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My Thoughts on the “Liquid Rhinoplasty”

The uses for injectable fillers continues to grow.  Initially relegated to areas like the “parentheses” around the mouth, they now are increasingly used in Food and Drug Administration off-label methods throughout out the face.  This includes their use in the nose.

Before undergoing treatment the patient is anesthetized with a topical to maximize comfort.  I’ll mix additional local anesthetic into the filler so that anesthetic is delivered during the injection as well.  Small amounts of the filler are placed and massaged into the areas of deficit, in order to avoid any contour abnormalities.  Results may last over a year.

Although touted as a “non-surgical alternative” by those who do not perform surgical rhinoplasty procedures in the Boston area, “liquid rhinoplasties” are extremely limited.  Fillers add volume to the nose, and therefore are not the correct approach for someone who is seeking to reduce the size of his or her nose- as many patients are.  Furthermore, structural changes of the nose are best accomplished through surgical alteration of the osseocartilaginous framework with a formal rhinoplasty.  Finally, there have been reports of these filler injections compromising blood flow to the nose resulting in areas of tissue death and loss.  This can result in permanent disfiguring scarring.

For these reasons, patients who are undecided about surgery and want to “try on” a rhinoplasty before committing to surgery may be the best candidates.  Should they like the result, my recommendation is then to proceed with a surgery.  Once recovered, the results are permanent, cost-effective, and without the associated risks of multiple nasal injections.

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Dax Guenther, MD:
Coastal Plastic Surgery
2 Pond Park Road #308
Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: (781) 740-7840
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Before/after hours appointments available
Dax Guenther, MD
6b Amelia Dr
Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone: (508) 901-9239
Dax Guenther, MD
170 Commonwealth Avenue #108
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 306-3175
Dax Guenther, M.D. is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery Dax Guenther, M.D. is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery FACS, Fellow American College of Surgeons

Dr. is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Boston, Nantucket, and Hingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Guenther sees patients from Boston's South Shore and cities such as Cohasset, Scituate, Duxbury, Plymouth, Milton, Cambridge and Brookline. He performs facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and other procedures.

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Dax Guenther, MD:
Coastal Plastic Surgery

2 Pond Park Road #308
Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: (781) 740-7840
Map of Nantucket Location
Dax Guenther, MD
6b Amelia Dr
Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone: (508) 901-9239
Map of Boston Location
Dax Guenther, MD
170 Commonwealth Avenue #108
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 306-3175
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Dr. is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Boston, Nantucket, and Hingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Guenther sees patients from Boston's South Shore and cities such as Cohasset, Scituate, Duxbury, Plymouth, Milton, Cambridge and Brookline. He performs facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and other procedures.