Liquid Rhinoplasty is another term for non-surgical rhinoplasty. Correction of certain nasal imperfections, most commonly employed after one or more imperfect rhinoplasties, leading the patient to need revision rhinoplasty. It can also be employed as a primary procedure for noses that have genetically-endowed unsatisfactory features.
Liquid rhinoplasty is the injection of a liquid by a syringe and fine needle into the external nose, between the skin and underlying bone/cartilage to correct dips, divots, or asymmetries. It is a “filler”. Liquid rhinoplasty is akin to pumping air into a flat tire. Or, applying “Bondo” to correct an auto ding or dent. The result is immediate and obvious. There are no additional changes that take place.
Liquid rhinoplasty (properly performed by a highly specialized, long-experienced specialist) is considered safe. Both medical grade silicone and the temporary fillers are FDA-approved. Significant complications and minor problems are generally related to the technique, not the products. Hence, the imperative that the doctor be highly qualified to perform the procedure.
In our practice, the procedure with the highest percentage of happy patients and the lowest percentage of complications is the medical grade liquid rhinoplasty or revision liquid rhinoplasty. Some patients present with having even four or more unsuccessful rhinoplasties.
The dissatisfaction with an unhappy results tends to occupy a certain part of the brain’s volume. It does not go away and is a constantly brought to consciousness when looking into the mirror. It is a huge psychological burden that never disappears.
Patients are almost incredulous that they have discovered a practical, safe, predictable and affordable answer to their unhappiness. Certainly those who wisely chose the permanent solution.
Liquid rhinoplasty fillers do have an economic disadvantage. The process knows no end, so the cost could eternal. Conversely, the cost of the permanent is generally a fixed cost, for all sessions, so there is no mystery and there is a finite conclusion to the problem.
Since the cost of the permanent filler is a known and fixed, as a comparison, it is typically 20-25% of the cost of a surgical rhinoplasty or surgical revision rhinoplasty.
Financing, as with surgery, is available. Our offices accept credit cards
Liquid rhinoplasty, temporary or permanent, has no recovery time needed. Patients can get back to work without any evidence of an intervention. The permanent variety is done in stages, six weeks apart. That technique, using micro-droplets to gradually achieve the end result is considered wise and prudent. Three reasons. Nature will be less likely to notice this man-made material resting under the skin when the injection volumes are small. The second reason is that as the process progresses, during the six-week interval between injections, the patient has ample opportunity to decide which areas need attention and how much. Again, because the permanent variety of liquid filler is permanent and not easily removed, attention must be given to one’s tastes and desires. That leads to the obvious third reason: overfilling must be avoided. For more information about about rhinoplasty recovery see our rhinoplasty recovery guide.
An anesthetic ointment is applied to the skin prior and may be applied at home or en route to the office 45 minutes prior to appointment to save time.
Bruising, swelling is very rare, since the amount of the permanent liquid injected in a given area is so minute—0.02-0.04 cc. That is a tiny volume. Temporary fillers are deposited, generally, to completely fulfill the mission at one sitting.
After the liquid rhinoplasty procedure, if you develop any pain, redness, swelling, severe bruising, change of skin color, a fever, or chills, contact your doctor. Infections are extremely rare, as is bleeding but, if anything seems out of synch, call your doctor. And, don’t spend your time looking for advice on the Internet.
When researching liquid rhinoplasty, temporary or permanent, one is best served by seeking a “superspecialist in the field. Many plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and dermatologists offer temporary fillers. Many are comfortable with them because they have experience with their use as cheek and lip fillers. The nose is a different territory so important to ask about experience with “nasal fillers”, specifically.
The permanent variety, has very few practitioners offering it. Many reasons that go beyond the scope of this report but the fact is that the permanent filler technique must be taught to a trainee by an expert and then as the trainee migrates into practice, long experience is a prerequisite for excellence.
I am proud to share that I had the great fortune to be trained by one of the original practitioners of the permanent non-surgical or liquid rhinoplasty technique. Happily, early in my career so I bring to our patients over 40 years experience and thousands of injections. Expertise does count.
Today, permanent liquid rhinoplasty, as a primary procedure or to correct imperfect surgical results, is 25% of our practice. Patients do come from all over the US and even from overseas for a permanent solution to a long-standing dissatisfaction. Thus, is it very gratifying to help them overcome their unhappiness and move on with their life.