Non-surgical nose jobs are becoming more common and come without the pain or price tag of a rhinoplasty.
Liquid rhinoplasties are a non-invasive solution for a number of people self-conscious about their nose shape and size, but they may not be the answer for everyone.
"With no down time, labial bruise or nothing, patients can have their nose look back to the way they want them to look," said Dr. Glen Brooks.
The liquid rhinoplasty is a non-invasive procedure that uses fillers traditionally designed for wrinkles to reshape the nose, and it's becoming popular for its fast results with little to no pain.
"A few doctors started to realize that if you actually add filler to an area of the nose that looks like it has a dent you can make the nose look straight. If you actually have a hump you can add filler above the hump," Dr. Brooks added.
It almost sounds too good to be true and it could be for some, many people may not realize the technique actually makes the nose larger.
"If you look at it and measure it the nose is bigger, unquestionably bigger, but if you look at it in pictures or in real life it looks smaller," Dr. Brooks explained.
Unlike a rhinoplasty, a liquid nose job is actually reversible since the fillers fade after a year or two and can even be quickly dissolved with an enzyme used by doctors if patients are unhappy with the outcome.
"If someone wants a permanent result something that's long lasting then a rhinoplasty is the way to go," Dr. Brooks noted.
At face value the liquid rhinoplasty is cheaper than a traditional nose job, but if you like the subtle results this technique achieves long-term touch ups could cost you more.
"The average cost can be somewhere between $1,200 to $2,000 to do this so it's not inexpensive and a couple of episodes three episodes, you start to look at the same price a nose job may be," Dr. Brooks continued.
But Dr. Brooks told Western Mass News the two procedures can actually be used together.
"Even after a regular nose job if you have a contour deformity we can use these products to make it look more even and more natural so the products have uses not just for one or the other but sometimes to mix and match," said Dr. Brooks.
If you are looking for a quick solution with no downtime, and promising results, the liquid nose job does just that.
Keep in mind a traditional rhinoplasty will provide permanent results that don't fade and could cost you less in the long run.
So, how do you know which one to choose? Dr. Brooks said it depends on each individual of the patient.
Consult a physician and weigh the pros and cons for your needs and wants to see which procedure is better suited for you.
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