Non-surgical Rhinoplasty, often referred to as “liquid rhinoplasty“, has gained significant popularity in recent times. This procedure offers individuals a non-invasive option for nose reshaping, catering to those who prioritize beauty and aesthetics.
By opting for this innovative approach, individuals can achieve their desired nose enhancements without the need for surgical intervention. Instead of undergoing a traditional surgical procedure involving incisions and a scalpel, this technique involves the precise administration of injectable substances using a needle.1Moon HJ. Injection rhinoplasty using filler. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2018 Aug; 26(3): 323-330. doi:10.1016/j.fsc.2018.03.006
What Is Non-surgical Rhinoplasty?
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to reshape and enhance the nose’s appearance. The procedure uses an injectable to change the shape of your nose. 2[Carvalho, B., Ballin, A. C., Becker, R. V., Berger, C. A. S., Hurtado, J. G., & Mocellin, M. (2012). Rhinoplasty and facial asymmetry: Analysis of subjective and anthropometric factors in the Caucasian nose. International archives of otorhinolaryngology, 16, 445-451.]
It is a non-invasive technique as compared to traditional surgical procedures. The technique involves the automatic placement of dermal fillers through a fine needle. At the same time, surgical rhinoplasty is an open surgery that is performed in a hospital environment with a well-trained theater staff.
Who needs Liquid Rhinoplasty?
A non-surgical rhinoplasty will be the best treatment option for you if you have:
- Dropped nasal tip (Nasal Tip Ptosis)
- Small bumps on your nose
- Skinny nose with no volume
- Lax nose tip and want to make it beautiful and prominent
Liquid rhinoplasty will not help you out if you have a small nose and want to make it bigger in size. It is also not suitable for you if you have prominent bumps on the bridge of your nose.
What is the Procedure?
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty procedures are typically conducted in an outpatient setting, where the dermatologist engages in a detailed conversation with the patient regarding their desired nose contour and shape. Once the consultation is complete, the patient assumes a comfortable position for the procedure.
To ensure minimal discomfort, a topical anesthetic is applied before the procedure commences. The dermatologist then proceeds with the utmost care, injecting the filler into specific areas of the nose to achieve the desired shape and symmetry. This meticulous process allows for precise adjustments to be made.
The filler commonly used in these procedures is hyaluronic acid, a gel-like substance that effectively contours the skin. In some cases, Botox may also be incorporated as part of the treatment plan to enhance the results further.
3Baser B, Singh P, Shubha P, Roy PK, Chaubey P. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty and Use of Hyaluronic Acid Based Dermal Filler-User Experience in Few Subjects. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Mar;73(1):52-58. doi: 10.1007/s12070-020-02100-8. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID: 33643885; PMCID: PMC7881997.
These fillers are chosen for their ability to add volume, sculpt, and contour the nose.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty allows for detailed customization, as the doctor can add or subtract filler to create the perfect result.
Following the injection of the filler, the patient is advised to recline and rest for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, it is recommended to take a few deep breaths to ensure comfort and allow the filler to settle properly.
One of the significant advantages of nonsurgical rhinoplasty is the minimal downtime associated with the procedure. After completion, the patient can typically resume their daily activities, including work, immediately. They are even capable of driving themselves back to their workplace without any concerns. This convenience allows for a swift return to normal routines without significant interruptions.
Advantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty offers several advantages over traditional surgical rhinoplasty. Here are some key benefits:
Liquid rhinoplasty is a noninvasive procedure compared to surgical rhinoplasty. It does not require general anesthesia and provides a safe treatment option.
Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, which requires weeks or even months for recovery, nonsurgical rhinoplasty has very little downtime. Patients may resume their routine activities immediately after the procedure.
- Quick results:
One of the most wonderful aspects of nonsurgical rhinoplasty is the immediate and noticeable results. The patient notices the change in appearance and better nose contouring right after the procedure. In surgical rhinoplasty, the patient has to wait a long time to heal the surgical scar and then notice the changes.
Another advantage of nonsurgical rhinoplasty is that the results are not permanent. Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, which permanently alters the nasal structure, the effects of nonsurgical rhinoplasty are temporary. This aspect provides flexibility and allows individuals to make adjustments if desired.
Noninvasive rhinoplasty allows a significant degree of customization. The medical expert can carefully customize the procedure to the patient’s unique requirements, considering asymmetries, bumps, or other aesthetic problems.
Risks of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty outnumbers the benefits; some risks associated with liquid rhinoplasty are below.
In nonsurgical rhinoplasty, doctors utilize fillers in gel form. If the doctor lacks expertise, there is a risk of displacing these fillers to an incorrect position on the face. This can lead to an uneven or asymmetrical appearance of the nose.
- Risk of Allergy:
When it comes to injecting foreign substances or medications, there is always a certain degree of risk associated with developing an allergic reaction. This risk extends to hyaluronic acid, the common filler used in liquid rhinoplasty procedures.
- Unexpected Results:
In comparison to open rhinoplasty, which surgically corrects the alignment of the nose, the outcomes of nonsurgical rhinoplasty may vary from the anticipated results.
- Temporary Treatment:
It’s important to note that the effects of nonsurgical rhinoplasty are not permanent and typically last for a limited duration, usually several months.
Following the procedure, it is common for the nose to experience swelling or bruising as a temporary side effect.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty for Deviated Septum
A deviated septum is a prevalent condition wherein the nasal septum, a thin wall that separates the nostrils, becomes displaced to one side from its normal position. This displacement leads to breathing difficulties, snoring, and other related problems.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a treatment option for deviated nasal septum. It effectively enhances a person’s aesthetics but does not correct a deviated septum as it is non-surgical.
Take Home Message
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is safe and effective. It is a better alternative to open-surgery rhinoplasty. The procedure is relatively cost-effective, with minimal risks, and produces natural results. Not only is the procedure much less time-consuming, but it also allows for gradual changes that can be tailored to each individual’s facial features. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is an increasingly popular choice for those seeking a subtle change to their facial profile without the risk and recovery time associated with traditional surgery.
- 1Moon HJ. Injection rhinoplasty using filler. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2018 Aug; 26(3): 323-330. doi:10.1016/j.fsc.2018.03.006
- 2[Carvalho, B., Ballin, A. C., Becker, R. V., Berger, C. A. S., Hurtado, J. G., & Mocellin, M. (2012). Rhinoplasty and facial asymmetry: Analysis of subjective and anthropometric factors in the Caucasian nose. International archives of otorhinolaryngology, 16, 445-451.]
- 3Baser B, Singh P, Shubha P, Roy PK, Chaubey P. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty and Use of Hyaluronic Acid Based Dermal Filler-User Experience in Few Subjects. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Mar;73(1):52-58. doi: 10.1007/s12070-020-02100-8. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID: 33643885; PMCID: PMC7881997.