A LIQUID NOSE JOB AT LUNCH – AND NO ONE NEED KNOW
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.