Non-Surgical Nose Job | Liquid Rhinoplasty
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Do you have a flattened or crooked nose? Are your fearful of having invasive surgery? If so, a liquid rhinoplasty might be right for you.
A non-surgical nose job or "liquid rhinoplasty" does not involve incisions or surgery at all. It is simply the strategic use of injectable fillers in the nose to improve the shape or contour of a person's nose as an alternative to surgery. Fillers can be added to depressions or irregularities of the nose, so the procedure augments the nose but does not reduce the nose or make is smaller.
Most commonly, filler is added to the middle one third or upper third of the nose where the skin is generally looser and easily accepts the added filler. Caution must be taken when attempting to change the lower one third of the nose with filler, such as the nasal tip or nostrils, because here, the nose skin is thicker and more adherent to the cartilage underneath. Injection of fillers in this area is riskier and could possibly lead to complications such as overlying skin necrosis.
Common fillers for this medical procedure are Juvederm and Restylane but Voluma can also be used for a longer lasting result. Use of the thicker hyaluronic-acid-based products usually leads to similar results. The results typically last for 6 months to 2 years depending on which filler is used.
Permanent fillers are also a possibility but these material can sometimes lead to unwanted inflammation and undesirable or unpredictable results. The upside of permanent filler is that they last forever. The downside of permanent filler is that if you don't like the result, it lasts forever. The only way to get rid of it, often times, is to surgically remove it, which would leave resultant scars and possible permanent deformity.
Liquid Rhinoplasty Procedure
The liquid rhinoplasty is a medical procedure performed in the office either with topical or no anesthetic. Many of the injectable fillers have lidocaine, a local anesthetic, already in the product so this avoids the need for two injections--one to numb and then another to add the filler. Dr. Wendel or one of his associates performs the injection in his Green Hills office, Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery.
After the procedure, a team member will go over recovery instructions with you. Aftercare instructions are very similar to that of injectable fillers in other parts of the face. It is important not to massage the area or wear glasses for 2-3 days after the procedure because this could lead to a flat spot or depression in that area.
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