Rhinoplasty: What Procedure Is Best for You?

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Changing the look of your nose can transform your appearance and help you to feel more confident. We now have more than one option for changing the appearance of your nose, surgical and non-surgical. When you are considering rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, it is vital to meet with your surgeon to decide if a surgical or non-surgical solution is best for addressing your needs. It is also important to meet with your surgeon to consider your other facial features to ensure the aesthetics of your face stay intact. 

A nose job is not a one size fits all and your cosmetic goals are unique and important.

The Rhinoplasty Transformation

A dorsal hump oftentimes brings rhinoplasty patients to the office and is the most common issue addressed by rhinoplasty. A dorsal hump is a small bump on the bridge or dorsum of the nose, that is formed by bone and cartilage irregularities. A dorsal hump can be the result of genetics and oftentimes appears during puberty. Trauma or injury can also cause a dorsal hump to develop. Most patients with a dorsal hump are looking to get rid of it in order to have a more smooth, and slope like profile. 

A deviated septum is another reason patients consider rhinoplasty. A deviated septum can make your nose appear crooked and comes from having an uneven septum. Your septum is the cartilage that separates the nostrils.  In many instances, the nostrils are even but when you have a deviated septum there is unequal division, making one nostril larger than the other. A deviated septum can cause one nostril to be blocked and cause difficulty breathing. 

Many people who have a deviated septum were born with it, but an injury can also cause a deviated septum. A deviated septum can be accompanied by breathing challenges, uneven nostril breathing, nosebleeds, sinus infections, nostril dryness, snoring or loud breathing, congestion or pressure, and facial pain. 

Having a deviated septum fixed is an elective surgery. Many of the symptoms of a deviated septum can be treated with medicine but rhinoplasty or more specifically septoplasty can help reconstruct your nose, the aesthetic of your face, and address minor and major health struggles related to this condition. 

Liquid Rhinoplasty

Liquid rhinoplasty is a great alternative to the more well-known, and invasive surgical rhinoplasty. No incisions are made when a liquid rhinoplasty is performed. Instead, injectable fillers are administered. The same fillers used to treat wrinkles and gaunt-looking features on the face can be used to make mild to moderate changes to the shape and appearance of your nose.

Liquid rhinoplasty is less expensive than a traditional nose job, and it is incredibly convenient to be able to return to work right away. 

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Benefits of Liquid Rhinoplasty

Liquid rhinoplasty can address and smooth small indentations in the nose, drooping at the tip of the nose and it can also plump the area surrounding the nose. 

Liquid rhinoplasty is performed at the plastic surgeon’s office and patients are able to leave as soon as the procedure is complete. Numbing cream can be used and no anesthesia is required. Liquid rhinoplasty is a quick procedure and usually takes under an hour.

The results of liquid rhinoplasty are immediate and if you are dissatisfied with your results, this procedure is reversible.

What to Expect 

Again, the liquid rhinoplasty procedure takes about one hour. It is important to note that there will likely be some minor bruising and possible swelling. It is also important to remember that the results of a non-surgical nose job are temporary and will require maintenance in about one year. 

Surgical Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty also known as a nose job is a surgical procedure performed to change the shape of your nose or address more serious issues, like breathing problems. The bridge of the nose is constructed of bone and the lower part of the nose is constructed of cartilage. 

Rhinoplasty is a great option if you are considering permanent cosmetic improvements, and rhinoplasty can be easily matched with other cosmetic surgeries like chin augmentations. The results of a rhinoplasty require no maintenance. 

Rhinoplasty requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia with sedation is typically used in an outpatient setting. Local anesthesia is administered in a particular area of your body. Your surgeon will inject a numbing medication into your nasal tissues and sedation medication will be administered through an intravenous line. You will be groggy but not fully asleep. Depending on your particular circumstance general anesthesia may be administered by inhalation or through an IV. General anesthesia affects your whole body and causes you to be unconscious during your procedure. 

Your rhinoplasty procedure may be done inside your nose or through a small external incision. 

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Getting Ready for Your Procedure

In preparation for your rhinoplasty procedure, your surgeon will initially take a look at your medical history and determine if you are healthy enough to have the procedure of your choice. Photographs will be taken to determine where cosmetic improvements can be made. These photographs will help you refine your aesthetic goals.

It’s important to discuss with your surgeon if your expectations are real and reasonable. 


If you are a smoker you will need to stop smoking at least two weeks before your procedure and during your healing process. You will need to sleep with your head elevated above your chest, and your nose may be congested. 

Some bleeding and mucus drainage are common for a few days after your surgery and after removing your post-op dressings. 

Aerobics will be a no-no for several weeks. You will be advised to avoid getting your dressings wet in the shower, and will not be able to blow your nose. 

You will need to plan for at least one week off from your obligations. Prepare for some swelling and understand it can take a few months for swelling to be completely unnoticeable. 

Contact Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery

If you have more questions or are interested in scheduling a rhinoplasty or liquid rhinoplasty consultation, contact Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ladner is double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. We are here to help you find the answers and dispel your fears. Call (303) 253-7686 or go online to schedule a consultation.

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