Rhinoplasty allows patients to make desired changes to their nose by altering the shape, size or appearance of the nose. In the past, rhinoplasty was exclusively a surgical procedure where the incisions were made on the outside of the nose (open rhinoplasty) or on the inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty). These days, patient have options if they do not want to undergo an invasive surgical procedure or they simply want to view what the results of rhinoplasty would look like before committing to the surgery. Patients that are not sure about having invasive surgery can have a liquid rhinoplasty procedure where the results are not permanent. Not sure which rhinoplasty option is the best one for you? Let’s take a look at the differences between surgical rhinoplasty and liquid rhinoplasty.
The first thing that patients have to decide when it comes between surgical rhinoplasty and liquid rhinoplasty is the type of results they want to see as well as the length of the results. In addition, they have to decide if they are willing to undergo a long-term recovery period to achieve the results they want to see.
Surgical rhinoplasty provides permanent results but it also involves a recovery period that can last up to a year due to swelling. Plus, surgical rhinoplasty is able to provide both aesthetic and functional changes to the nose.
On the other hand, liquid rhinoplasty has no real downtime and very little bruising and swelling. Patients can use the volume provided by fillers to enhance the look of their nose but they cannot make their nose smaller in size through liquid rhinoplasty. In general, the ideal candidate for liquid rhinoplasty is someone that wants a straighter nose or a modified appearance to the tip of the nose. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is best viewed as a short-term solution for patients that want minor corrections to the nose as opposed to permanent results or any changes to the functional aspects of the nose.
Patients that are interested in having rhinoplasty should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified surgeon that is experienced in performing rhinoplasty. Any changes made to the nose need to be taken under careful consideration as the changes in the look and size of the nose can also make changes to the overall balance of the features of the face. Plus, the surgeon can help patients that want to make permanent changes to the nose decide if they want open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty. It is also important for the surgeon to determine if the patient is having the surgery because the person wants to make the changes in the nose for their own benefit or if the person wants to have a rhinoplasty procedure in order to make someone else happy.