Life & Style Weekend - - YOU/WELLBEING - – news.com.au

It’s noth­ing new – in fact, a non-sur­gi­cal nose job has been around for the bet­ter part of 10 years, but through prod­uct ad­vance­ment and so­cial me­dia, it has be­come a sought-af­ter cos­metic pro­ce­dure. De­pend­ing on the aes­thetic physi­cian, open rhino­plasty – or sim­ply nose filler – in­volves in­ject­ing one or three types of der­mal filler (all con­tain­ing hyaluronic acid) into a hooked nose, tak­ing no more than 15 min­utes. The con­ve­nience and re­sults of the “liq­uid nose job” are at­tract­ing more and more Aus­tralians, which is ul­ti­mately a sculpt­ing ex­er­cise to cor­rect or soften a bump through lift­ing and con­tour­ing the nose. “It’s a quick and more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to your tra­di­tional sur­gi­cal nose job,” Dr Joseph Hkeik said. In the past two years, Dr Hkeik has seen his clien­tele dou­ble, with this one of the most pop­u­lar pro­ce­dures across his four Syd­ney-based All Saints clin­ics. It comes af­ter liq­uid facelifts and cheek aug­men­ta­tion. “It costs about $990 re­gard­less of how much filler we have to use and can last be­tween one to two years (de­pend­ing on what’s been done).” Dr Hkeik ex­plained the filler will “drop” with time, but af­ter a year can be tweaked. “You don’t have to take three weeks off work, there is barely any pain, bruis­ing or swelling – we put on med­i­cal make-up and no one has a clue what you’ve had done,” he said. With a rise in the use of aes­thet­ics in the face of so­cial me­dia and celebrity in­flu­ence, “lunch­break” treat­ments are be­com­ing com­mon but Dr Hkeik warns the pro­ce­dure isn’t to be taken lightly. Al­though it is a straight­for­ward process, it is a high-risk zone and not for begin­ners. He means be­cause of the pro­ce­dure’s in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity, peo­ple need to be aware of in­jec­tors’ qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the plethora of un­trained prac­ti­tion­ers. “Don’t use so­cial me­dia to check cre­den­tials. It is not a place to see if peo­ple are good or not,” Dr Hkeik said. He ex­plained im­ages on so­cial me­dia shouldn’t be used as a com­plete guide, as some ma­nip­u­late them (pho­to­shop them) to give a false in­di­ca­tion. “Go to their web­site, call the prac­tice, find out about the doc­tor – have a con­ver­sa­tion with the clinic. And not beauty salons,” he said.

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