nose job vs liquid nose job

Are you unhappy with your nose? The nose job or liquid nose job can help, but which do you choose?

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, you’re not alone. Around 220,000 rhinoplasties are performed yearly! However, the advances of modern technology means that going under the knife is not your only option to rectify the look of your nose. ICCM offers both a nose job and a non-surgical liquid nose job that can help you to look your best.

Just the question is, which procedure is more suited for your case?

Read on for an explanation from the cosmetic surgeons at ICCM to see which option will be best for you.

Understanding the nose job

A standard nose job, or rhinoplasty, is a solution for those unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. It can also improve nasal function after injury and help with breathing problems that affect sleep.

The goal of this cosmetic procedure is to revise the appearance and functionality of the nose taking into consideration the overall facial architecture with lasting results. While this is a cosmetic procedure, it can be classified as in-depth surgery that will require a one night stay in the hospital. The results are somewhat permanent if further trauma to the nose is avoided.

Understanding the liquid rhinoplasty

The liquid nose job uses injectable dermal fillers to rectify bumps or irregularities in the nose. This is a simple way to create a more pleasing shape without surgery. It can often be performed in as little as 10 minutes and is a semi-permanent solution that can be reversed if necessary.

If you are bothered by nasal humps or a flat nasal bridge, dermal fillers can add projection while smoothing out wall depressions. This can be helpful for those who suffer from a crooked nose due to injury and have very little risks.

non-surgical nose job
The non-surgical nose job can correct small irregularities with dermal filler to create a more pleasing aesthetic.

Which procedure is safer?

Both rhinoplasty or the liquid nose job offer proven safety records. The experienced team at ICCM increase these levels of safety thanks to their skillset. Our experts have performed these procedures many times, ensuring the complete care of our patients.

With state of the art equipment, the risks associated with these procedures are minor and no ICCM patients have experienced adverse reactions as a result. This being said, any surgical or cosmetic procedure involves a level of risk, and we will go into detail about these during your consultation.

How long is the recovery time for these procedures?

Due to its more in-depth and invasive nature, surgical rhinoplasty will take roughly six weeks to recover from. The reason for this being the fact that the bones in the nose need to heal following surgery. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise, stretching, lifting, or bending over during this time to avoid nasal swelling.

On the other hand, liquid rhinoplasty is a walk-in walk-out procedure with immediate results and no downtime.

non-surgical rhinoplasty
A non-surgical rhinoplasty before and after example by the experts at ICCM.

How to decide which procedure is best for you?

While the goal of both procedures is somewhat the same, they are extremely different to one another and have varying requirements. The surgical rhinoplasty is a much more in-depth procedure reserved for those who require significant changes to the structure and aesthetic of the nose. A liquid rhinoplasty is for smaller changes that are often purely aesthetic.

For a definitive answer, a consultation with the ICCM team is needed. We will assess your current state and goals and explain the option best suited to achieving them.

Understanding the costs associated with each procedure

The costs of a surgical rhinoplasty can vary greatly and require a consultation with our team to determine. The consultation will assess your needs, determine the best path forward and offer a no-obligation quote for your procedure.

The cost of a liquid rhinoplasty starts at $550 and will also require a consultation with the team at ICCM to determine the exact price relevant to you. Costs may vary based on your individual needs.

Why choose ICCM for my procedure?

The primary reason why so many people head to ICCM is the over 20 years of experience held by Dr Tony Prochazka. He and his team have performed many cosmetic surgeries over the years and provide a caring attitude and primary focus on your safety and well-being.

The central Sydney clinic on Macquarie Street utilises the latest surgical technologies making sure you are confident and comfortable, with great results.

liquid rhinoplasty with dermal fillers
A liquid rhinoplasty with dermal fillers offers minimal recovery time and excellent results.

Frequently asked questions

Can a liquid nose job make your nose smaller or do I need a surgical nose job?

A liquid nose job will not make your nose smaller, this type of action may be better suited to a surgical nose job.

Why would I consider a nose job or liquid rhinoplasty?

As the nose is a central focal point on your face, any issues with it are very noticeable. The nose defines your look, and a negative aesthetic can create a lack of self-confidence. A surgical nose job can create a significantly different new look or rectify certain breathing issues. The liquid nose job offers an aesthetic solution with minimal downtime and discomfort to restore confidence.

How old do I need to be for a nose job and liquid nose job?

This procedure is often appropriate for patients of all ages. A surgical nose job should not be undertaken until the facial bones are no longer growing, which for girls ranges between 16 to 18 years and for boys, roughly 18 to 20 years old. The liquid nose job may be suitable for those 16 years and over depending on their specific situation and concerns.

How long will each procedure last?

The dermal filler option for a liquid nose job lasts up to 18 months and is easy to reverse if you change your mind. A surgical rhinoplasty is a permanent change that will require more surgery to alter.

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About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.

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