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  • Nose Filler vs Nose Thread Lift: Which is More Suitable for You

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    Nose fillers and nose thread lifts are nonsurgical options for getting a beautiful nose. There are plenty of people across the globe, and in Asia especially, who aspire to enhance their complexions. Since the nose happens to be in the centre of the face, it is probably the first thing that gets noticed. Luckily, the latest medical technology allows for non-invasive nose jobs which provide long-lasting results and require little to no downtime. But what is the difference between them and who are they suitable for? Read on to find out more about fillers and thread lifts for nose enhancement.

    What Are Nose Fillers?

    A nose filler is a nonsurgical procedure people undergo for cosmetic purposes. It comes in the form of injections that patients receive to improve their noses. Although the treatment is non-invasive, it’s best to be performed by a trained skin doctor. More often than not, a session lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, meaning you can have the treatment on your lunch break if you wish. So convenient.

    Use of fillers:

    • To enhance nasal contour and tip projection
    • To straighten bumpy or bent nasal bridge
    • To improve other small nasal deformities

    For your comfort and peace of mind, the doctor will numb the treatment area with an anaesthetic cream. In other words, you’re unlikely to feel any pain during the procedure. Mind you, however, that you may experience a little bit of a biting sensation because of the needles. The good news is, once the treatment is over, you can return to your normal daily activities right away. That is, no downtime is required.

    Side effects

    It is important to note, this treatment might produce side effects such as bruising and redness. That’s nothing to worry about, though. They will subside in a few days. In the meantime, if you want to hide them, the good old foundation will come to your rescue.

    Please note that the above paragraph does not address side effects that may occur due to lack of expertise. If the procedure is not executed correctly, blindness and skin necrosis are both possible drawbacks.

    Materials used

    Now, most of the nose fillers these days are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally produced in the body. This narrows down the chances of patients developing an allergic reaction. Aesthetic clinics in Singapore, in particular, use these products because they are mouldable and firm, adding to a more natural look.

    In addition, there are silicone fillers, which give permanent results. But some physicians advise strongly against using these. For one, silicone is not a natural substance and may generate a ton of side effects, not to mention pose a health threat to your body. Another reason against this type of fillers is that they are difficult to remove.


    The results begin to show immediately, and the good thing is no one will be able to tell you had a nose enhancement. This is because the effects are as close to natural as possible. But here is something to keep in mind. One procedure is likely to last up to 12 months, the reason being the body will absorb the hyaluronic acid at some point. So, if you want to maintain the results, you have to repeat the procedure approximately every nine months.

    What Are Nose Thread Lifts?

    A nose thread is a substance made of polydioxanone (an absorbable chemical). It is inserted into the nose tip or bridge to make the nose more appealing to look at.

    It is fair to say that nose thread lifts work twofold. Not only do they help shape, lift and contour your nose immediately, but they aid the creation of collagen, which further enhances your complexion. Basically, these threads dissolve in time. And when they do, new collagen forms. As a result of that, the skin becomes smoother and tighter, additionally helping with the nose’s contour and definition.

    Use of nose thread lifts:

    • Higher nose bridge
    • Straighter nose profile
    • Making the nose tip smaller and sharper by lifting it
    • Better nose bridge definition


    Similarly to nose fillers, this procedure delivers immediate results. The embedded threads will most likely dissolve after eight months or so. But that won’t affect the way your nose looks right off the bat. On the contrary, it will stay nice and lifted for another year. And if you repeat the treatment sooner than that, you might actually prolong this period. It’s even possible to achieve some permanent lifting if you ensure that collagen production never ceases.

    Side effects

    If the threads are not embedded properly into the skin, this may cause extrusion, migration, and infection.

    What to Ask Your Doctor when looking for Nose Thread Lifts?

    These two types of cosmetic treatments are growing in popularity among Asians who want to “fix” their ill-defined noses. In Singapore solely, there are a number of healthcare facilities offering non-surgical nose jobs to address different problems. As the trend is continuing to grow in and outside of Asia, choosing the right doctor is of utmost importance. Singapore health portal DoctorXDentist has a complete guide about nose fillers and nose thread lifts. Alongside with example video how Dr Chua Cheng Yu trains foreign doctors on nose threads:

    Here is what to look out for:

    • Ask your doctor what threads or fillers they are going to use
    • Show them your medical record
    • Discuss any possible complications
    • Ask them about their experience
    • Ask about some before and after pictures of previous patients
    • Make sure to choose a specialist with a proven track record

    Bottom Line

    Generally speaking, both treatments are non-invasive and able to yield satisfactory results in some patients. A nose filler is suitable for height and volume, whereas a thread lift serves to achieve greater definition and contouring. They do have their advantages and disadvantages, though. Don’t forget about the risks. When it comes to cosmetic procedures, there is always room for mistakes. Weigh down the pros and cons to see if you will be okay with the outcome and its possible downsides. Last but not least, always consult with a certified and trained skin specialist. They know best. They will tell you if you are suitable for either of the procedures, answering any additional questions you may have.

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  • Standing during pregnancy tied to poor infant growth

    A new study conducted in the Netherlands suggests that standing for long hours may be connected to the poor growth of an infant during pregnancy.

    For the study, researchers looked at women who stood for long hours for work or other reasons. On average, these women birthed babies that had heads that were 1 centimetre smaller than the average baby’s head circumference.

    There was another interesting finding that was highlighted in this study. Women who worked over 25 hours per week tended to have babies that weighed (on average) five to seven ounces less than babies from mothers who worked less than 25 hours per week.

    Studies conducted previously showed connections between long work hours and:

    • Low birth weight
    • Premature Birth
    • Birth Defects

    However, this recent study did not find any connection between standing and any of these complications. It seems that they’re only related to working long hours, whether standing or sitting.

    Among the jobs that required the most standing were teaching, childcare and sales positions.

    The study did not measure stress as a factor.

    Since this study was conducted in the Netherlands, it would be advisable to try to replicate these results in studies performed in other countries.

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  • Untreatable gonorrhea spreading from Japan

    Until recently, gonorrhoea was an easily treatable sexually transmitted disease.

    Standard treatment involved several doses of antibiotics. However, recently scientists have been documenting the spread of “untreatable” gonorrhoea, which has grown resistant to most standard treatments.

    In 2008, an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhoea was discovered in Japan. It was classified as a “superbug” since it didn’t respond to any conventional treatments.

    “This organism has basically been developing resistance against every medication we’ve thrown at it,” said Dr Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, a scientist in the agency’s department of sexually transmitted diseases. This includes a group of antibiotics called cephalosporins currently considered the last line of treatment. – NBC News

    Since 2008, many other countries have reported encountering gonorrhoea that’s resistant to antibiotics. Affected countries include:

    • Japan
    • Australia
    • France
    • Norway
    • Sweden
    • Britain

    As of right now, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea hasn’t been detected in the United States.

    More than 106 million people are infected with gonorrhoea each year, with around 700,000 of these cases being in the United States. If the spread of this particular strain of gonorrhoea continues, it could transform into a significant threat to public health.

    If left untreated, gonorrhoea can cause a number of potentially serious complications, especially for pregnant women.

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  • Ecstasy drug causes serious memory issues, study shows

    A new study highlighted in the scientific publication Addiction shows what many researchers may already have guessed – the drug called ‘Ecstasy’ most likely causes serious memory problems.

    This study is significant because it also proves that Ecstasy can actually change the brain, which has been a controversial theory among researchers until now.

    The new results offer some of the best evidence yet that the drug can change the brain, says psychiatric neuroscientist Ronald Cowan of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “It’s been very, very difficult to convince people that there’s a causative effect of the drug,” he says. “This adds strong evidence to that.”  – Science News

    It’s theorized that Ecstasy causes serious issues in the brain, mostly related to the chemical messenger called serotonin.

    In the study, participants that used an average of 33 Ecstasy tablets over a year-long period scored far worse in memory tests – both for short-term and long-term tests. This is considered light to moderate use for most Ecstasy users.

    Though the study’s results are interesting, more research is needed. If this effect could be replicated in a similar study, more information could be gained on what type of effects Ecstasy has on brain functions over long periods of time.


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  • Stress at work will make you age faster, study confirms

    It’s nearly 5:00, and you’re watching the clock. In a few blissful minutes, your terrible workday will be over, and you’ll get to retreat to the comfort of home.

    This scenario is familiar to millions of Americans who are dissatisfied with their current occupations.

    However, it’s just now being confirmed that working a stressful job actually does have real effects on how fast your body ages.

    Stress has already been implicated in lowering immune function, negatively affecting your cardiovascular system and possibly raising your risk for cancer. This new study cites a stressful job as being the catalyst for damaging cell DNA that’s critical for keeping us in good health.

    Here are the findings of this study:

    “A study led by Kirsi Ahola of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health measured the length of DNA sections called telomeres and how the lengths varied in association with job stress. It found that people with the most job stress tended to have shorter telomeres.” – TODAY Health (Full Study Results Here)

    This is important because telomeres typically shorten with age or after exposure to oxidation. If the telomeres become extremely short, the cell often dies. If the cell doesn’t die, the short telomere causes it to function incorrectly, further damaging the body.

    Telomere shortening has been associated with many health disorders, including diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s and heart disease. This means that by working a stressful job, you could be raising your risk for these age-related health disorders.

    Other types of stress can also contribute to short telomeres.

    Stressing about money, marriage or relationship problems, health problems or the stress of past trauma can also contribute to shorter telomeres. Interestingly enough, men tend to have shorter telomeres than women.

    It’s no secret that stress has become a problem for our society’s mental and physical health. However, it hasn’t really been the focus of many federal health initiatives. If stress has become a contributing factor for so many possibly devastating health issues, reducing stress should become our primary focus.

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  • Researchers claim rice contains unsafe levels of arsenic

    You may have heard about unsafe levels of arsenic being discovered in some types of apple juice.

    However, according to new data from researchers, rice could be another source of dangerous arsenic in the human diet.

    The physiology of the rice plant makes it particularly susceptible to soaking up arsenic from soil and groundwater. Also, the cultivation method for many rice fields could be another reason for the high arsenic content.

    While some experts say that a person would have to consume incredibly large quantities of arsenic-tainted rice for it to have any effect, there is a significant concern when it comes to children and infants. Many baby cereals are rice-based, and some baby formulas use rice ingredients. Babies and children are much more susceptible to the harmful effects of arsenic.

    Another potentially worrying issue is that the arsenic found in rice is “inorganic” arsenic, which many researchers have theorized to be much more harmful to the human body.

    Read more about the arsenic in rice at the source link.

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  • Long Work Hours May Cause Depression

    Working more may actually be hazardous to your mental health, according to the results of a new study.

    Scientists at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health studied more than 2,000 white-collar workers for a five-year period. All of the workers were in good health, and none of them had a past history of mental disorders or depression. The average age of these workers was 47 at the start of the study.

    The study had some not-so-surprising results. For the men and women who worked 11 hours per day or more, they had nearly double the risk of developing depression compared to test subjects who worked 8 hours per day or less.

    Previous studies have already displayed a link between the workplace and mental disorders such as anxiety.

    The study was carefully controlled, with parameters to rule out other factors influencing depression – such as socioeconomic status and substance abuse.

    Perhaps we should take the results of this study to re-evaluate our work habits. While working long hours may bring in a higher income, it could have potentially harmful effects on your mental health, especially if you find your work environment to be stressful.

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  • High Blood Pressure May Cause Social Awkwardness

    In an interesting study, scientists have discovered that having high blood pressure may actually change the way you perceive emotions.

    The study was published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine and displayed a surprising propensity of test subjects with high blood pressure to have difficulty recognizing different emotions. The test subjects not only had trouble reading emotions from a text – they also had a hard time discerning between different facial emotions displayed in photographs.

    This interesting result is called “emotional dampening”, which means that a person can have reduced effects to both positive and negative life events.

    Emotional dampening victims also show reduced reactions to pain, fear and stressful situations.

    The test subjects with high blood pressure showed marked signs of emotional dampening, as well as a lack of social sensitivity. This is interesting since it could change the way they’re able to interact with others on a social level. For example, they may be unable to read key cues to when a person is joking, which could cause them to become offended or upset. Also, they could have trouble conveying humour without offending other parties.

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  • An Hour of TV may shorten your life by 22 minutes

    Watching TV can really be hazardous to your health, according to researchers in Australia.

    Scientists at the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland studied 11,000 adults and their television habits. They also incorporated estimates about the amount of television that adults watch each year.

    However, the problem isn’t the TV itself (no, you’re not going to be irradiated by your TV screen). Instead, it’s the lack of activity for long periods of time which is damaging to your health. Since many countries, the United States included, are experiencing an obesity epidemic, it’s easy to see how lack of activity could be detrimental to good health.

    According to some experts, it’s recommended that you get at least an hour of moderate activity per day in order to maintain good health. Though it’s better to set up an exercise regimen, simply getting off your couch and getting active is enough to help lessen the effects of periods of long inactivity.

    According to this study, watching one hour of television can shorten your life by 22 minutes.

    This is approximately the same effect that you receive when you smoke two cigarettes.

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  • Hiccups Were Only Symptom of Man’s Heart Attack

    For most of us, hiccups are a body function we deal with on a regular basis.

    However, did you know that if you have non-stop hiccups for two days, it could actually be a sign of a serious medical condition?

    In an extremely rare phenomenon, a 68-year old man was only warned of his heart attack by experiencing non-stop hiccups. After hiccuping for four straight days (every 4-6 seconds), he finally went to the emergency room to seek treatment.  He had no other health complaints.

    Of course, the doctors gave him some medication to ease his hiccups and sent him home. However, after the man continued to hiccup for two more days, he went back to the emergency room. This time, they gave him an electrocardiogram (EKG), and to their surprise, he showed several abnormalities. He was finally diagnosed as having a small heart attack.

    Doctors admitted that this particular case was extremely rare, which is why they hadn’t suspected a heart attack the first time the man sought treatment.

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