tip. An artful and experienced liquid rhinoplasty surgeon can make it appear as if the tip was lifted in certain circumstances, but no amount of filler will ever lift the tip of your nose if it is drooping. It will only add volume to the tip and by doing this you run the risk of making the tip appear even more droopy and bulbous. If your main problem is a droopy tip, you should talk to your surgeon about a surgical approach.
  3. … fix breathing issues. A liquid rhinoplasty cannot fix breathing difficulties related to a deviated septum or other internal anatomic problems. Only a surgical rhinoplasty can treat breathing problems.
  4. … produce the same results as a surgical rhinoplasty. If you have a long list of problems that you would like to fix, if you want a permanent or dramatic change in the appearance of your nose, or if you have extremely high expectations for the outcome of the procedure, a liquid rhinoplasty may disappoint you. As we discussed above, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty is only a disguise for the anatomic problems that you don’t like… it does not fix those problems. There is a limit to how much a nonsurgical rhinoplasty can accomplish, and the results are temporary, so make sure your expectations are in line with the procedure you choose: surgical vs nonsurgical. If you are not sure, the best thing to do is have a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and liquid rhinoplasty so he can help you choose the best option.
Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon New York

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