Liquid Nose Job Vs. Rhinoplasty

Often patients in Columbia do not want to undergo plastic surgery, but are unhappy with the appearance of their noses. A liquid nose job can be an alternative to a rhinoplasty in this case.

What is a liquid nose job?

It is a minimally invasive procedure that produces temporary results. It is not a replacement for rhinoplasty surgery, but it can smooth unwanted bumps and improve the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape and size of the nose.

How does a liquid nose job compare to a rhinoplasty?

A liquid nose job — also called nonsurgical rhinoplasty — can fix irregularities along the bridge of the nose by adding filler above and below a dorsal hump. The filler camouflages the hump. The treatment can also raise the nasal bridge, improving symmetry, tip projection, and tip shape. Lastly, fillers can be used in the nostril rims to bring them down or in the columella to help elevate the nose tip.

Rhinoplasty corrects a visible bump, a droopy or enlarged nasal tip, crookedness, and asymmetry. The surgical option can also treat breathing problems and change the size of your nose, which cannot be done with fillers.

What are the benefits of a liquid nose job?

This treatment has less downtime than traditional cosmetic nose surgery. Most patients can return to work on the same day as the procedure. Also, the results are immediate and there is no significant swelling or pain. A rhinoplasty requires up to two weeks of downtime and the results gradually appear over several months.

Another benefit to a liquid nose job is that the treatment can be reversed if you don’t like the results. It is much more difficult to revise a rhinoplasty.

What are the downsides of a liquid nose job?

The results are temporary. They can last 6 months to 2 years depending on the filler used. You will have to repeat the treatment to maintain the results. A rhinoplasty, on the other hand, will last a lifetime.

Also, if you continue with maintenance treatments for several years, the costs could approach that of surgical rhinoplasty.

Though a liquid nose job may seem like an easy quick fix, I recommend a traditional rhinoplasty for more long-lasting results. If you have any questions about rhinoplasty, or want to discuss your options, request a consultation online or give us a call at (573) 443-5500.

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John J. Seaberg, MD, FACS