Liquid rhinoplasty results typically last for 6 to 24 months, with most patients being able to enjoy their new nose for between 8 and 12 months.
Extending the Lifespan of Your Liquid Rhinoplasty
The lifespan of your liquid rhinoplasty can be extended through follow up visits to your provider, during which additional injections are done. Maintenance treatments for a liquid rhinoplasty don’t extend your results merely by adding additional filler.
1. Maintenance Treatments That Extend Liquid Rhinoplasty Results
When dermal fillers are subsequently injected after a first treatment session, they are typically more effective, produce more dramatic results, and last even longer than the first set of injections done.
This is believed to be a result of structural changes made within the skin as a result of the first use of dermal fillers.
2. Lifestyle Changes That Extend Liquid Rhinoplasty Results
Beyond maintenance visits and follow-up treatments, you can also extend the lifespan of a liquid rhinoplasty by making a habit of as many of the following practices as possible:
- Remain well hydrated; drink plenty of water and other fluids.
- Follow a good skincare regimen that includes the use of moisturizers.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
- Eat a balanced and healthy diet.
- Receive follow-up treatments when you notice the results have waned but before they disappear entirely.
3. Why the Lifespan of a Liquid Rhinoplasty is so Varied
In short–and the reason the duration of a liquid nose job is so varied–the procedure’s results last for as long as it takes your body to break down and metabolically absorb the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that were used.
Because each of the five suggestions listed above help to reduce the rate at which your body breaks down and absorbs the hyaluronic acid, they can effectively extend the length of your liquid rhinoplasty results.
Are Liquid Nose Jobs Worth It?
Patients who opt for liquid rhinoplasty, rather than surgical rhinoplasty, usually do so because they don’t wish to undergo an invasive surgery (with its attendant pain and recovery period), yet do wish to enjoy some of the procedure’s many benefits.
And although liquid rhinoplasty is somewhat less versatile than an open or closed surgical rhinoplasty (which involves the physical remodeling of the nose), the procedure does produce very noticeable changes in the appearance of the nose, which helps give some patients a better idea of what they might look like were they to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty.
Liquid rhinoplasty is specifically indicated for patients who:
- Would like like to try on or “wear” a rhinoplasty before committing to surgery.
- Former rhinoplasty patients who are disinterested in revision rhinoplasty, but who have defects they would like to correct or improve.
- Patients who for one reason or another are not candidates for surgery.
Only a surgical rhinoplasty can make the nose smaller, but a liquid rhinoplasty can create the appearance of a smaller nose. It does this through creating changes in the light and shadows that naturally appear on the nose.
To create the impression of a smaller nose, or reduce the visual appearance of one part of the nose, other parts of the nose are carefully treated with dermal fillers.
For instance, a bump on the bridge of the nose can be visually corrected through a liquid rhinoplasty, if the injector is skilled enough in their placement of fillers. An expert injector can perform visual “miracles” with liquid rhinoplasty.
Can Liquid Rhinoplasty Be Permanent?
The results of liquid rhinoplasty are long-lasting but impermanent. Because the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used in all liquid rhinoplasty procedures eventually dissolve over time and are metabolized by the body, the nose will again return more or less to what it looked like before the procedure if given enough time.
- Should you appreciate the new look of your nose, you can prolong the lifespan of a liquid rhinoplasty by getting maintenance doses of the dermal filler used in your initial procedure.
- Should you dislike the new look of your nose, the filler can either be dissolved, or can be allowed to naturally live out its course before eventually disappearing, and returning your nose to its pre-procedure look.
Surgical rhinoplasty results are considered permanent and typically last for your entire life. In a surgical rhinoplasty, the bone and cartilage of the nose are physically reshaped and/or repositioned, while a liquid rhinoplasty merely uses hyaluronic acid dermal fillers (and, less commonly, Botox as well) to reduce the appearance of bumps and depressions on the nose, refine the nasal tip, and correct a crooked nasal bridge.
Restylane is the most commonly used product in a liquid rhinoplasty. Juvederm is preferred by some providers. If Botox injections are used as part of a liquid rhinoplasty, their most common use and purpose are to make the depressor nasalis muscle less powerful, thus allowing an additional lift to the tip of the nose if it is otherwise being pulled downward.