Unhappy with the appearance of your nose, but not convinced you want to undergo surgery? Your hesitation is warranted since any kind of surgery, especially one that alters your appearance, a serious decision. Rhinoplasty, like all surgical procedures, comes with risks and significant cost. Plus, you’ll have to set aside substantial downtime for recovery. However, if the changes you want to make are relatively minor, you may have a non-surgical alternative. Let's talk about the Liquid Nose Job.
Liquid Nose Job: the basics
It may sound a little strange, but it’s actually something you may already be familiar with, just in a different context. In many cases, Dr. Jeffrey Raval can use a dermal filler to produce results, rather than a full rhinoplasty. Sometimes, these can be dramatic results. Dermal fillers can balance the appearance of bumps and dips, droopy tips, even a slightly crooked nose. In fact, Dr. Raval sometimes uses dermal fillers in conjunction with surgical rhinoplasty, to achieve even more precise results that look smooth and natural.
a liquid nose job is quick
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. Most patients report the procedure is not particularly painful and Dr. Raval uses a topical numbing cream to provide even more comfort. Part of the brilliance of the liquid nose job is its convenience.
Cost of a Liquid Nose Job
The initial cost of a liquid nose job is considerably less than surgical rhinoplasty. Without the expense of a surgical facility and related necessities, the cost drops. Because of the nature of a liquid nose job being quick, you’re not paying for multiple hours of Dr. Raval’s surgical time. Keep in mind, though, that the main drawback involved with a liquid nose job is that results are not permanent. Depending on the specific dermal filler used, your new look may last a year or even two, but eventually your body will absorb the filler. That is completely safe, but 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 nose job is a great option for minors, those looking for subtle changes, or those concerned about time commitment or cost. That being said, not everyone is a good candidate. This type of procedure will not work if you need functional reconstruction for a deviated septum, for instance. 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.
choose a skilled INJECTOR for a liquid nose job
Dermal fillers may be easier and more convenient, but that does not mean you should be any less discerning when choosing the person to perform the work. It takes both professional training and experience to develop the skill required and to perform injections safely. Changes to your nose can transform the appearance of your entire face, even when only small changes are made. Be sure you choose a surgeon who is qualified and who has performed the liquid nose job many times. She/he should be able to show you plenty of successful before & after photos and testimonials from satisfied patients.
Schedule a private consultation so that you can speak with Dr. Raval in person and learn if a liquid nose job might be a good option for you.