8th December 2020

Liquid Rhinoplasty vs. Traditional Rhinoplasty: Which is a Better Option For You

Last Modified: August 3, 2022

Are there some things that you do not like about the shape of your nose? Or you might have medical issues that make it hard for you to breathe normally through your nose?

Thousands of people have rhinoplasty or a “nose job” each year in the UK to reshape their noses or resolve functional issues.

Advances in the medical field over the past decade have created more options for improving your nasal aesthetics or function. That said, between surgical or non-surgical options, how do you determine what’s the best option for you?

In this post, we will compare surgical vs. non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Liquid rhinoplasty

At Dr Aesthetica, we offer liquid rhinoplasty for patients who would like to improve the appearance of their nose without surgery. Many aesthetic concerns about the shape of the nose can be rectified with non-surgical rhinoplasty.

This is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that involves injecting dermal fillers on the nose.


  1. Quick procedure with minimal downtime—you can resume your daily activities right away after the procedure.
  2. Results are not permanent as the nose fillers dissolve over time. This is great if you don’t like your results or only wanted to experiment or try it out once. If the results aren’t what you wanted or a serious complication occurs, your doctor can also dissolve the fillers( if Hyaluronic Acid fillers are used) at any point in time.
  3. Hyaluronic acid(HA) fillers have gained a good reputation for being safe and effective. They also allow the doctor to have precise control of the amount to inject, allowing desired results to be achieved. But this is also highly dependent on your doctor’s expertise.
  4. Low-risk procedures and mild side effects like swelling or bruising often go away within a day or two.
  5. Can rectify the results of a poorly done rhinoplasty(alternative to revision rhinoplasty).


  1. Results are temporary, often lasting 9 months to 2 years. To maintain your results you will have to get follow-up treatment down the line.
  2. Can’t rectify some nose shape flaws, such as a severely crooked nose.
  3. Serious vascular complications, such as a blockage of a blood vessel, have been reported. However, these complications are very rare in the hands of a properly trained, board-certified, and experienced physician.

Traditional rhinoplasty

This is a surgical procedure that involves manipulating the skin, bone, and cartilage of the nose to change its shape, size, or structure.

This procedure is often used to rectify breathing difficulties or correct congenital disabilities.


  1. Results are permanent.
  2. Can fix most nose aesthetic flaws, including making a large nose smaller.
  3. Rectify structural problems like deviated septums that cause breathing problems.


  1. Since you’re going under the knife, the risk of complications is greater. This includes bleeding, infection, and numbness in the nose. 
  2. Requires special post-op care and long recovery time that could take up to a year for complete healing.
  3. Results are not guaranteed, and the nasal structure may alter unpredictably after surgery.
  4. If you don’t like your results and wish to have a revision rhinoplasty, you have to wait around a year until your nose is fully healed.
  5. An expensive procedure with costs starting at an average of £4,500 and increasing depending on several factors like the surgeon’s reputation and the complexity of the procedure. This has not factored in additional expenses like aftercare costs or further surgery if needed.

How do you know which procedure is right for you?

A consultation with Dr Farmah will allow him to carry out a proper assessment and advise you whether your nose can be corrected without surgery or if you will require a surgical rhinoplasty procedure.

Book an appointment with our certified aesthetic doctor today!

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 8th December 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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