If you’re unhappy with your nose, you’ve probably assumed your only option in Mechanicsburg was surgical correction. Rhinoplasty (nose job) is one of the most popular elective procedures in Pennsylvania, but there is another alternative you might want to consider: a non-surgical nose job using injectable fillers.
What is a Liquid Rhinoplasty?
The traditional rhinoplasty involves surgery to change the shape of the nose and correct defects. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it can be pretty invasive and require a lengthy recovery time. Bruising and swelling are common. By contrast, a liquid nose job – sometimes referred to as a liquid or non-surgical rhinoplasty – provides results without the need to go under the knife.
In a liquid rhinoplasty, fillers or Botox are injected into the patient with small needles to change the shape of the nose. Results are temporary, as opposed to the traditional nose job, but the trade-off is a non-invasive procedure with fewer side effects and a shorter recovery period. The patient’s skin is numbed with ice prior to the procedure, and then injected with filler or Botox. Both fillers and Botox are used in cosmetic facial procedures to add volume to skin, and prove effective in covering up certain physical features, such as a crooked nose; even out irregularities along the bridge of the nose to make it appear straighter; and disguise bumps on the nose. A liquid nose job can also help fix post-rhinoplasty defects, eliminating the need for a revision surgery.
Is The Procedure Reversable?
There is no pain involved and most patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. If the patient is unhappy with the results, the procedure is reversible; the doctor can dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers with injections of enzymes that break down these ingredients. All medical procedures carry some risk, but liquid nose jobs are considered extremely safe – complications are very rare. Risks are similar to those accompanying the use of hyaluronic fillers in facial injections. Results typically last from nine months to two years, depending on the type of filler used, the patient’s anatomy and the issues being addressed.
There are certain defects liquid rhinoplasty is unable to correct. Patients who want to narrow the nasal tip, reduce wide nostrils or bring the top of the nose closer to their face will need to consider a traditional nose job to address these issues.
If you’ve been considering a nose job and want to learn more your options, schedule a consultation with a qualified Mechanicsburg ENT specialist.