There are many reasons why people choose to make changes to their noses, including the look, shape, and functionality. As the centerpiece to the face, it is important that you are happy with the appearance of your nose. For those who are looking to make a more aesthetically pleasing change to their look, there are many surgical and nonsurgical options available to give you the results you desire, including rhinoplasty surgery and liquid rhinoplasty. While a liquid rhinoplasty is less invasive and less time-consuming, it doesn’t last indefinitely, and there are some limitations to the procedure.
When considering a dramatic life-changing decision, such as rhinoplasty, it’s best to have all the latest information available about your options. At Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO, our team is ready to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about our procedures. We want to understand your aesthetic goals and what you hope to achieve so we can make your experience as comfortable as possible.
What is a liquid rhinoplasty?
Liquid rhinoplasty is where an injector places an injectable filler into certain parts of the nose to create a new form. The choice of filler depends on the injector, but it is usually a hyaluronic acid filler which is soft and malleable. The results, pending the type of filler, last anywhere from 6 to 10 months on average. The location for injection can be anywhere around the nose where it is needed, such as the bridge or tip, to reduce the appearance of a hump or raise the angle. This procedure can be performed in a clinic setting and is relatively quick.
Here is more information to consider when deciding on a liquid rhinoplasty
There are some very important things to consider when discussing fillers within the nose:
- Cost – Fillers are expensive and do not last forever. There is a level of maintenance that is required every 6 – 12 months to maintain the results. Several years of upkeep may have paid a large portion of the way toward a rhinoplasty.
- Blood vessels – There is a tremendous amount of blood flow around the nose. Many of the veins that drain the nose join with vessels that also drain the eyes while heading toward the brain. If the filler enters one of the blood vessels, there is a risk of occlusion. This is where the blood flow stops, and the tissues are deprived of oxygen. The results from occlusion can vary from temporary damage to tissue death or blindness. Although a low risk, it is certainly something worth mentioning.
- Scarring – Fillers occupy space underneath the skin. In theory, the filler should fully dissolve over time, but this is not always the case. Scar tissue can be created, leading to deformity, which may be difficult to correct even with surgery.
- Limitations – Fillers can work wonders for many patients. There are certain features that cannot be corrected by filler within the nose, such as nostril asymmetries and large humps.
Contact us today to learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and if it’s right for you
Surgery isn’t for every patient, but it is an option many don’t consider. If you’re looking for significant, long-lasting changes, discuss a rhinoplasty procedure with your surgeon. At Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO, our surgeons specialize in facial procedures in the head and neck, with double certifications from the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Contact us today to learn more about the different rhinoplasty options available and if surgery is right for you.