The majority of rhinoplasty patients will require some form of surgery to get a nose that is functional and looks great on their face. However, there are a handful of patients who don’t require a full surgical procedure on their nose to achieve their desired results. For minor adjustments or corrections, a nonsurgical form of rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as the liquid nose job, may be the best course of action. Dating back to the early 19th century, nonsurgical rhinoplasty utilizes dermal fillers to fix a patient’s nose without anesthesia, incisions, or significant recovery time.
What Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Can Fix
By definition, the liquid nose job does not involve surgery, which means that it is really only appropriate for minor cosmetic fixes. If the actual structure of your nose needs repairs or needs to have its function improved, nonsurgical rhinoplasty isn’t going to be much help. For those patients who are generally happy with the shape, size, and appearance of their nose, nonsurgical rhinoplasty can be used to make small adjustments that improve the overall look. This includes filling in minor dents, smoothing out small bumps, straightening a nasal bridge that appears crooked, and raising the nasal bridge.
How Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty is Performed
This procedure is very simple – it involves injecting a dermal filler into the target areas on your nose. It’s just like getting a dermal filler in any other part of your face. You may have even heard of some of the current filler choices, which include Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Perlane, Radiesse, and Silikon-1000. Each surgeon has their own personal preferences on what they feel will work best based on their experience, but they’ll also make the choice based on your own personal needs as a patient.
To perform the procedure, the surgeon will prepare the dermal filler and then inject it very slowly into the target area. This has to be done very carefully; otherwise, you could wind up with too much filler in your nose. Once the appropriate amount has been injected, the surgeon uses his fingers to shape the filler and smooth out any bumps or imperfections. When done properly, the filler will assimilate so well with your nose and face that you won’t even be able to tell it’s there.
Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Advantages
- Less stress – Since you’re not having surgery, nonsurgical rhinoplasty involves a great deal less stress, which will make the whole process more enjoyable for you.
- Less time – Surgical rhinoplasty often requires at least two hours or more to complete, while nonsurgical rhinoplasty usually takes about 15-30 minutes.
- Less recovery – You’ll probably experience some tenderness and swelling around the injection sites, but the recovery for nonsurgical rhinoplasty will take a few days at the most. Initial recovery from surgical rhinoplasty takes several weeks and complete recovery can take as long as two years.
- Less money – Surgical rhinoplasty (on average) costs between $7,000 – $9,000, while dermal fillers cost between $700 – $1,000.
- Greater flexibility – Dermal fillers can be replaced, removed, or relocated, even after they’ve been injected.
- Greater visualization – If you’re considering having surgical rhinoplasty and want to see what the results might look like, nonsurgical rhinoplasty can act as a dry run and allow you to get a physical visual of what your nose could look like.
Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Limitations
- This procedure only works for minor changes or adjustments to your nose. It will not alter the function or structure of your nose.
- It won’t work for every patient, especially those with weak nasal cartilage. Adding the weight of a dermal filler to a nose with weak or unstable cartilage could cause a structural collapse.
- Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not permanent. Dermal fillers usually have to be reapplied every twelve to eighteen months to maintain their volume and shape.
Where to Get Your Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Procedure
As simple as the procedure sounds, it still requires a great deal of know-how and practical experience. That’s why you need a plastic surgeon that performs rhinoplasty and dermal filler procedures, preferably one who is board-certified with years of experience. Dr. Todd Hobgood in the Scottsdale, AZ area is such a surgeon. He is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in nonsurgical and surgical procedures for the face, head, and neck. He’s also been performing these procedures for over thirteen years!
To learn more about nonsurgical rhinoplasty, surgical rhinoplasty, or dermal filler injections from Dr. Hobgood, call his office at (480) 214-9955 or provide you information on the “Contact Us” page to schedule a initial patient consultation.