A liquid rhinoplasty, or nonsurgical rhinoplasty, is the injection of dermal fillers into the nose to alter its shape. It is a great option for patients that have isolated deformities of their nose, such as a dorsal hump or minor asymmetries.
It can also be a great option for those patients that have had a rhinoplasty in the past and have minor irregularities postoperatively. These patients, however, require more expertise and care in their injections as the blood supply has already been altered following surgery and the risks of complications can be higher.
A nonsurgical rhinoplasty is also a great option for those that want instant results, may not be able to afford a surgical rhinoplasty, and cannot take a significant time off work.
Finally, patients may also undergo a liquid rhinoplasty to “test out” whether they want to take the plunge and get more definite surgery. The results are temporary, and you can essentially take your rhinoplasty out for a “test-drive.”
Using dermal fillers for rhinoplasty
It is also important to remember that during this procedure, we are injecting filler, so we are adding volume. This technique by default will augment the nose, so it not a good option for those patients that already have large noses and need a reduction. While there are different tricks, we can use to create the illusion of a smaller nose, the nose will be bigger objectively, regardless.
With a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and safety manoeuvres, liquid rhinoplasty is a safe procedure. If you have toyed with the idea of this, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if you are a good candidate.