Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures across all genders, ages and ethnicities. Nose surgery can provide dramatic, or conversely, subtle improvements in the shape and size of the nose, and by doing so, can enhance the overall proportions and aesthetics of the face.
But not everyone is ready for the commitment of surgery. Traditional rhinoplasty requires a financial investment as well as an investment of time for recovery. Healing involves discomfort and downtime, and the final results are slow to emerge. For those seeking an alternative to this approach, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty is an innovative option that can create impressive results without any incisions. Please get in touch with Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery if you would like to discuss how a nonsurgical rhinoplasty may help you achieve your appearance goals.
What Is Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty or a ‘Liquid Nose Job’?
A nonsurgical rhinoplasty temporarily changes the appearance of the nose with dermal filler injections. It can camouflage imperfections from a previous surgical rhinoplasty or correct small concerns such as a dorsal hump, a flat bridge, asymmetry or indentations. It can even create the illusion of a smaller nose when performed by a skilled injector. The procedure does not involve anesthesia, incisions, downtime from activities or a painful recovery period.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is performed with hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers that dissipate naturally over time and can be dissolved quickly with hyaluronidase if needed. Just a few tiny, meticulously placed injections can equal big improvements in the appearance of the nose and face.
Am I a Candidate for Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty?
When performed by a well-trained plastic surgeon with experience and an understanding of the anatomy, it is safe for almost anyone. The ideal nonsurgical rhinoplasty patient desires mild to moderate changes in the appearance of their nose. The procedure can also be used as a “test” to help you envision what you might look like if you decide to have a surgical rhinoplasty. Candidates must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the improvements dermal fillers can achieve.
It’s critical to understand that a nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not an alternative to all kinds of rhinoplasty surgery. It is a viable option for people who can achieve their aesthetic goals by adding to their nose, but it cannot achieve improvements that require removing tissue from the nose. Patients seeking more dramatic changes may find that a nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not enough to meet their needs.
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Concerns Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Can Improve Include:
- Disguise a bump on the nasal bridge
- Define and straighten the nasal bridge
- Smooth small deviations and indentations on the nasal bridge
- Raise a low or flat nasal bridge
- Subtly adjust the angle of the nose
- Improve contour irregularities from trauma or surgical rhinoplasty
- Enhance facial symmetry and harmony
A liquid nose job is not right for everyone. Below are examples of corrections dermal fillers cannot do:
- Remove a large hump on the nasal bridge
- Make the nose physically smaller
- Minimize a bulbous nose tip
- Reduce wide nostrils
- Narrow the nose bridge
- Lift a drooping nose tip
- Repair a deviated septum
- Alleviate breathing issues
Benefits of Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Include:
- Short, in-office procedure
- No anesthesia
- No incisions
- Minimal discomfort
- Little to no downtime
- No splint required for recovery
- Immediate results
- Lower cost than surgery
- Reversible if HA filler is used
The Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Procedure
During your consultation, Dr. Terrasse will listen to your goals and explain what can and cannot be achieved with filler. This initial discussion will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Dr. Terrasse will also use the consultation time to evaluate your face and tailor your procedure to match your unique needs, goals and anatomy. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty requires technical skill as well as an artistic understanding of how the facial features can work in harmony to enhance the face.
After a thorough consultation and discussion of the risks and benefits, the procedure itself typically takes 30 minutes or less. Dr. Terrasse will administer a series of tiny injections as needed to correct your concerns. As he injects the filler, he will massage it and mold it to the desired contour. The injections will instantly add subtle, localized volume for a more balanced appearance that looks natural.
Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results
Swelling and bruising are typically minimal after a nonsurgical rhinoplasty. You’ll be free to return home with few restrictions because there are no negative effects of sedation or general anesthesia to recover from. Many patients feel comfortable resuming their regular activities directly after the procedure. However, Dr. Terrasse recommends avoiding strenuous exercise and any other activities that involve heavy lifting or significant physical exertion. He may also advise you to temporarily stop drinking alcohol or taking medications known to thin the blood.
The results of a nonsurgical rhinoplasty are noticeable right away. Fillers have an immediate volumizing effect, so you’ll be able to see your improvements before you leave the clinic. With your feedback, Dr. Terrasse can gently sculpt the filler to correct asymmetries, smooth bumps and fill depressions until you are satisfied with your results.
The longevity of your treatment will depend on which type of filler is used and how quickly your body metabolizes it. On average, liquid nose job results last one to two years. Some patients may find that they need a touch-up sooner, while others may still have good results after the two-year mark. In all cases, the injections will need to be repeated to maintain the results long-term. The fillers used for nonsurgical rhinoplasty are not permanent.
Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery
For the best and safest outcome, nonsurgical rhinoplasty should be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon who also has experience performing surgical rhinoplasty. A plastic surgeon like Dr. Terrasse has a nuanced understanding of nasal anatomy, facial aesthetics, and where and how to inject safely. In skillful hands, nonsurgical rhinoplasty can provide transformative results.
If you have questions about nonsurgical rhinoplasty, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terrasse to find out if a liquid nose job might be right for you, we invite you to connect with us today. Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery can be reached online or by telephone at 847-234-2400.