Everything You Need To Know About Non-Surgical Nose Job Procedures
Get a quick overview of non-surgical nose job procedures including liquid rhinoplasty and PDO thread lift, along with their pros and cons.
Over the last decade, dermal fillers have made cosmetic beauty mainstream. Whether it is lip fillers, botox, under-eye lifts, or even nose jobs, fillers have become a quicker, safer and less permanent alternative to ‘beauty by going under the knife.’ The same holds true for rhinoplasty or nose jobs.
This article examines what is liquid rhinoplasty; how effective are its results; and if there are any side effects.
What is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty, sometimes also referred to as liquid rhinoplasty or a liquid nose job is a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid underneath the skin to temporarily change the shape of the nose. Another alternative is to use nasal threads to alter the shape of the nose. “Fillers are all about optical illusion; if you can put fillers appropriately, you can make even thick fillers appear thin,” says Dr. Debraj Shome.
What’s The Procedure For Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Currently, there are two major non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures available to the public: liquid rhinoplasty and PDO thread lift.
The procedure for a liquid nose job is fairly simple; after a pre-procedure consultation, the patient is asked to lie down with their face tilted upwards. One may receive a topical anaesthetic on the nose to avoid any pain from the needle. After the anaesthetic takes effect, the doctor will inject the filler into the target areas. The whole process takes about 15 - 45 minutes.
PDO Thread Lift
Popularly called the ‘Lunchtime Nose Job,’ the PDO thread lift involves using threads to lift and subtly reshape the nose. “Initially, when we started talking about threads for the nose and utilising some of these thread procedures, people, especially in the United States thought we were crazy. But this time I’ve been invited to the Miami cosmetic surgery convention to speak about the particular procedure itself,” says Dr. Shome.
Risks And Side Effects Of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
For most people, a little redness and sensitivity in the injected area are the only side effects which last for a day or two following the procedure of liquid rhinoplasty. However, since the nose is a sensitive area, filled with blood vessels that even connect to the eye, liquid rhinoplasty from an unlicensed provider may cause some serious side effects. These are:
- Filler migration; when the dermal filler migrates to other areas of the nose or the area under the eyes, creating an “overfilled” look
- Tissue death
- Vascular complications
- Vision loss
- Blurred vision
- Redness or bruising that gets worse over time
- Allergic reaction
It is advisable to consult a healthcare provider or book an immediate follow-up consultation if you experience any of these symptoms.
“We might be great surgeons but the patient is bigger than our ego. If we can give results that are so good without risks, then why not do that,” states Dr. Shome. Non-surgical rhinoplasty, or a liquid nose job, costs much less than a traditional rhinoplasty and doesn't carry the grave risks that surgical rhinoplasty does. The treatment procedure has a quick recovery period, and one can return to work as early as the same or the next day.
On the flip side, the treatment doesn’t offer a dramatic or permanent change. One needs to get fillers again every 18 months if one wishes to maintain the look. While there are no major side effects except temporary swelling and bruising around the injected area, under an unlicensed doctor, liquid rhinoplasty can result in visible bleeding under the skin or vision damage.
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