In the past, if you wanted to change how your nose looked like, you had only the surgical nose job to look forward to. Now, injectable dermal fillers are actually a thing, and these miraculous things can actually transform your nose in less than 30 minutes. But wait, even more recently, nose threadlifts have gained their own foothold in the market. Just what exactly are all the options for someone who wants a new nose, and which ones are suitable for you? How can inserting a gel or thin suture threads into the nose make it look smaller?
1. Nose Fillers
Also known as the “Liquid nose job”, this lunchtime procedure is magically transformative. Dermal nose fillers in a gel form are injected into the nose and last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years. These fillers are commonly made of a biodissolvable substance such as hyaluronic acid, and your body dissolves the filler over time. These are great for augmenting the nose bridge, correcting curves, bumps and lumps.
Doesn’t injecting a filler into the nose theoretically make the nose larger? Strangely, no! By lifting the nose or straightening the nose bridge, the nose miraculously appears smaller, the inner corners of the eyes are drawn a little closer together, a secondary enhancement that is more than welcome by many flat-nosed Asians.
2. Nose Threadlift
Invented in South Korea, the nose threadlift was created for Asians who frequently have noses which lack height and definition. Using threads which are made of the same material as surgical sutures, these threads are inserted along the nose bridge and sometimes, into the nose tip.
If the results of nose fillers were magic, then nose threadlifts are miracles for flat and bulbous asian noses. The refinement you get from a nose threadlift, especially a more advanced procedure such as the 3D noselift, is probably as close as it gets to the results of a surgical rhinoplasty.
“Too much nose filler can lead to a overfilled look, broadening of the nose bridge that looks classically Avatar-ish. The 3D noselift is a 3-prong approach which uses a combination of threads and fillers to lift the nose bridge, refine the nose tip and nostrils and also recreate very natural-looking shadows along the dorsal aesthetic line” says Dr Michelle Lim, aesthetic doctor at the SW1 Clinic, one of the largest aesthetic clinics located in Paragon Medical, Orchard Road.
3. It Is Relatively Painless
For something with such transfixing images on social media, one would think you would need to be inflicted with a certain degree of pain or downtime right? I don’t blame you for thinking like that but no, having gone through the procedure myself twice, I can safely declare that these are relatively painless. Firstly, people who made the cosmetic fillers have probably thought of that, and therefore, most hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have numbing in them. Secondly, a good doctor would have thought of ways to prevent pain and downtime, so a good aesthetic doctor would numb the nose carefully before starting the injections. In the case of nose threadlifts, a numbing solution is injected along the nose bridge and nose tip before the threads are introduced.
Frankly, you mostly feel slight pressure and light manipulation by your doctor during the procedure and almost a little sore for a day or two from the very slight trauma of the procedure.
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4. It Can Be Dangerous In The Wrong Hands
I won’t lie to you, there are risks. These are rare, but complications of vascular compromise, which occurs when the filler occludes or impedes blood flow through and artery have been documented. The most serious have caused blindness, when a major artery had been blocked by the filler embolus, cutting off blood supply to the eye’s retina.
It is therefore most important to look for an experienced doctor who knows all the potential minefields and the safest locations to inject the filler into. This is also probably why many doctors are moving towards nose threadlifts, because there are literally no risks of vascular problems since no fillers are used. If nose fillers are to be used, Dr Michelle Lim advises to opt for those made of hyaluronic acid, so that they can be dissolved quickly and easily with hyaluronidase.