Surgical or Liquid (Non-Surgical) Rhinoplasty: Which one is right for me?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that changes the appearance of your nose. Liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical treatment that can refine the shape and profile of the nose. Surgery is a permanent treatment that can alter both the shape and size of the nose.

The best option depends on the specific correction you want. Cost, downtime, and potential side effects may also factor into your decision. By understanding the benefits and potential drawbacks of each type of rhinoplasty, you will be able to select the best course of action for you.

What is Liquid (Non-Surgical) Rhinoplasty?

What is a non-surgical rhinoplasty? This treatment uses injectable facial fillers to add volume and change the contours of the nose. It can straighten a crooked slope or curved bridge, minimize the appearance of bumps, or address other types of asymmetry.

How does liquid rhinoplasty work?

This procedure injects dermal fillers into strategic areas of the nose for a temporary change in the appearance. It can be completed during a brief office appointment and typically requires no downtime. 

Typical side effects include swelling and tenderness, which typically subside in a few days. Patients usually see results from their liquid rhinoplasty nearly instantly, and improvements usually last a few months. Regular treatments can ensure long-lasting enhancement.  

How much is a liquid rhinoplasty in Charlotte, NC?

Cost depends on the injector you choose – at our practice, it is a flat fee of $1,200.  It is essential to choose your injector based on experience and expertise, rather than price, to ensure you achieve the best possible results. 

This procedure offers immediate results with no downtime in most cases. Results can be reversed if a patient isn’t happy with them, with injections of an enzyme to dissolve the filler. 

Learn more about a non-surgical rhinoplasty here.

liquid rhinoplasty before and after results in Charlotte, NC

What’s the Difference Between Liquid and Regular Rhinoplasty?

There are limitations to the aesthetic results a liquid procedure can achieve. For example, filler cannot make a disproportionately large nose look smaller. Surgery can reduce the size of the nose and provide more dramatic correction that is permanent. 

Surgeries are a one-time investment as opposed to liquid procedures that need to be repeated regularly to maintain results. It can take up to one year to see the full results of a surgical rhinoplasty, as you may have residual swelling for many months. However, changes do not ever need to be repeated as long as you are happy with the results of your initial procedure. 

difference between liquid and regular rhinoplasty

How Long Does Liquid Rhinoplasty Last?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty lasts anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the specific filler used and how quickly the patient’s body metabolizes the hyaluronic acid in the filler. A regular treatment schedule will ensure improvements last indefinitely. 

How Long Does Surgical Rhinoplasty Last?

Regular rhinoplasty offers a long-lasting, permanent solution. It’s fully customizable, giving patients a more harmonious, balanced appearance. 

Which One is Better: Surgical or Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Depending on the condition you’re looking to fix, either type of rhinoplasty might be the right choice for you. If you are looking for quick, subtle improvement, a non-surgical rhinoplasty may be the best option. If you want more dramatic improvement, changes to the size of your nose, and long-lasting results, surgical rhinoplasty is a better choice. 

which one is better surgical or non surgical rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Procedures in Charlotte

Your consultation in Charlotte, NC will help you determine the best procedure for your specific needs and goals. I am a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of surgical rhinoplasty techniques. My expert injectors include Amanda Piligian, PA-C, and Courtney Whitley, FNP-C. They perform non-surgical rhinoplasty with the highest level of care and the best possible outcome.

Give us a call at 704-842-3644 or book your appointment online today to learn more about your rhinoplasty options.


Next, read about some of the fillers used for non-surgical rhinoplasty here.

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