Unhappy with the appearance of your nose, yet not convinced you want facial surgery? It’s a big step, and a serious decision. Rhinoplasty, like all surgical procedures, comes with risks and significant cost. Plus, you’ll have to budget substantial downtime for recovery. However, if the changes you want to make are relatively minor, you may have a non-surgical alternative.
We call it the “liquid nose job".
It sounds a little creepy, but it’s actually something you may already be familiar with, in a different context. In many cases, Dr. Jeffrey Raval can use a dermal filler (the “liquid”) to produce results – sometimes dramatic results. Surprisingly, dermal fillers can rebalance the appearance of bumps and dips, droopy tips, even a (slightly) crooked nose. Who knew, right?
In fact, Dr. Raval sometimes uses dermal fillers in conjunction with surgical rhinoplasty, to achieve even more precise results that look smoothly natural.
How does a liquid nose job work?
Injectable fillers require only a short in-office visit. Imagine getting a nose job on your lunch hour. There is no downtime required afterward, though you may experience a small amount of redness, bruising, or swelling at first. And get this, most patients report the procedure is not particularly painful. (Dr. Raval will numb the procedure area first.)
Cost of Liquid Nose Job versus Rhinoplasty
Initial cost of a liquid nose job will be considerably less than surgical rhinoplasty. After all, there is no expense for a surgical facility and related necessities, and you’re not paying for multiple hours of Dr. Raval’s surgical time. On the other hand, surgery provides a permanent solution in terms of changing your nose’s appearance.
The results you get from dermal fillers are temporary. Depending on the specific product, your new look may last a year, or even two, but eventually your body will absorb the filler. To maintain your results, you will need to repeat the procedure. Over time, that can cost considerably more than the one-time cost of surgery.
Are you a good candidate for a liquid nose job?
In general, a “liquid rhinoplasty" is a great option for minors, those looking for subtle changes, or those concerned about time commitment or cost. That said, not everyone is a good candidate. This type of procedure will not work if you need functional reconstruction, such as for a deviated septum. It is also not appropriate for patients who want major changes to the size of shape of their nose or for those who previously had surgery and now need revision rhinoplasty.
If you’re considering surgery but are hesitant, the temporary nature of fillers also offers another advantage. You can see what changes will look like, then when it comes time for a refresher treatment, you may decide to go for the permanent solution instead.
It’s still your face
Dermal fillers may be “easier” in many ways, but that does not mean you should be any less choosy when it comes to choosing the person to perform the work. It takes both professional training and experience to produce skill and perform injections safely. And it’s still your face we’re talking about here. Your nose, front and center.
Considering all that, of course you wouldn’t consider anyone but the best. We think that’s us, and we’re proud to say our patients agree. By scheduling a private consultation, you can talk with Dr. Raval in person, to learn if a liquid nose job might be a good option for you.