A traditional surgical nose job usually meets all the needs for those seeking to reshape their nose. But a non-surgical rhinoplasty, often referred to as a liquid nose job or injection rhinoplasty, may be just the thing for patients who only need minor adjustments.
By using the same injectable fillers usually reserved to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging in the face, the nose can be reshaped without the risks, requirements, and downtime of surgery.
A Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty in Brief
A non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure works a lot like the many other cosmetic treatments that use injectable dermal fillers. There are many fillers available, but Dr. Naderi will choose the best one for you based on your goals, your underlying nasal structure, and what gets the best results.
Dr. Naderi generally prefers to use Hyaluronic Acid-based fillers like Restylane because of their safety and effectiveness. But other fillers that are available include Radiesse and Artefill.
Once the topical numbing cream is applied, Dr. Naderi injects the filler into the targeted area slowly, with each injection taking one to three minutes.
Circumstances When It Is and Is Not Recommended
If you are mostly content with the shape and structure of your nose, but require a few touchups, a non-surgical rhinoplasty can save you the hassle and expense of a surgical nose job. But as it is only meant for minor adjustments and reshaping, it can only be performed for cosmetic reasons. Issues with nasal functions cannot be corrected.
A liquid nose job is commonly used by facial plastic surgeons to raise the nasal bridge, straighten the nose, and smooth imperfections. A crooked nose or low nasal bridge are often just hereditary issues, but traumatic injuries can also bend your nose out of shape or leave bumps, dents or other imperfections.
When It Is Recommended
In general, a non-surgical rhinoplasty has the same benefits as any other non-surgical procedure. It is simpler than surgery, takes just a few minutes instead of a few hours to perform, and the recovery downtime is minimal. It also costs a few hundred dollars, while the average cost of surgical rhinoplasty is a few thousand dollars.
A nonsurgical approach may be best if you are unsure of what you would like to have done surgically. Non-surgical rhinoplasty fillers can easily be reversed if you are unhappy with the results. A surgical revision is difficult, costly, and can lead to more problems if the patient isn’t satisfied. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can also be used in lieu of a revision rhinoplasty for minor adjustments to a previous rhinoplasty surgery.
What It Can’t Do
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is only designed to treat cosmetic issues and not functional ones. For various reasons it also may not work on your nose. This is often due to a structurally weak nose that can’t support the additional weight and volume that come from dermal fillers. Finally, like other injectable filler treatments, it is not permanent and must be maintained during follow-up treatments every two years or so.
Where to Go for the Procedure
Because it seems so simple and risk-free patients often assume they don’t need to do all the research they would usually do when seeking a rhinoplasty. But like any nasal procedure it should always be performed by a skilled, board-certified facial plastic surgeon. The nose is a very complex, sensitive, and visually prominent area of the body. You don’t want to encounter any complications.
Some of the results from previous patients can be seen in the non-surgical rhinoplasty section of our photo gallery.
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Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a Washington, D.C. metro area facial plastic surgeon with two conveniently located office locations: Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020) and Herndon, VA (703 481-0002). The doctor can also be reached by email. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the nasal area cosmetically and functionally. He is dedicated to every patient and always seeks the best approach to improve both nasal form and function. His areas of expertise include not only basic rhinoplasty and septoplasty, but also revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction. The results of some of his previous work can be seen in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.
Dr. Naderi is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. If you’re considering a nasal cosmetic procedure, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery.