For many people, dissatisfaction with the appearance of their nose isn’t quite enough to justify a surgical procedure like rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job.” Small imperfections, however, can still impact a person’s facial balance, confidence, and self-esteem. In these cases, a liquid rhinoplasty or non-surgical nose job can be the perfect solution. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Rucker is proud to offer non-surgical rhinoplasty in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to patients who want to look their best without the expense and commitment of plastic surgery.
What is a Liquid Rhinoplasty?
A liquid rhinoplasty, also known as a non-surgical nose job, is performed to correct minor aesthetic problems affecting the nose. Using hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Restylane or Juvederm, Dr. Rucker can fill in indentations, subtly improve the shape of the nose, and even enhance facial balance by making small adjustments to the nose.
Unlike rhinoplasty surgery, the procedure does not affect the structure of the nose and cannot improve breathing for patients. However, it is the perfect solution for patients who have minor aesthetic complaints and are unable or unwilling to move forward with a surgical procedure.
Benefits of a Non-Surgical Nose Job
There are several benefits of a non-surgical nose job. Many patients choose this option because they have busy lives and do not want to deal with the hassle of the recovery that is required by cosmetic surgeries like rhinoplasty. Others are concerned about the costs and risks involved with rhinoplasty surgery. Some of the top benefits of a liquid rhinoplasty include:
- A brief, non-invasive procedure
- No anesthesia and little to no downtime
- Instant results
- Subtle, but noticeable improvement in the aesthetics of the nose and face
- Improved confidence
- Enhanced facial balance
- Ability to “preview” changes possible with rhinoplasty surgery
- Lower cost
- No scarring and lower risk of developing complications
- Long-lasting results – typically 1-2 years
Am I a Candidate for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Although non-surgical nose jobs are growing in popularity, they are not appropriate for every patient. Dermal fillers are very safe, and while most patients are healthy enough for the procedure, there are limits to what the procedure can accomplish.
If you are a healthy adult with only minor aesthetic concerns and realistic expectations, you may be a great candidate for a non-surgical rhinoplasty in Wisconsin.
Patients with breathing problems or significant cosmetic issues, such as crookedness or a prominent nasal “hump” will likely not be able to get their desired results from a non-surgical nose job. Many patients need surgical correction in order to reach their goals.
Your Liquid Rhinoplasty Consultation
Dr. Rucker will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for a liquid rhinoplasty during your consultation at his office in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. During this initial meeting, Dr. Rucker will examine your nose and ask you about your goals, explaining how a non-surgical nose job will affect the appearance of each facial feature.
Once he has performed his exam, he will review your health history and decide whether or not you are a good candidate. If he believes rhinoplasty surgery or another procedure is a better fit for your needs, he will recommend an alternate treatment plan.
You should come to your consultation with any questions you may have and use this opportunity to get to know Dr. Rucker and his staff. You should have all the information you need to make a decision after your meeting with the doctor.
The Non-Surgical Nose Job Procedure
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are performed in the clinic on an outpatient basis. Before the procedure, Dr. Rucker will apply a topical anesthetic to make the treatment more comfortable. The entire liquid rhinoplasty procedure takes 30 minutes or less to perform.
Once the area is numb, Dr. Rucker uses a fine needle to inject a dermal filler into different areas of the nose. He will reshape the nasal tip, bridge, or other areas of the nose according to the patient’s goals. No stitches or dressings are necessary, and patients can go about their day while enjoying instant improvement.
Recovering from a Liquid Rhinoplasty
There are very few activity restrictions and side effects following a non-surgical nose job. Patients will need to refrain from strenuous exercise for 1-2 days and should avoid irritating, bumping, or putting pressure on the nose until it is fully healed. Minor discomfort, bruising, and swelling may occur, but these side effects should resolve within the first week. Patients can go back to work and other activities right away.
Results of a Non-Surgical Nose Job
While patients who undergo rhinoplasty surgery have to wait months before seeing their final results, a liquid rhinoplasty produces near-instant improvement. Minor swelling may affect the appearance of the nose during the first few days, but this will resolve quickly.
Patients should notice improved facial balance, facial aesthetics, and improvement in their individual cosmetic concerns. Many people use this treatment to “test out” changes to their nose before moving forward with a surgical procedure. The results typically last 1-2 years, leaving plenty of time for patients to make a decision about their future treatment options.
Potential Risks & Complications
Liquid rhinoplasty is very safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rucker. Although complications like asymmetry can occur, they are rare. Minor side effects like swelling, bruising, and tenderness are normal during the first few days.
If the patient is dissatisfied with the results, injections of hyaluronidase can be given to dissolve the filler so the treatment can be adjusted or reversed. Overall, non-surgical rhinoplasty is an extremely low-risk procedure that is safe for most patients.
Why Choose Dr. Rucker?
Non-Surgical rhinoplasty is simple to perform, but difficult to master. Experience, finesse, an artistic eye, and in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy are all required to provide patients with the results they expect. Dr. Rucker is a renowned Wisconsin plastic surgery known for providing patients with natural-looking results they can be proud of. He takes safety seriously and only recommends procedures that he feels will be safe and effective for the individual patient.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liquid Rhinoplasty
Yes! Many patients are thrilled with their results and wish to maintain them once the initial injection has worn off. Hyaluronic fillers are typically very safe and can be repeated as patients wish. Alternatively, some patients choose to move forward with rhinoplasty surgery after their non-surgical results wear off so that they can enjoy permanent results.
Though most patients love their results, it is possible to reverse the procedure using a filler dissolver known as hyaluronidase. This gives patients peace of mind when they choose a non-surgical nose job. They know that if the results don’t look as they expect, they don’t have to live with the changes for a year or more.
To avoid dissatisfaction, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations and to understand the limits of the procedure. Looking at the before and after photos of previous non-surgical nose job patients can help set appropriate expectations.
Unfortunately, a liquid rhinoplasty cannot achieve the results a reduction rhinoplasty provides. Although the procedure can smooth out small lumps and sometimes create the illusion of a smaller nose, it is important to remember that a non-surgical rhinoplasty involves adding a small amount of volume. To make a nose look smaller, surgical intervention is necessary.
Do the injections hurt?
Topical anesthesia is applied before the treatment to help reduce any discomfort from the injections. Patients may experience some tenderness and discomfort for the first few hours, but this should be minor. Most patients tolerate the treatment very well.
Can a liquid rhinoplasty fix the tip of my nose?
A liquid rhinoplasty is a great option for patients who have aesthetic problems with the nasal tip. Dermal filler injections can shape, refine, and lift the tip for an improved appearance. Dr. Rucker will advise you on whether or not your specific concerns can be addressed with a non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about whether or not a non-surgical nose job will help you reach your goals, contact the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph Rucker. He helps patients in Wisconsin look and feel their best by offering skills, experience, and compassion throughout the treatment process. Call 800.456.8222 or schedule your appointment online. We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals!