If you’re unsatisfied with your nose but don’t want to have surgery to fix the problem, you’re not alone. Many men and women aren’t ready to commit to a serious surgery, despite being unhappy with the current size or shape of their nose.
What many of these patients don’t realize is that they have an alternate option: A liquid nose job.
In the following guide, we’ll explain what a liquid nose job is, who the best candidates are, and what benefits you can expect from this life-changing procedure.
When most people think of a “nose job,” they think of a lengthy surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, incisions, bruising and swelling, and months of downtime. To be sure, there are indeed patients who will require a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of their nose. And rhinoplasty, when done well, can be highly effective at achieving aesthetic goals and also improving function.
At the same time, not everyone who is unhappy with their nose needs surgery. A procedure called a “liquid nose job” can quickly and easily change the shape and/or size of your nose, offering consistently exemplary results for a diverse range of patients.
Essentially, a liquid nose job (also known as liquid rhinoplasty), is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes skillfully injected dermal fillers to change the overall shape or size of the nose. These dermal fillers are injected into and around the nose with a delicate needle. The goal is to add fullness in key areas in order to achieve a new overall appearance.
Dermal fillers can be used all over the face. Essentially, they are chemicals that are used in small doses to add volume and plumpness — both of which are lost with age. When it comes to liquid nose jobs, the amount of filler being used is very small, and the changes are more structural than volume-based. The most commonly used dermal filler for liquid rhinoplasties is hyaluronic acid.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a liquid nose job. First and foremost, if your goal for getting plastic surgery is to fix a functional issue (such as trouble breathing), a liquid nose job won’t be able to help you. Functional issues can only be altered and improved with surgery.
Moreover, if your goal is to decrease the overall size of your nose, liquid rhinoplasty may not be for you either. This is because the procedure cannot take away volume. It can only increase volume.
Still, patients are often surprised by the nose-related aesthetic issues that can be ameliorated with dermal fillers. For example, if you have a large ridge or bump in the middle of your nose bridge (nasal hump), you may feel that you technically want to decrease the size of this ridge and therefore decrease the overall size of your nose. However, the problem can actually be fixed by adding volume to the other parts of the nose — above and below the ridge, for example. By adding volume in either of these locations (or both), Dr. Stark can even out the nose and camouflage the hump, giving a more uniform appearance to this part of your face.
Of course, there are medical considerations to think about when it comes to your candidacy for liquid rhinoplasty as well. Dr. Stark wants to know that you are in good overall physical health before you have any cosmetic procedure performed. Most importantly, you should not have any active infections or serious skin or medical issues near the site where you expect to have dermal fillers.
Additionally, make sure that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure. At your consultation appointment, you’ll discuss your key motivations for having liquid rhinoplasty with Dr. Stark, and he can let you know whether or not this particular solution will help you. Keep in mind if you are not a good candidate, you may be able to get surgical rhinoplasty, or Dr. Stark may offer another solution. Sometimes, both liquid rhinoplasty and surgical rhinoplasty are performed together for optimal results. Have balanced expectations either way, and this will set yourself up for success.
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of liquid rhinoplasty versus surgical rhinoplasty.
First off, liquid rhinoplasty is a wonderful procedure if you want to add volume or fullness to your nose or the nose area. It’s not the best if you want to decrease the overall size of your nose. Additionally, liquid rhinoplasty cannot help if you have a functional issue with your nose or your breathing. Finally, liquid rhinoplasty is not a permanent solution to a nose you are unhappy with. You’ll need to come back for additional treatments in order to maintain the nose shape you like.
As far as benefits go, however, there are many. For starters, compared to surgical rhinoplasty, liquid rhinoplasty is a much faster procedure. It takes less than an hour, on average, and it does not require any anesthetic. You’ll also be able to go home immediately after. In addition, recovery from this procedure is nearly painless. You’ll be able to return to work or school right away, and you won’t need to endure a painful or uncomfortable recovery period. Lastly, you’ll see the results from your procedure immediately.
Interested in learning more about liquid rhinoplasty? Contact one of the best Philadelphia plastic surgeons in the Philadelphia area? Dr. Stark has helped countless patients achieve the ideal nose for their face shape. Contact us today to book your consultation!
Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Stark brings decades of experience and training to each consultation. When you meet with Dr. Stark, he takes the time to give you information and options, so you can have confidence in your decision to move forward with the best procedure for you. Confidence. Personalized care. Impeccable results. That’s the Stark Difference. Discover that difference yourself by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stark today.
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