There was a time not so long ago that if you wanted a smaller, finer nose, your options were either surgical rhinoplasty or killer makeup skills and the best contouring palette that money can buy. But with the rise of injectable fillers and their more advanced uses, clients are now able to completely transform their profile in under 15 minutes.

Say hello to the liquid nose job. Using the same hyaluronic acid gels used for lips and cheeks, doctors are now able to straighten curves, lumps, and bumps bumps, making your nose appear smaller and more refined.

The Lowdown

I caught up with Dr. Ali Al Taaye from the Los Angeles Clinic in Dubai to help separate the facts from fiction about the “lunchtime nose job”.

What exactly is a liquid nose job? 

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a popular aesthetic treatment used to make cosmetic alterations to the appearance of the nose. The nature of non-surgical rhinoplasty means that it’s possible to make the micro-adjustments necessary to improve the profile of your nose and create balance and facial symmetry without undergoing surgery.

What are the benefits of this procedure compared to traditional surgical options?

There are a variety of benefits to non-surgical rhinoplasty that outweigh traditional surgical rhinoplasty. These include:

  • Identical results as a surgical rhinoplasty, but fewer risks
  • Short treatment time, which can be as little as just 15 minutes
  • Temporary results, giving you the flexibility for further tweaks
  • It’s painless and minimally invasive
  • There’s no scarring and no major downtime

How is the procedure performed?

It’s carried out using a combination of dermal fillers and Botox. Dermal fillers add volume, smooth lines, and wrinkles, creating the shape. Whilst Botox is used to relax muscles and lift the tip of the nose. 

How long does it take?

There’s a good reason it’s called the 15-minute nose job! That’s all the time it takes to transform the appearance of the most defining feature on your face. When you choose the right doctor, it’s a safe, effective, and quick option.

Are the results instant and how long do they last?

The results are instant but temporary. The dermal fillers and Botox used to make the alterations to the nose are eventually absorbed by the body. Nevertheless, most clients will find that their new look will last approximately 9 to 12 months before further treatment is required to maintain their results. Top-ups may be necessary, particularly if you wish to make additional minor tweaks to the appearance of your nose.

What are the risks? What could go wrong?

Expect mild redness, swelling, and tenderness at the treatment sites. However, these side effects are only temporary and usually disappear within a week of your non-surgical nose job. It’s essential to undergo the procedure with a qualified and licensed aesthetic practitioner to avoid major complications such as tissue necrosis and vision loss.

Is a liquid nose job right for you?

Who is a good candidate for the treatment?

The best candidates for this treatment are people who would like to:

  • Straighten a slightly crooked or hooked nose
  • Create a more defined nose tip
  • Correct and smooth out a nose bump
  • Balance a nose to counteract asymmetry
  • Add height and definition
  • Straighten out a mild to moderate nasal tip droop
  • Further refinement after surgical rhinoplasty

Still, the best way to assess your suitability for a liquid nose job is to schedule a consultation with a doctor.

What are the contraindications and who should avoid the treatment?

Contraindications to filler could include patients who have a history of auto-immune disease, bleeding disorders, or hypersensitivity to any component in dermal fillers.

Contraindications to Botox include patients with keloidal scarring, neuromuscular disorders, or allergies to the constituents of the botulinum toxin, and those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder.

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