Rhinoplasties, more commonly known as nose jobs, are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures requested by patients. A rhinoplasty can reshape the nose to not only enhance appearance, but to also correct breathing problems and improve oxygen intake. A liquid rhinoplasty—or non-surgical rhinoplasty—can provide patients with similar results with a far less invasive procedure.
Though results from a liquid rhinoplasty aren’t permanent, they can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. This is a great option for patients who aren’t sure about a traditional rhinoplasty who still want an enhanced facial appearance. Additionally, some patients who undergo a liquid rhinoplasty opt for a permanent fix down the road, and feel more at ease because they were able to test out their cosmetic update first, with a non-surgical procedure.
What is Liquid Rhinoplasty?
Liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical alternative to a traditional rhinoplasty. The procedure uses injectable fillers composed of hyaluronic acid to enhance the shape and symmetry of the nose. With this procedure, our doctors can address bumps or unevenness, and can also adjust the height of the nasal bridge and lift any drooping at the tip of the nose. Liquid rhinoplasty is an augmentation procedure, so it cannot reduce the size of a patient’s nose. However, many patients feel they received a reduced nose size after a liquid rhinoplasty, because our doctors were able to adjust the bridge height, making the nose itself appear smaller.
Procedure & Recovery
Before receiving a liquid rhinoplasty, patients are usually anesthetized with a topical anesthetic (cream). In some cases, a local anesthetic is used, but this is more rare, as the lidocaine can obstruct the area of the nose being injected. During the procedure, our doctors inject fillers into the target areas on a patient’s nose, most often into the subcutaneous tissues. Our physicians skillfully place the fillers in order to achieve the patient’s desired results. This process usually takes less than 45 minutes. Because it is a non-invasive procedure, bruising and swelling is very minimal and results can be seen immediately. Patients can typically return to normal activity right away.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liquid Rhinoplasty?
This procedure is a popular alternative to cosmetic surgery, especially for patients who want minimal enhancement, or want to test out their facial updates before committing to them long term. The best candidates for liquid rhinoplasty are patients who could benefit from or have experienced the following:
- The augmentation of a flat nasal bridge
- The added projection of the nasal tip
- Correction of retracted columella
- Small reduction of nostril size
- The perceptual diminution of a nasal hump
- Filling a nasal sidewall depression
- Enhancing a retracted anterior nasal spine
- The enhancement of a retracted maxilla lateral to the pyriform (pear-shaped) aperture to displace the anterior plane
- The elevation of a saddle nose deformity caused by a failed primary rhinoplasty
- Traumatic injury
It Matters Where You Go
Like any medical procedure, there are posed risks to a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Patients should consult their medical professional to determine if a liquid rhinoplasty would benefit them. However, by choosing the trusted physicians at My Houston Surgeons (MHS), patients are able to see results quickly and painlessly, and get back to living confidently and beautifully in no time.
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