You might have heard of liquid rhinoplasty, or you might be familiar with its other names: non-surgical nose job, liquid nose job and non-surgical rhinoplasty. Either way, these FAQs cover everything from what this treatment is to how long the results last. So, you’ll have everything you need to know in no time!
Q. What is liquid rhinoplasty?
Liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical nose job, also sometimes called a liquid nose job. This treatment involves dermal filler being strategically injected into different points of the nose to reshape it.
Q. How does liquid rhinoplasty work?
During liquid rhinoplasty, your practitioner will inject target areas of the nose with dermal filler (most often hyaluronic acid fillers) using a fine needle. The bridge of the nose is often the target of the injections, since there’s less risk of accidentally hitting an artery. Between injections, your practitioner will massage the nose, manipulating the filler until the desired shape is achieved.
Q. What are the liquid rhinoplasty benefits?
Liquid rhinoplasty can help correct nose asymmetry and profile issues to make the nose look more balanced and proportionate.
The nose reshaping treatment can help make the nose appear straighter, correct bumps on the bridge, make it less hooked, lift a downward-pointing nose tip and fill in depressions. The treatment can also heighten the bridge and alter the width of the nose.
Liquid rhinoplasty is less of a commitment than surgical rhinoplasty since the results are temporary, and other factors like downtime, cost, side effects and risks are also reduced - all added benefits.
Q. What type of nose fillers are used in liquid rhinoplasty?
As with lots of other dermal filler treatments, hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular and commonly used type of filler for liquid rhinoplasty, including the brands Restylane and Juvéderm. This type of filler is temporary and will be metabolised by the body.
Q. How long does the liquid rhinoplasty procedure take?
The treatment time of this nose reshaping procedure is pretty short. The treatment itself usually takes less than 15 minutes, with an additional 20 (ish) minutes on top of that for the numbing cream or anaesthetic to take effect (if one is used).
Q. Are there any non-surgical nose job side effects?
As with most aesthetic treatments, there is the potential for some side effects with liquid rhinoplasty. You should expect a little bit of bruising (arnica cream can help with this), swelling and redness after the treatment and maybe even some bleeding at the injection sites. The area might also feel a bit tender afterwards. The good news is, though, that these side effects shouldn’t last long (roughly a few days). If these symptoms persist, contact your practitioner for advice.
More serious liquid rhinoplasty risks can occur, such as occlusions (when filler accidentally blocks a blood vessel). But, these are rare - especially if you choose a medically qualified practitioner.
Q. What’s the recovery time of liquid rhinoplasty?
One of the biggest perks of liquid rhinoplasty is that there’s no downtime afterwards. You’ll be able to go about your day as usual straight after the nose filler treatment.
Q. Does liquid rhinoplasty hurt?
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so this one’s a bit harder to answer. But, generally, liquid nose job treatments can cause a bit of discomfort. But, some form of anaesthetic (numbing cream or local anaesthetic) will likely be applied before the treatment to numb the area and help minimise pain. Lots of fillers also have lidocaine in them - an anaesthetic which will further reduce discomfort.
Q. Is liquid rhinoplasty safe?
Liquid rhinoplasty is a medium-risk treatment, but choosing a medically qualified practitioner (like the ones coming soon to Glowday) can ensure it’s as safe as possible. The nose has lots of important arteries running through it and, if one of these is hit with a needle, there could be all kinds of serious consequences. So, it’s crucial that your practitioner has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and lots of practice. Look at your practitioner’s qualifications before you go ahead with the procedure to check they’re properly qualified.
Q. Should I do anything to prepare for my liquid rhinoplasty treatment?
A week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements as these may increase bleeding and bruising. However, if you are taking any prescribed medicines, including aspirin, do not stop taking them. Instead, chat with your practitioner or GP first.
It’s also best that you steer clear of alcohol for 24 hours before your liquid nose job as this, too, can increase the likelihood of bruising.
Q. Is there anything I should avoid after my liquid rhinoplasty treatment?
After liquid rhinoplasty, there are a few things that you should avoid for roughly 1-2 weeks. These include wearing glasses and having facials or other skin treatments as they can interfere with the filler before it’s fully set.
For 1-2 days after the treatment, you should avoid touching the injected areas, wearing makeup, exercising and being exposed to heat (like saunas).
Your practitioner will give you detailed aftercare advice.
Q. Who is not a suitable candidate for liquid rhinoplasty?
If you want to reduce the size of your nose, liquid rhinoplasty is not the treatment for you. Fillers can plump out points of the nose to alter its shape, but they can’t make the nose smaller. It’s also important to remember that non-surgical rhinoplasty is best for making minor changes and alterations to the nose, rather than delivering drastic differences.
If you have an allergy to any ingredients in the filler, it’s important that you don’t go through with the treatment. And injections are not recommended if your skin is swollen, infected or irritated.
Liquid rhinoplasty is also not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q. Who can perform liquid rhinoplasty?
Nose reshaping treatments should only ever be carried out in a clinic by a medically qualified practitioner. Otherwise, the treatment could be very dangerous and you could end up with unintended results.
Q. What if I don’t like the results of liquid rhinoplasty?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are temporary and, if you’re unhappy with the results, they can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. After the hyaluronidase is injected, the nose will return to its natural shape.
Q. How long do the results of liquid rhinoplasty last?
Each person will metabolise filler at a different rate, but when hyaluronic acid-based fillers are used, liquid rhinoplasty results typically last for 6-18 months. At this point, you can have the treatment repeated if you want to.
So, that’s all the As to the most frequently asked Qs about nose reshaping! If you want to learn more, be sure to check out our liquid rhinoplasty treatment guide for more detailed info.
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