A non-surgical nose job, otherwise known as a liquid nose job or liquid rhinoplasty, is an increasingly popular way to reshape the nose without surgery and incisions. While a traditional rhinoplasty performed by a plastic surgeon can be painful, costly and have a considerably lengthy downtime, liquid nose jobs are much more affordable and much less painful.
You can correct those self-conscious curves, lumps, and bumps and make your nose appear smaller and more defined. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.
Here’s everything you need to know about non-surgical nose jobs.
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What Is a Liquid Nose Job?
A liquid nose job procedure is ideal for patients who are not quite ready for a permanent under-the-knife solution or have concerns about the risks and recovery time involved in traditional rhinoplasty surgery. Going under the needle is a less complicated, lower downtime procedure to smooth out imperfections.
Although non-surgical nose jobs can lift your nasal tip, straighten the appearance of a crooked nose, and smooth out bumps on the bridge of your nose, you cannot vastly change the appearance without going under the knife.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses a blend of dermal fillers to change the shape of your nose. The filler is injected carefully under your skin into the areas that need more volume or be smoothed. The filler will settle into the site it is injected and hold its shape for up to three years, depending on the product used.
Frequently used popular fillers such as Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse possess active ingredients that encourage your body to produce collagen naturally. Hyaluronic acid is present in your body and will promote collagen production to create healthy and voluminous tissue that will correct the asymmetry of your nose, reduce the appearance of bumps and improve the tip of your nose. The changes are positively dramatic.
Juvederm and Restylane offer hyaluronic acid fillers explicitly formulated to add volume to the midface. The injections comprise a thick, gel-like consistency known to be an incredibly durable, volume-enhancing filler. When applied, it restores volume to different areas of your face and gives natural-looking enhancement. In addition, your practitioner can further enhance the treatment with Botox, which will reduce the look for fine lines and wrinkles on your face.
How Long Does a Liquid Nose Job Last?
The good thing is that although a non-surgical nose job is considered a non-permanent treatment, the results can last between 12 and 18 months. Restylane and Juvederm Voluma are the longest-lasting products on the market at the moment. A non-surgical treatment has far lower risks than a traditional rhinoplasty surgery. It is the ideal choice if you are looking for something natural looking. The non-surgical route is also an excellent test to determine whether or not a surgical procedure is a suitable option for you. Dermal fillers are not permanent and are entirely reversible.
What Is the Liquid Nose Job Procedure?
You will have a full consultation with your clinician to discuss the various options you have to improve the appearance of your nose. Once you are happy, the doctor will apply topical numbing cream to your nose and the surrounding areas to ensure that the injections are as pain-free as possible. The entire procedure will only take about 15 to 20 minutes, so you can see why it has earned the nickname of the lunchtime nose job. Immediately after treatment, you will apply an ice compress to reduce swelling and bruising. To avoid bruising, your surgeon will recommend avoiding using ibuprofen or aspirin immediately before treatment.
Is There Any Downtime?
The great thing about a liquid nose job is its distinct lack of downtime. Although you might feel a little tender immediately after your treatment and experience mild redness, swelling, and occasional bruising, this is to be expected. A traditional rhinoplasty can have a minimum downtime of a week, but with a liquid nose job, you can go straight back to the office. It is recommended that you avoid heavy exercise or intense heat, such as a steam room or sauna, for a couple of days immediately post-treatment.
Are Liquid Nose Jobs Safe?
Liquid nose job procedures have minimal risks and low side effects. Clinical studies have shown that complications only occur in 1.82% of non-surgical nose job treatments. It’s essential that a board-certified medical professional carries out your non-surgical nose job and has your safety and satisfaction as their top priority.
Who Can Have a Liquid Nose Job?
Anyone that doesn’t like their nose! The only candidate restrictions are patients that have existing health problems such as a deviated septum. In this case, your surgeon will recommend you consider traditional rhinoplasty surgery to rectify the condition during the procedure. Liquid nose job patients in Australia must be at least 18 years old before having their first treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Typically, you will see a slight swelling and redness in the area of the liquid nose job injections; this should only last a day or two after the procedure. The occasional patient may experience filler migration, which means that the filler moves to another area of your nose or the area under your eyes, making it look slightly plump. You might feel temporarily nauseous.
Your nose and areas around your eyes are sensitive, which is why it is so important that you use a board-certified medical professional. Although a tiny percentage of patients can experience further complications, it is important to report fever, blurred vision, allergic reactions, or redness, and bruising spreads or worsens.
A liquid nose job really is a lunchtime procedure. It’s relatively painless, and the downtime is minimal. It is perfect for minor nose adjustments and those who do not want to undergo traditional rhinoplasty surgery.