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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping surgery, is considered one of the top five most sought-after cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. This technique can provide significant improvements to one’s appearance by reframing the features and enhancing the shape and size of the nose. However, its high cost and lengthy recovery period can discourage people from undertaking the surgery.
Thankfully, the latest advances in technology have made safer, non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures possible. These techniques are designed to bring similar results with fewer risks and side effects. Compared to traditional rhinoplasty that requires at least a month of recovery, non-surgical nose jobs are quick, painless, and non-invasive.
If you wish to achieve a straighter, more proportional nose, minimally-invasive rhinoplasty may be a good option for you. It is ideal for anyone who wants to make subtle changes to their appearance and correct minor flaws found on the nostrils, bridge, or tip.
How does non-surgical rhinoplasty work?
A liquid rhinoplasty or non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the injection of Hyaluronic acid fillers into various parts of the nose to modify its shape. Fillers can be injected above and below the bump of the nose to straighten hooked noses. They can also be used to lift a drooping nose tip, smoothen tiny indentations, and correct subtle asymmetries.
This technique can be useful for patients that have undergone rhinoplasty in the past and seek to address post-operative irregularities. Injections for these patients, however, must be delivered with extra caution. Past surgery had already modified their blood supply which, in turn, increases their risk of complications.
Your facial cosmetic surgeon will conduct an extensive examination of your nose beforehand. Measurements and photos will also be taken for precise results. The goal is to correct nasal imperfections without disrupting the nose’s harmony with the face.
The filler is injected through a tiny needle and molded after to achieve the desired shape. The patient is given minimal aftercare instructions, such as avoiding wearing sunglasses for a few days. The entire procedure takes only 10-15 minutes, and the results are almost instantaneous.
Since general anesthesia is not necessary for non-surgical rhinoplasty, the patient may offer feedback during the procedure. This gives you better control over the final outcome and lessens the risk of mistakes and disfigurement.
Benefits of non-surgical rhinoplasty
In traditional rhinoplasty, the skin, bone, and cartilage are reshaped to modify the appearance of the nose and achieve greater facial harmony. The procedure comes with a week or two of downtime, and results can take more than six months to fully appear.
While there’s no denying the benefits of nasal surgery, not everyone is ready to embrace permanent alterations to their nose. With non-surgical rhinoplasty, you have the chance to make adjustments over time, as results are reversible. They can last anywhere between eight months to two years depending on the filler used.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty does not involve any incisions or external scarring. The filler is administered using a very fine needle. You may notice minor swelling and red dots on the areas where the injections took place, but these will all subside within a day or two.
With surgical rhinoplasty, swelling can last for months and bruising is more apparent. Patients may have to use bandages and splints that require follow-up appointments.
Recovery from a non-surgical nose job is quick and comfortable. Some patients may experience redness or mild swelling, but these will usually heal within hours or a few days. Most doctors will apply a topical numbing cream to provide patients with a safe and comfortable procedure. You don’t have to worry about concealing your face or missing work and social activities after. No one would even notice that you underwent a procedure.
The liquid rhinoplasty technique is completely tailored to help you achieve your desired results. The amount of filler and injection sites will be carefully selected to suit your nasal shape while adding subtle improvements.
The decision to change any part of your face requires unwavering commitment. This is why reversible and low-maintenance treatments like injectable rhinoplasty have become so popular recently.
Following a non-surgical nose job, you can choose to have the results reversed. Surgeons inject an enzyme called hyaluronidase which allows your body to safely absorb the filler in 12-18 months. This enables your nose to return to its original appearance over time.
Patients who underwent non-surgical rhinoplasty can immediately return to work the same or next day, as opposed to surgery where the healing period can take up to two weeks.
Who can benefit from non-invasive rhinoplasty?
Injectable rhinoplasty can be safely performed on anyone since it does not involve risky sutures, incisions, or anesthesia. The treatment is perfect for patients seeking mild to moderate nasal adjustments or just wanting to try out its effects without the long-term commitment of surgery.
However, non-surgical rhinoplasty has its limitations. It may not be the best choice for anyone wishing to achieve more dramatic external results. Nor will it be enough to correct breathing difficulties caused by abnormalities like a deviated septum.
The nose is a central part of the face and thus makes a big difference to your overall appearance. Having a crooked or prominent nose can affect a person’s self-esteem and quality of life. Enhancing your nose will not only help improve facial symmetry but also increase your confidence.
Get natural-looking results that last
If you’re self-conscious about your nose and want to improve its appearance without worrying about the pain or the hassle of recovery, liquid rhinoplasty is the best option for you.
At Vargas Face and Skin, our mission is to help you look and feel your best. Our board-certified specialists have over 10 years of experience delivering cosmetic procedures for men and women alike. We work closely with each client, providing expertise and care throughout their aesthetic journey.