Liquid Rhinoplasty is probably one of the greatest things invented in plastic surgery. Not too long ago, if you wanted to have a smaller or straighter nose your only option was to have a rhinoplasty. However, with the rise of injectable fillers, you can now fix your nose in under 15 minutes. The non-surgical nose job or liquid rhinoplasty is an effective option for those who don’t want to undergo surgical procedures. It is quick, painless and requires no recovery time. Nevertheless, before you consider the “lunchtime nose job,” here are some facts you need to know.

1. You’ve got choices – Temporary or Permanent

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Plastic surgeon preparing for a nose job

First and foremost, liquid rhinoplasty use fillers, the same ones used for lip enhancement. Restylane, Voluma, Bellafill, and Juvederm are the most commonly used fillers. The Doctor will usually begin by “filling the areas of a structural deficiency in the nose”- according to Dr. Cangello. As any filler, the liquid nose job is usually temporary. It could last anywhere from three months to two years. Of course, it depends on the type of filler used and the way the person’s body responds to the filler. However, Bellafill is permanent filler which usually lasts for several years. Most doctors will recommend temporary fillers. They see how the person is responding to the fillers before recommending the permanent solution. 1

The permanent fillers are usually done in three separate sessions. The first session will begin with injecting the permanent filler. After six weeks, the patients come back in two spaced out sessions for more fillers. The reason for the spaced-out sessions is because the micro-drops that are in the fillers. They are drops and are perceived as a foreign invader in the body and in turn, your body will create fibroblasts, a defensive tissue; which is why it is a long process. The very permanent solution is always the surgical route.

2. Non-surgical nose job and the Risks Involved 

In the wrong hands, the non-surgical nose job could be very dangerous. With any injection, there are risks involved; such as swelling, bruising, bleeding. But because the nose is such a delicate area, there is a real potential of major complications. “Vascular compromise leading to skin necrosis (actual death of skin because of decreased blood flow to the area) is the dreaded risk of liquid rhinoplasty. It can either occur from filler material actually getting into blood vessels, or from filler material pushing on blood vessels under the skin.”-Pub Med. 2

So, do your research and make sure the person injecting this sensitive area is a properly trained medical doctor. Although the risks of this procedure are very low, you will fill 100 times more at ease by choosing a competent and experienced doctor.

3. Liquid Rhinoplasty and its Cost

So, you want a non-invasive way of making your nose to look pretty, but can you afford it? On average, rhinoplasties can cost up to $15,000. 3 Non-surgical nose job or Liquid rhinoplasty, on the other hand, average to $1000-$5000, depending on the doctor/ the frequency in which you get the procedure and your location.

4. The Liquid Rhinoplasty and You

liquid rhinoplasty before and after

So far, we’ve learned about the procedure, the risks, and the cost, but is the non-surgical nose job the right thing for you? According to cosmetic surgeons, the best candidates for this procedure are patients with minor irregularities, asymmetrical nose shape, have a hump on the Nose Bridge, or bumps and dips. 4

It is also a great option for people that are afraid of going under the knife or being under anesthesia. The non-invasive procedure gives a subtle change in your appearance and to your nasal profile immediately after the injection. The nose is a very noticeable feature on the face and it could have a large impact on your overall appearance. It is a revolutionary procedure to be able to effectively reshape and sculpt the nose to a more symmetrical look. Of course, the best way to know if this is the right option for you is to consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

5. Recovery – If There is One

The liquid rhinoplasty is a painless procedure. The plastic surgeon will put on numbing cream before injecting the area. There is little to no downtime after the procedure. 5 There could be moderate swelling and some bruising for a few days, but that will subside and you can see immediate results. The doctor will usually ice the area after the injection to minimize the bruising and swelling. If the redness and bruising are still there after a week, most places will have lasers that will fix that.