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.
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.
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.
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
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.