Just a few years ago, if you wanted a new nose – smaller, straighter, smoother, you only had one option and that was rhinoplasty (surgical nose job). But with the rise of injectable fillers came an off-label use for them that is capable of transforming your entire profile in under 15 minutes: the liquid nose job. Working with the same hyaluronic acid gels used for cheeks and lips, a qualified doctor can correct cures, bumps, and lumps on your nose, making your nose appear smaller and giving you a straight nose that elevates your facial features.
How long do these nose fillers last?
Most cosmetic fillers are temporary as these injections usually last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years, depending on the type you choose, before they slowly dissolve and disappear. People usually scoff at the fleetingness of the procedure but there’s more to the picture than what meets the eye.
Our nose is one of the most sensitive parts of our body as it contains a lot of end arteries and is quite close to our eyes. An end artery, or terminal artery, is the sole supplier of oxygenated blood to the given area. These arteries around the nose include those that feed each of the eye’s retina, which means that damming them would cause immediate blindness.
A clog in these end arteries could deprive the skin of nutrients and oxygen, causing the surrounding skin to decay and die over the course of several days. As the sides of the nose are essentially end-artery minefields, the safest location to inject is along the bridge of the nose, away from the arteries.
This is one of the main reasons why doctors and specialists recommend using a temporary filler like Voluma which lasts for a year and a half before moving on to a permanent one. Voluma is reversible and natural looking and gives you the time to embrace the new look and feel of your nose before committing to a more permanent solution such as Bellafill. Bellafill is a collagen-based permanent filler that is typically used to treat acne scars. It takes three spaced-out sessions of Bellafill to see the final result that can last years.
What issues can be fixed with a Liquid Nose Job?
The most ideal candidates for a non-surgical nose job are those who have a pronounced bump on the bridge of the nose. A board-certified plastic surgeon can fill the areas above and below a dorsal hump to create the illusion of a perfectly straight nose. But one can also correct a droopy tip (filler will help lift it) and mildly crooked noses (filler can correct any sharp angles).
There is a lot that can be done with just fillers, but they do have their limitations. If someone’s dorsal humps are too big or extreme, or one has had their nose broken or has a wide nose, fillers can’t help mitigate these issues as they can also be dealt with by a traditional rhinoplasty.
However, there is one exception to this rule, in certain cases where scar tissue is causing a widening of the nose, a shot of steroids can be injected to subtly shrink the tissue. It is a permanent solution of dissolving the scar tissue under the skin to make the nose appear smaller.
Recovery after getting a Liquid Nose Job
If one were to create an injectable pain scale, Botox would be at the bottom (one can barely feel it) and cheek injections would be positioned near the top (it burns like the fire of a thousand fiery suns). Lip injections would fall somewhere in the middle. And a non-surgical nose job? All accounts say that it’s nearly painless.
A qualified plastic surgeon will numb the area with a topical cream so one wouldn’t feel the needle going into their skin. Once the needle is out, one can ice the area gently to get rid of any pain or numbness after the procedure. The pain is generally moderate, with the tip of the nose being the most sensitive area.
It’s a real lunchtime procedure where people can go right back to work after getting their fillers. One might also get a little red or a little bruised for a week, but these symptoms subside by themselves.
Risks of Reshaping your Nose using Dermal Fillers
All injections come with risks like swelling, bruising, bleeding, etc. But the nose is a particularly delicate and tricky area of the face. In terms of what’s dangerous, the nose ranks up there at the top. That’s because the blood supply to the nose is quite weak, particularly in noses that have already undergone previous surgeries. If one puts a whole bunch of filler into the tip or nostril, it poses the risk of overrunning the blood supply to the skin and cutting the blood flow off.
So why would one even get the treatment? Because in the hands of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, this procedure poses only a mild risk. For real, lasting skin damage to happen, the signs of vascular compromise, which typically present within 60 seconds of the injection, would have to be totally ignored and left untreated for 12 hours or more.
As much as these risks could be a sobering fact, they don’t underline the dangers of liquid rhinoplasty so much as they underscore the vital importance of seeing a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon or aesthetic dermatologist for your every cosmetic injection.
A liquid nose job using dermal fillers can be an excellent and viable solution to reshape your nose without going under the knife. As long as one feels comfortable in the hands of their injector and has their questions addressed, there’s no reason not to give the liquid rhinoplasty a shot. It just might be the simple solution that you never knew existed right under your nose.
At Alive Wellness Clinics, our team of experienced professionals not only boast 25+ years of expertise in delivering injectables safely and efficiently, but they also understand your fear and concerns and give an in-depth consultation to help you overcome any issues you might be facing before your treatment. Life’s too short to hate on your nose, so book a session today and give your nose a new lease on life!