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Is a Non-Surgical Nose Job Worth It?

If you had a choice, would you pick a procedure that required days and days of downtime or one that let you get back to your everyday life almost immediately? Would you prefer a procedure that gave you long-lasting, nearly permanent results or one offering only temporary benefits? These are the kinds of questions you’ll need to consider when choosing the type of rhinoplasty procedure that’s right for you. 

Deciding between a traditional, surgical rhinoplasty or a non-surgical, "liquid" nose job can be challenging. For some people, the benefits of a surgical procedure outweigh the lifestyle and schedule adjustments the procedure demands. For others, a non-surgical treatment's benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

If you are contemplating a nose job of any type, it's worthwhile to learn more about the non-surgical option, how it compares to surgery, and if it's the right pick for your needs.

What Is a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses injectable dermal fillers to correct cosmetic issues or concerns with a person's nose. The fillers used are the same as those a surgeon might use to fill lines and wrinkles or add volume to the face for rejuvenation purposes. The procedure can change certain aspects of the nose's shape and alter its size in some ways. 

Since a liquid rhinoplasty affects only the exterior of the nose, it won't change the nasal structure. If you are considering rhinoplasty to correct functional problems with your nose, such as difficulty breathing, a non-surgical procedure will most likely not be a good option and you may need surgery.  

When it comes to changing the size and shape of the nose, liquid rhinoplasty is somewhat limited in what it can do. It can fill in depressed areas on the nose or help to make bumps less prominent. If the nose is on the small side, liquid rhinoplasty can help to augment it. However, some complex cosmetic concerns simply cannot be addressed with non-surgical techniques. 

What Are the Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

For many people, the biggest benefit of a non-surgical nose job is that it involves a much smaller time commitment. LIke many treatments with fillers, the entire process usually takes less than an hour or even less than 30 minutes to perform. 

Once the injections are over, recovery is usually quick. You don't have to take days and days off from work, nor do you need to make major changes to your habits and schedule. Your surgeon will let you know when it's OK to go back to work. In some cases, it might be as soon as the next day. They'll also let you know what you can do to improve your comfort right after the injections and what activities you might want to avoid temporarily.

What Are the Risks of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Like any cosmetic procedure, non-surgical rhinoplasty does carry some risks. You can reduce the risk of complications after a liquid rhinoplasty by working with a surgeon who has experience in nasal procedures and expertise in working with fillers.

If the person performing the injections doesn't place the filler in exactly the right spot, there is a chance that the substance will interfere with blood flow, possibly causing long-lasting damage to the skin. Fortunately, when the procedure is performed by a trained surgeon, the risk of misplaced injections is very rare.

Although a liquid rhinoplasty won't disrupt your life as much as surgery, it is worth noting that temporary bruising and swelling around the nose are possible side effects. Your surgeon might recommend using ice to keep the swelling down. If bruising is severe, you might be able to cover it with makeup until it fades.

How Does a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Compare to Surgery?

The process of non-surgical rhinoplasty is considerably different from the surgical process. During a surgical rhinoplasty, your surgeon will usually give you general anesthesia, so that you'll be fully asleep. During liquid rhinoplasty, you might be given a topical anesthetic to make the treatment more comfortable, but usually only if you request it. 

Incisions are a necessary part of rhinoplasty surgery. Depending on the type of procedure, the incision might be made just underneath your nostrils, on the outside of the nose, or all of the incisions might be made on the interior of your nose. No incisions are necessary during liquid rhinoplasty.

Finally, the results you get from surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty are considerably different. The changes a surgeon makes to your nose during surgical rhinoplasty are permanent. Although your nose might change slightly as you get older, the results will never wear off.

The results you get from a liquid rhinoplasty are temporary. Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the fillers used, you can expect results to last for less than a year. If you're not happy with your results, your surgeon might be able to reverse the procedure early by injecting an enzyme that will dissolve the fillers. 

Learn More About Rhinoplasty from a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer both surgical rhinoplasty and dermal fillers and can help you decide which type of nose reshaping procedure is best for you. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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