A liquid rhinoplasty is a nonsurgical rhinoplasty technique that uses injectable fillers in order to contour and shape the external appearance of the nose. The procedure is minimally invasive with the use of a needle to inject a filler into different but specific areas of the nose that can fill a depression and help to change the shape and size of the nose while hiding defects.
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About the Procedure
Liquid rhinoplasties, or liquid nose jobs, are great alternatives for patients who would like to make changes to their nose but are unwilling or unable to receive a more invasive procedure. With the strategic placement of dermal fillers, the nose can be reshaped to fix unwanted bumps or a droopy tip. Patients may also benefit from botox injections with a muscle paralysis rhinoplasty which smooths fine lines and wrinkles to make the nose appear smaller. Typically, a liquid nose job will use the following dermal fillers: Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Radiesse. The choice of filler used depends on its intrinsic properties that allow for easy contouring and shaping as well as duration of results. Radiesse is a calcium hydroxyapatite material that is harder to shape but tends to last longer than the hyaluronic acid based materials Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm. Typically, between .1-1 cc of filler is used for a liquid rhinoplasty, however every nose is different and may require a different amount. The injection is done with a needle in the areas desired after topical numbing cream or injection of local anesthetic. Injection sites can be molded and shaped by the provider to give the desired appearance. Liquid rhinoplasties can improve the nasal contour however the nose will be slightly larger after treatment. Some patients feel though with the correction to contour irregularities, the nose size does not appear to change.
The goal of a liquid rhinoplasty is to achieve facial harmony by changing the shape or angle of the nose.
What to Expect
A liquid rhinoplasty is a temporary, non-surgical rhinoplasty technique that uses injectable fillers in order to contour and shape the external appearance of the nose. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a liquid rhinoplasty.
- Stop taking any blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- No alcohol 1 day prior
- Reschedule if a rash, cold sore or blemish develops
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Topical numbing cream
- Dermal filler injected to smooth bumps and ridges
- Filler is molded and shaped
Most patients are able to continue with normal activities after treatment with immediate improvement in their appearance. It is common to experience some redness, pin prick marks, minor bruising and swelling after a liquid rhinoplasty. Any swelling and bruising may be more apparent the next day.
The ideal candidate for a liquid rhinoplasty has slight cosmetic deformities of the nose and is either unable or unwilling to undergo surgical measures.
Not Recommended For
Liquid rhinoplasty is not recommended for candidates that need functional improvements or wish to decrease the size of their noses.
Side effects from a liquid rhinoplasty can include pain, bruising, asymmetry or nodule formation. There is always the risk that filler alone is inadequate to achieve desired results and those candidates should be considered for surgery. The serious complication of injectable fillers include intravascular injection leading to skin necrosis.