At A Glance

Best Results

1 treatment

Best Results
Best Results

Best Results

1 treatment

Duration of Results

6 - 12 months

Duration of Results
Duration of Results

Duration of Results

6 - 12 months

Treatment recovery

3 - 4 hours

Treatment recovery
Treatment recovery

Treatment recovery

3 - 4 hours

Risks & complications

Medium

Risks & complications
Risks & complications

Risks & complications

Medium

Anaesthetic

Numbing cream/local anaesthetic

Anaesthetic
Anaesthetic

Anaesthetic

Numbing cream/local anaesthetic

Procedure time

20 - 40 min

Procedure time
Procedure time

Procedure time

20 - 40 min

Skin specialist

Nurse/ Doctor/ Dentist

Skin specialist
Skin specialist

Skin specialist

Nurse/ Doctor/ Dentist

Back to work

Same day

Back to work
Back to work

Back to work

Same day

Liquid Rhinoplasty Overview

Liquid rhinoplasty, or liquid nose job, is a non-surgical alternative to rhinoplasty (nose job).

Strategically placed hyaluronic acid fillers help address nose asymmetry and profile issues such as bumps and droopy tips. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not suitable for those looking to address uneven nostril size, a deviated septum, broken nose repair or to reduce the size of the nose.

The nose has critical arteries running across it, so it is imperative that you choose a suitably medically qualified and experienced practitioner to carry out your liquid rhinoplasty.

There are over 60 brands of dermal filler available in the UK. The two most commonly used for liquid nose jobs are Restylane Lyft® and Juvéderm Voluma®. These are both hyaluronic acid-based fillers which will last 6-12+ months.

There are products available which can dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers, so the effects of these fillers are not only temporary, but they can be reversed if necessary. The products to dissolve fillers are prescription medicines and must be performed by an expert.

Many dermal filler products are available with the addition of 0.3% lidocaine combined with the hyaluronic acid gel in the syringe. This provides an instant relief from pain upon injection and removes the need for a separate nerve block or topical anaesthesia. However, practitioners want you to feel as comfortable as possible, so you will likely be offered a topical numbing cream or a dental block, depending on the treatment and preference of the practitioner.

This Glowday Treatment Guide has been edited and medically verified by Andrew Rankin.

How does a liquid nosejob treatment work?

The leading dermal fillers used by most UK practitioners are hyaluronic acid-based products. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the body, which makes adverse reactions to it unlikely. When injected into the skin, the filler plumps out hollow areas, instantly adding volume and shape where necessary.

Medically qualified, experienced practitioners are more able to navigate the complex network of arteries in the nose, taking into consideration anatomical variation between individuals than non-medically qualified practitioners. The safest filler treatments are those administered by experienced, medically qualified practitioners.

Your practitioner will tailor the treatment to your specific nose and facial anatomy. The idea is to create a natural looking nose, in keeping with the rest of your face.

Who can have liquid rhinoplasty?

Liquid rhinoplasty can help address nose asymmetry and profile issues such as bumps and droopy tips.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not suitable for those looking to address uneven nostril size, a deviated septum, broken nose repair or to reduce the size of the nose.

As hyaluronic acid-based fillers use a substance already produced by the body, they can be used on all adults.

How do you prepare for liquid rhinoplasty?

In the week before the treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E and fish oil supplements as these may increase bleeding and bruising.

You can take paracetamol.

What happens during a liquid rhinoplasty treatment?

Step One - Consultation and Consent

It is important to understand that, whilst dermal fillers are not prescription only medicines, the medication needed to dissolve fillers, hyaluronidase, is.

Step Two - The Treatment

Your treatment will take around 15-30 minutes.

The first part of your treatment will be administering an anaesthetic to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

Step Three - The Check-Up

It is good practice for your practitioner to offer a free check-up, two weeks after your treatment. This allows them to check that the dose they administered was appropriate for the agreed outcome.

Step Four - The Repeat Treatment

Depending on how quickly you metabolise the filler and which product you were treated with, you will require a repeat treatment 6-24 months after your initial treatment.

Your practitioner will advise regarding when you may require a repeat treatment.

What should you do after having liquid rhinoplasty?

After your treatment, you can go about your normal day.

Post-treatment advice may include:

  • iced water soaks or ice packs to help to reduce swelling (although this is generally not required);
  • the use of painkillers such as paracetamol, is often not required but may be used if needed for a few days after treatment;
  • arnica (a homeopathic remedy) cream or tablets are sometimes recommended a few days before and a few days after treatment as there is some evidence that this can reduce bruising. Bruising and swelling should go down after a couple of days but can persist for a week.

If you continue to experience excessive swelling, pain, skin colour changes or if any blistering occurs, you should contact your practitioner immediately.

Similarly, if you experience any delayed reactions such as lumpy redness occurring any time after treatment, you should contact the person who treated you immediately.

What are the side effects and risks when having a non-surgical nose job?

Depending on the area being injected, the type of filler and the pain relief method being used, clients may find this procedure uncomfortable to mildly painful. Dermal filler injections around the nose and lips are usually the most painful filler treatments. That said, most clients find filler treatments bearable.

You must discuss pain management options with your practitioner and let them know if you are finding the procedure too uncomfortable.

The obvious, immediate and most common side effect is slight bleeding after the needle has been inserted into the skin. Other risks include bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling around the injection site. These signs may take 2-3 days to vanish completely, especially around the lips where there is little flesh and skin is tender.

Occasionally, a ‘bleb’ will occur. This is where the filler has been injected too superficially (close to the surface) and will need to be dissolved.

Rarely, allergic type reactions can occur after a filler treatment. These include prolonged redness, swelling, itching and/or hardness and bumps in the skin. Such signs may appear at some or all injection points. Sometimes, they can last several months or longer, but this is extremely unusual.

Rarely, occlusions occur. This is where filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, where it creates a blockage. This presents as whitening of the skin, followed by the area turning greyish-purple. If left untreated, this can result in tissue loss in the affected area. There have been reports of this in lip and nose treatments.

One particular type of occlusion is an ocular occlusion. This is where a blood vessel supplying the eye gets blocked. This results in partial or complete blindnes

Obviously, if you exhibit any symptoms of occlusion, you need to seek the advice of your practitioner and/or visit accident and emergency immediately. You will need to be prescribed emergency treatment medicines, which is why it is important that you have access to a practitioner who is able to prescribe medicine.

As with any skin treatment, injections should be avoided in areas where the skin is swollen or where infections are present - e.g. active acne.

If you have a history of cold sores, or fever blisters in the treated area, filler injections may cause them to break out. In these cases, your practitioner may recommend that you take a course of anti-viral medicine before the treatment to help reduce the likelihood of an outbreak.

If you have a known allergy to hyaluronic fillers or any of the ingredients in the filler product, you must inform your practitioner. An alternative treatment will need to be carried out.

Dermal fillers have not been tested on pregnant women. No medically qualified practitioner would carry out a filler treatment on a pregnant woman.

How much does liquid rhinoplasty cost?

Costs vary depending mostly on the type of dermal filler used, the area of the face to be filled and the degree of filling to the skin required.

Generally, prices for dermal fillers are based upon the estimated number of syringes needed to obtain the required result. Typically, fillers are sold in 1ml syringes, except Radiesse® which comes in a 1.5ml syringe.

In addition, different filler brands such as Restylane®, Perlane®, Radiesse® and Juvederm® differ in price depending on clinic and/or practitioner.

Hence, overall prices may vary from £300 to over £550 for a liquid rhinoplasty treatment.

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All information in our Glowday Treatment Guides and blog articles is intended for reference and information. The information given here is to help you make informed decisions when considering the wide range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments available.

It is NOT intended as medical advice. Any reliance placed by you on the information contained within the Glowday Treatment Guides, Glowday blog articles or on any of Glowday.com is done by you at your own risk.

Before undergoing any non-surgical cosmetic treatment mentioned anywhere on Glowday.com, you should fully consult with an appropriately qualified and accredited practitioner who is properly trained in and fully insured to conduct the treatment you are interested in. Neither the author of the guides or blog articles, or the practitioner who has verified the guides nor Glowery Limited can be held responsible or liable for any loss or claim arising from the use or misuse of the content of Glowday.com.

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