Rhinoplasty, also popularly known as "nose job," is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United Kingdom. Actually, data from BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) shows that it was the most popular procedure among men in 2018. Every year many people in the UK are still going under the knife to achieve their ideal aesthetic looks. At the same time, non-surgical procedures like liquid rhinoplasty are also on the rise. This is because getting a surgical cosmetic procedure done is not the only way to achieve significant changes to your physical appearance.
What is liquid rhinoplasty?
Liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical alternative to traditional rhinoplasty. Most people get nose jobs to take care of nasal breathing difficulties or correct congenital disabilities. Still, if you are only looking to correct a minor aesthetic imperfection, liquid rhinoplasty is the way to go.
In case you were wondering what non-surgical is, it simply means no one will be making any large incisions on your body. I bet this gives you a great sense of relief, more so if you're anxious about getting any surgery done, especially on your face.
Liquid rhinoplasty involves injecting dermal fillers on your nose to change its shape without surgery. But what are these dermal fillers exactly? Are there different types of injectable fillers used for non-surgical nose jobs? How safe are these fillers?
If you are considering getting a liquid rhinoplasty here in the UK, you probably have these questions in your mind. Don't worry as I'll provide you with all the answers below to help you make an informed decision.
Types of Dermal Fillers used in Liquid Rhinoplasty
A dermal filler is a gel-like liquid injected into the nose to fill or even out issues like mild to moderate bumps on the bridge of the nose. Most dermal fillers are made with Hyaluronic Acid(HA), a substance naturally produced by our bodies. Its primary function is to retain water to keep your body tissues well lubricated and moist.
Then does this mean the hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is harvested from human bodies? No, it doesn't. The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers and many skincare and beauty products like creams and serums is manufactured from plant sources.
There are many HA injectable fillers in the market. Some of the most popular ones in the United Kingdom include Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, and Voluma.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
- Since hyaluronic acid(HA) can be found in our bodies, especially in the skin and joints, fillers made with HA are compatible with our bodies making them safe to use for most people without adverse side effects.
- Due to its gel-like nature, your doctor has total control over the amount to inject. This increases the likelihood of you getting the desired results following your liquid rhinoplasty.
- Results can be seen immediately after the procedure and will last for nine to twelve months. However, outcomes may vary from patient to patient.
Keep in mind the hyaluronic acid fillers are naturally broken down by the body over time. This means you often have to get touchups once or twice a year to maintain the look. However, this is good news if you only wanted to try fillers since the effects will fade away without any long-term risks.
Alternatives to Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Though HA dermal fillers are mainly produced using hyaluronic acid, some are made with other substances. These include calcium hydroxylapatite, another substance naturally occurring in our bodies, and is primarily in our bones. It's usually thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and typically lasts longer as well, but is mainly used for smoothening out deeper lines and wrinkles.
Others include poly-L-lactic acid and polymethyl methacrylate. Each of these dermal fillers component has unique characteristics. As a result, different fillers may be more or less suited to a specific area of the face. That's why it's essential to seek guidance from an experienced, board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.
Liquid rhinoplasty is a safe and effective way to contour your nose shape for a more proportionate appearance. Here at Dr. Aesthetica, we use hyaluronic acid dermal fillers for our liquid rhinoplasty procedures.
As people are opening up more to injectable fillers as an affordable and safe solution for people who don't want to risk going under the knife, it's important to be very careful when choosing your doctor. With the rise in popularity of non-surgical rhinoplasty, many unqualified people are carrying out these procedures resulting in most of the botched non-surgical nose jobs you find online.
Always work with a registered practitioner and ask the doctor to show you before-and-after photographs of patients they have worked on. Also, be sure that you and your physician communicate about realistic results and your expectations—it's your face, after all.