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Juvederm, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, can be used on the nose area in 1 of 2 ways. First, in line with its most common use, Juvederm can help fill in lines and wrinkles around the nose around for a smoother, younger-looking appearance. Second, the volumizing properties that make Juvederm such a popular filler for treating facial volume loss in areas such as the cheeks, also make it a dermal filler that can be used to re-shape and augment the nose. When used for this second purpose, Juvederm can help patients achieve results similar to a nose job, without having to go under the knife. This procedure has become increasingly popular in recent years as doctors continue to explore the many versatile uses of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.
A non-surgical nose job, also called a non-surgical rhinoplasty, liquid rhinoplasty, or lunchtime nose job, is a medical cosmetic procedure where hyaluronic acid gel is used to re-shape the nose. This procedure can help address curves, bumps, lumps, size, length, asymmetry, tip projection, and radix projection in the nose. It can even help correct the appearance of congenital or acquired deformities, such as issues called ‘saddle nose or a ‘ski slope’ appearance. A non-surgical nose job can completely alter the appearance of a patient’s profile by re-working the shape of the nose. The procedure involves injecting small amounts of dermal filler into areas of the nose that require an increase in volume. A very small needle is used, and some doctors choose micro-droplet or linear threading technique to achieve precise results.
Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty procedure, a non-surgical nose job is not permanent. The longevity of the results will depend on the dermal filler used and the patient. As hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, it is gradually broken down by the body, making any treatment using hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers temporary. The longevity of results will always vary by patient, with optimal treatment results lasting up to one year or more. Factors that will affect the duration of results include the patient’s age and lifestyle, the severity of correction and the injection technique used. However, patients can always return for touch-ups as required once the results begin to diminish.
There are some pros and cons to using Juvederm dermal filler for a non-surgical nose job instead of going the traditional surgical rhinoplasty route. The most obvious difference between the 2 procedures is the permanence of the results and the methods used. While rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and a recovery period, Juvederm injections are non-surgical, minimally invasive, require only topical anaesthesia, and have minimal downtime. Additionally, the non-surgical nose job is quick, taking only 5 to 20 minutes in most cases, and providing instant results. All of this makes the non-surgical option much safer. Juvederm injections are also the cheaper option, and results can be reversed if the patient is not satisfied. However, non-surgical nose jobs will not be able to help with any functional problems with the nose, and cannot help patients who are looking to decrease the size of their nose.