Liquid Rhinoplasty: A Non-Surgical Option to Sculpt a Stunning Nose
Surgical nose reshaping—rhinoplasty—was the third most performed facial cosmetic surgery in 2022, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ latest procedural statistics report. The society also reported that U.S. rhinoplasty surgery numbers experienced the second biggest increase—37%— between 2019 and 2022. Meanwhile, the number of Americans seeking minimally invasive dermal filler treatment surged 70% between 2019 and 2022, reaching an all-time high of almost 4.9 million.
With extensive rhinoplasty expertise and long-term experience enhancing facial features with dermal fillers, the plastic surgeons at Southwest Florida’s Naples Plastic Surgery advise some patients seeking nose reshaping that dermal fillers offer a viable non-surgical option to secure their desired aesthetic results. Known as liquid rhinoplasty, this minimally invasive procedure can be ideal for those interested in reshaping nose contours without surgery. Read on to learn more.
What is Liquid Rhinoplasty?
Liquid rhinoplasty relies on dermal fillers to smooth out bumps, enhance symmetry, and reshape nose contours. With extensive training and an intricate knowledge of facial and nasal anatomy, board-certified plastic surgeons know how to use the filler to sculpt desired changes. Surgeons inject the dermal filler under the skin in areas of the nose targeted for increased volume and then gently smooth it out to create the desired contours. Most dermal fillers are formulated with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar compound that works with collagen and elastin fibers to maintain the skin’s volume and help keep it hydrated.
How Does it Differ from Traditional Surgical Rhinoplasty?
The most significant difference between liquid rhinoplasty and a traditional nose job is that the latter is a complicated surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and considerable recovery time. Liquid rhinoplasty can be performed in under a half hour with a few injections that may cause some minor discomfort but do not require any downtime for recovery. While liquid rhinoplasty results are immediately apparent, it may take weeks to see the results of a nose job while you wait for the incisions to heal and the swelling to subside.
Another difference between the two is that liquid rhinoplasty results are temporary because the body gradually breaks down and absorbs the hyaluronic acid. While first-time liquid rhinoplasty results can last up to two years, touch-up sessions can prolong the duration of the filler’s efficacy.
Suitable Candidates for Liquid Rhinoplasty
A liquid rhinoplasty may be the perfect option for those who have minor aesthetic concerns about their nose. Dermal fillers can correct many asymmetry issues, obscure a dorsal hump, and even out a drooping nasal tip. The procedure may work perfectly for those who cannot afford the cost of surgical rhinoplasty or want to avoid the downtime needed for rhinoplasty recovery. Dermal filler treatment can also help correct minor irregularities that a rhinoplasty failed to resolve and is used by some patients as a trial run to assess whether they want to undergo surgical nose sculpting.
Because liquid rhinoplasty adds volume to the nose, it is not a good option for those wanting to sculpt a smaller nose. It is also not a suitable option for those needing to correct breathing problems or who need to fix significant issues like a badly broken or significantly crooked nose. Those who regularly wear glasses may also not be good candidates because patients are advised not to wear glasses for up to two weeks after a liquid rhinoplasty.
Liquid Rhinoplasty Benefits
Using a dermal filler to reshape one’s nose or fix minor irregularities is a proven option that delivers aesthetically pleasing results without surgery. While liquid rhinoplasty may not be suitable for everyone who wishes to resculpt their nose, the procedure’s benefits may make it a more viable option than surgical rhinoplasty. To recap, these options include:
- Immediate results.
- Quick and easy.
- No downtime.
- Results are easily reversible if dissatisfied.
- Proven safe with a low complication rate.
- Far less expensive than surgical rhinoplasty.
Learn More About Nose Sculpting by Contacting Naples Plastic Surgery Today
If you’re interested in learning more about surgical and non-surgical options for reshaping your nose in the Southwest Florida area, one of our surgeons will be glad to consult with you. To schedule your consultation, contact Naples Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611.