There are many reasons why you may be compelled to pursue nose recontouring, whether your motivation is to resolve a longtime insecurity, to enhance breathing, or to generally improve facial balance. With advances in aesthetic medicine and technology, it’s now also possible to improve the nasal proportions using cosmetic injectables rather than nose surgery exclusively. A “liquid rhinoplasty” refers to a non-surgical treatment designed to improve the contours of the nose via strategic injections of dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®. While this technique can certainly enhance the nose, there are many differences between rhinoplasty and liquid rhinoplasty that may help you determine the best approach to achieve your goals:
- Rhinoplasty: Unlike liquid rhinoplasty, a surgical rhinoplasty is capable of producing long-term improvements to the nose. Since the nasal framework is permanently recontoured, rhinoplasty can address every aspect of the nose, including the nasal bridge, tip, septum, and nostrils. This procedure can also repair breathing problems and straighten a deviated septum if necessary.
- Liquid Rhinoplasty: While a liquid rhinoplasty doesn’t require surgery, anesthesia, or recovery time, the technique is limited in the extent of enhancements that can be achieved. Fillers are designed to enhance volume; therefore, a liquid rhinoplasty is typically most successful when straightening a bump or irregularity in the nasal bridge. However, the results are temporary and usually only last a few months before further treatment is necessary to preserve the outcome.
Dr. Geoffrey Leber can customize a rhinoplasty treatment plan consisting of surgical and/or non-surgical techniques depending on your overall goals. Please contact our Scottsdale office if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to book a consultation.