I've heard of fillers to augment the nose and chin. Is this possible? Is the injectable filler as same as liquid silicone? Are there any risks involved? I would like a higher nose bridge and a longer chin.
Using a filler to augment the nose and chin has recently gained in appeal. Fillers are minimally invasive and can potentially help someone who is concerned with the financial expense, anaesthesia risk or downtime generally associated with surgery. A variety of fillers are available and have been used for filling in wrinkles and folds as well as for facial soft tissue augmentation.
I would recommend a temporary filler such as a hyaluronic acid derivative, which can last for six to nine months depending on individual circumstances, before it completely disappears from the body. Permanent fillers for augmentation are taboo for most dermatologists and plastic surgeons, since their substances are not removable.
Liquid silicone is different from a hyaluronic acid filler. It is known to cause severe deformity and should be avoided. The liquid silicone can migrate along multiple planes away from the original site of injection. If injected into the nose area, it can even migrate down the bridge of the nose after several months or years, giving your profile a witch-like look. Many patients have to seek help from plastic surgeons to correct these complications.
A hyaluronic acid filler is therefore safer, but there are still a few risks associated with cosmetic procedure of this type such as bleeding, infection, an allergic reaction and disproportionate amount of injected filler.
If you would like to have the nose and chin augmentation using fillers, I suggest you visit a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with extensive experience so that he or she can explain the procedure thoroughly before commencing treatment.