What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is actually a dermal filler procedure that changes the shape of your nose for up to 6 months. You may have heard of nonsurgical rhinoplasty referred to by its nicknames “liquid nose job” or “15-minute nose job.”
Going by the injection is certainly less complicated than going under the knife for a nose job, but modifying the nose’s shape is never risk-free. This article will cover the costs, procedure, recovery, and pros and cons of a liquid rhinoplasty.
A nose job is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. You’ll get general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. With local anesthesia, you will be sedated and your nose will be numbed so you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain.
During an operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils. In more difficult cases, the surgeon may also make cuts across the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance.
Surgical Nose Reshaping Procedure
Nose reshaping is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Depending on the type of surgery you’re having, the surgeon may:
- Make your nose smaller (nose reduction) – by removing some of the cartilage and bone
- Make your nose larger (nose augmentation) – by taking cartilage from the ears and bone from the hips, elbow or skull, and using it to build up the nose (known as a “graft”)
- Change the shape of your nose (including the nostrils) – by breaking the nose bone and rearranging the cartilage
- Change the angle between the nose and top lip
- The skin over the nose should shrink or expand to its new shape.
The operation involves either making a cut across the skin between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty), or tiny cuts inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty).
The procedure can take 1.5 to 3 hours. You’ll probably need to stay in hospital for 1 or 2 nights. You’ll have a dressing on your nose for the first 12 hours after the operation, and a splint held over your nose with tape for 7 days. You may not be able to breathe through your nose for about a week.
Painkillers are given to help control any pain or discomfort.
Non-Surgical Nose Lift Procedure
The procedure for liquid rhinoplasty is fairly simple, especially compared to surgical rhinoplasty.
After a consultation where you discuss your desired results, your doctor will have you lie down with your face tilted up. You may have a topical anesthetic applied to your nose and the surrounding area so you won’t feel pain from the needle.
After the anesthetic takes effect, your doctor will inject the filler into the area around your nose and maybe the bridge of your nose itself. You might feel a slight pinching or pressure while this is done.
A nonsurgical rhinoplasty take from 15 minutes or less to 45 minutes, targeting the bridge, tip, and sides of your nose. Fillers can be injected around any part of your nose to modify its shape.
This procedure works well if you want to:
- Smooth out small bumps in your nose
- Make the tip of your nose more prominent
- Add volume to your nose
- Lift the tip of your nose
- Additionally, if you have a mild prominent bump of the bridge of your nose, it can camouflage it and smooth the contour of your nose profile.
Risks and side effects of Rhinoplasty
For most people, the only side effect of liquid rhinoplasty they’ll see is a little redness and sensitivity in the area of the injection in the day or two after the procedure.
Other possible side effects include:
bruising at the site of the injection
filler migration, meaning the injectable ingredient migrates to other areas of your nose or the area under your eyes, creating a “wavy” or “overfilled” look
The nose is a sensitive area. It’s filled with blood vessels and close to your eyes. That’s why liquid rhinoplasty is somewhat more complicated than other kinds of injectable filler procedures.
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