People have long thought about the reasons behind the different looks of noses across different climates. New studies suggest that the distinctive look of our noses may have evolved in response to local climate conditions. The nose is thought to condition the air moving into the lungs, preventing infections. This may explain why hot, humid environments see wider nostrils compared to the cold and dry climates, for example.
Regardless of reason, nose filler augmentation is a non-surgical method of creating a more well defined nose and is extremely popular because of its instant results without the associated recovery time required for the surgical rhinoplasty.
How do nose fillers create a sharper nose?
The ideal nose shape is one that is in harmony with the rest of the face. We won’t lie to you – there is some artistry involved in achieving the perfect nose for your unique features, so there is no one number or profile that will work for everyone. However, our aesthetic doctors and plastic surgeons have strong working guidelines that will take you as close as possible to the aesthetic ideal. After nose filler augmentation, people often notice more balanced facial proportions. For example, nose bridge fillers usually bring more attention to the eyes, and nose tip fillers give the appearance of a smaller nose (even though strictly speaking, nothing was done to physically shrink it).
In the past, the surgical rhinoplasty was probably the only way to achieve a new and more aesthetically pleasing nose. Today, thanks to the invention of injectable natural dermal fillers, the “lunchtime rhinoplasty” is now a reality. Beautiful curves, straight and slender bridges, correction of lumps and bumps and even the appearance of smaller nostrils can be created tastefully in under thirty minutes.
Are nose fillers safe?
The answer is both yes, and no. There are different dermal fillers in the market, some are not FDA-approved, or not as extensively studied as others. Differences in dermal fillers results in different reliability and results, safety profiles and also price. In addition, even within a single brand, there are often different filler types. For example, harder fillers have more ability to sculpt and lift, and are less likely to spread outwards (filler spreading at the nose frequently results in the classic over-filled, broad appearance, or “Avatar” nose).
Because of this, at the SW1 Clinic, we only use FDA-approved fillers. This gives us the capacity to choose the most ideal filler with the end-result for you in mind, with the lowest risk of side effects. It also gives us the flexibility to shape your nose using one or a combination of fillers (such as brow-tip aesthetic curve versus the nose bridge), for the most optimal results.
Which areas of the nose may our doctors choose to augment with nose fillers?
Crooked bridges or a bump on the nose will improve with nose bridge fillers which will create a straighter and often a more slender-looking nose bridge.
The typical southeast asian nose has a flatter nose bridge which can also be lifted for well-defined appearance. Bulbous tips and unflattering nasolabial angles can be improved with fillers.
Can nose fillers be combined with other procedures?
In some cases, our doctors may recommend the 3D Noselift, a procedure which combines bio-degradable nose threads for a more slender bridge and nose bridge fillers for even more height. The brow-tip aesthetic line may also be contoured with softer hyaluronic acid fillers to a ravishing effect.
Are nose fillers for you, or should you consider the surgical nose job?
Many people are happy with the new look that nose fillers give and continue with it. It can also be for those who wish to test out a new look before they are ready for the surgical rhinoplasty. If your nose bridge is low, nose fillers will create more definition and height and you will appreciate narrowing of the bridge. If you wish to dramatically reduce the volume of your nose, for example if you wish to refine or reduce excess nasal width, nasal flare, a fleshy nose tip or wide nasal base, the surgical rhinoplasty is another viable consideration. At the SW1 Clinic, we believe in living without limits, therefore we made sure we have all the available options there are for you.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
In general, nose filler augmentation is a comfortable procedure without downtime. To minimize risks of bruising and swelling, you may get Arnica and Bromelain tablets from the SW1 Clinic, which will speed up the recovery. Rare, unfortunate bruising can be promptly treated with VBeam, a nifty tool in our beauty and skin-saving arsenal, which will allow for swift resolution of the bruise. To get you the best odds, we ask that you avoid any blood-thinning medication such as Aspirin, NSAIDs, Omega 3 fish oils, vitamin E and even alcohol at least 24 hours before your beautifying procedure.