Is going under the knife the only way to get the nose you’ve always wanted? Here, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Lee explores another option.
For those not familiar with the term “liquid rhinoplasty,” it refers to the injection of synthetic filler to improve nasal aesthetics. Used correctly, filler can create the illusion of removing a hump, straightening a crooked nose and smoothing out tip irregularities. Compared to surgical rhinoplasty, the procedure offers less downtime and expense—at least, for a one-time treatment. The result is temporary—lasting about a year. But is it safe and effective? The procedure’s popularity on social media outpaced the scientific data on patient safety and efficacy. This is all too common in modern-day aesthetics. While helpful in delivering content to the public, social media is susceptible to photography tricks and inadequate long-term follow-up. Data regarding liquid rhinoplasty is beginning to trickle in. A recent publication in Aesthetic Surgery Journal provides a summary of what we currently know. Overall, the procedure does appear to be safe and effective. But be cautious and thoroughly vet your provider, as serious complications, though rare, can include skin loss, blindness and stroke. $600-$1,200, Michael Lee, M.D. Park Cities Cosmetic Surgery, parkcitiescosmeticsurgery.com. Dr. Lee also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Department of Plastic Surgery and is on the editorial board for Aesthetic Surgery Journal.