Liquid Rhinoplasty Vs. Surgical Rhinoplasty: Pros and Cons

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Your nose plays a significant role in balancing your facial appearance. If you are self-conscious about your nose shape, rhinoplasty can help. You can also benefit from this procedure if you have functional issues such as difficulty breathing through your nose. 

Technological advancements have created many options for individuals who want to change their nose shapes. You can either get a surgical procedure or not go through surgery and still get a nose job. You have the option of surgical or liquid rhinoplasty. Learn about the pros and cons of liquid rhinoplasty vs surgical rhinoplasty to help you understand which one can best suit you.

What Is Liquid Rhinoplasty?

Liquid rhinoplasty reshapes the nose by using injectable fillers. It does not need incisions and helps camouflage or fill indentations, refine your nasal tips, and improve your nose symmetry. The procedure has no downtime and happens fast.

Pros of Liquid Rhinoplasty

  • The procedure is quick and takes 15 minutes.

  • There is minimal downtime, and results are immediate. You can have liquid rhinoplasty and return to work on the same day.

  • You remain conscious and awake throughout the procedure. Your plastic surgeon can even allow you to hold a mirror.

  • If you do not like the results or develop complications, you can reverse the results by having your plastic surgeon dissolve the filler. 


Cons of Liquid Rhinoplasty


  • Liquid rhinoplasty results are not permanent. You may need to keep maintaining them if you like your look.

  • In rare cases, blindness can occur due to vascular complications. The arteries of your nose have a connection to the retina. 


What Is Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Surgical rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that resizes, refines, and shapes the nose. It does so by manipulating the cartilage, bone, and nose skin. Individuals who seek this procedure do it to correct their very small or large nose or to fix their uneven and crooked nostrils. The surgery can also fix septum that has deviated or functional problems, such as breathing difficulties.

Surgical rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that does not require you to sleep in the hospital. You can resume work after seven to 10 days.


Pros and Cons of Surgical Rhinoplasty

You can have multiple surgical procedures done with surgical rhinoplasty. For example, some people get their chin and nose done together. Surgical rhinoplasty results are permanent, unlike liquid rhinoplasty. You can also correct structural and functional problems such as breathing issues.

Surgical rhinoplasty involves risks because it entails going under the knife. Some patients could experience infection, bleeding, and a bad reaction to general anesthesia. In rare cases, the nose can also become numb. The recovery time is longer than a liquid rhinoplasty, and the swelling can take up to one year to settle in more drastic cases. If you do not like the results, you will be recommended to wait for one year for your nose to heal so you can have it corrected.

Which Is Right for You?

Ideally, you should have realistic expectations. If you see someone with a particular nose job that looks appealing, it does not mean that the same procedure may suit you. Surgical and liquid rhinoplasty are both effective. However, not everyone is eligible for both. You can be a good candidate for one but not the other. Your aesthetic goals and unique situation will help determine which route you should take.

Ideally, seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon, like the team at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, with experience in rhinoplasty can help. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon should recommend what option best suits you.

For more about liquid and surgical rhinoplasty, call Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa in San Diego, California at 858-264-3800 to schedule a consultation

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