Thread Lift or Nose Fillers: Which Suits You?
Are nose fillers on your mind? If you’ve been paying attention to all things aesthetics, you would know that nose jobs are passé. Rhinoplasty used to be the be-all solution to getting the perfect nose, but recent stats paint a different picture. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 352,555 people had rhinoplasty procedures in 2020. That’s 3% lower than the previous year and 9% lower than the numbers from 2000.
However, this trend is not because people have decided to steer clear of nose-enhancing procedures altogether. The desire for a perfect nose persists; it’s just that we’ve found less invasive ways to achieve it. Here’s introducing nose thread lift and nose fillers: the two revolutionary treatments that have redefined nose enhancement.
Keep reading to learn about these game-changers and find out which suits you best.
What are nose fillers?
Nose fillers involve adding a liquid gel-like substance under your skin to contour and add volume. Also called the liquid nose job, this is a minimally invasive nose enhancement procedure compared to traditional nose enhancement surgery. What’s more, it can help alter the shape of your nose from the bridge, tip, and nostrils.
Some nose fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in your body popular for its moisturising capabilities. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and boost collagen production. As such, it efficiently adds volume and restores moisture to the skin, giving it a smoother, plumper appearance.
What are the benefits of getting nose fillers?
Nose fillers can correct bumps, slim down, and enhance the shape of your nose without you going under the knife. They also help heighten the tip of your nose while making it look as subtle and natural as possible. And if you’re worried about safety, nose fillers are one of the safest cosmetic substances today. Since nose fillers mostly contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your body, there’s no risk of adverse effects.
Nose fillers, like nose thread lifts, are quick in-office treatments with zero to minimal downtime. It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, and you can continue your day as usual. Additionally, nose fillers are reversible and removable. In fact, your doctor can even reverse the results, should you not be happy with them!
Nose filler prices in Singapore are also much lower than what you will shell out for a nose enhancement surgery. Check with your preferred aesthetic clinic, and you’ll be surprised by how cost-effective these turn out over time.
What is a nose thread lift?
Now, onto the other side of the coin: nose thread lifts. Also often referred to as Hiko thread lift, a Korean word that literally translates to ‘high nose’, a nose thread lift is amongst the most sought-after treatments to achieve a beautifully tipped nose.
The procedure involves using polydioxanone (PDO) threads, which are 100% bio-compatible and dissolve naturally over time. The PDO threads are inserted under the skin to lift and tighten the tip, giving you a sharper, higher nose bridge. They also stimulate collagen production to provide a sustainable contour and add volume to your nose.
What are the benefits of a nose thread lift?
Nose thread lifts carefully contour your nose like a nose job, without the need for invasive surgery. These thread lifts can give you a tighter, more defined look in just over an hour. Plus, with low downtime, you can continue your usual day once you leave your doctor’s office.
Some patients prefer nose thread lifts over fillers as nose fillers in some cases, may migrate or create lumps over time. Since the PDO threads in nose thread lifts dissolve in your body naturally, there’s lesser to worry about. The threads will also generate new tissue fibroblasts and boost collagen production, resulting in a longer-lasting contour effect.
The Verdict: Nose fillers or thread lifts?
If you need our final word on this, nose fillers and thread lifts are both minimally invasive nose enhancement procedures. The key distinction is their components – hyaluronic acid for nose fillers; PDO threads for thread lifts. They both alter the shape of your nose to give you the perfectly pointed silhouette you have always wanted. But how should you know which one would suit you best?
Nose fillers come in all shapes and types and vary in their reliability and results, often reflected in the price and safety profiles. A skilled doctor will help you choose between different fillers, hard or soft, and ply them to sculpt and lift your nose as required. In general, we recommend sticking to a medical setup for your nose fillers and only choosing FDA- approved fillers. Also, be open to trying a combination of fillers – this implies a skilled doctor, who is confident of achieving the results you are after!
Either way, both nose thread lifts and nose fillers are excellent options to consider instead of full-blown surgery or rhinoplasty.
Moreover, for the best results, why not get both? Doctors recommend combining both nose fillers and thread lifts, as this can give your nose the extra lift that a single procedure alone can’t deliver. It’s also like getting the best of both worlds since you unlock their benefits in one!
About the Author – Dr Michelle Lim
Dr Michelle Lim obtained her medical degree at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2009. After this, she completed her Ophthalmology apprenticeship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne where she also undertook her postgraduate clinical research fellowship in retinal vascular disease. Dr Lim trained intensively as an eye surgeon at the Singapore National Eye Centre and has a special interest in microsurgery and general ophthalmic procedures including cataract, refractive, glaucoma, cornea, retina, neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastic.
With this specialized background in Ophthalmology, Dr Lim brings attention to detail and key surgical finesse to aesthetic procedures: from rejuvenating lasers to anti-wrinkle injections to peri-orbital fillers. Her sense of aesthetics also extends to other parts of the face and body as she has a keen eye for detail and an appreciation for the artistry of facial aesthetics.