Previously, nose augmentation or what people refer to as a ‘nose job,’ usually meant surgical rhinoplasty – a traditional surgery to change the shape of your nose by modifying the bone or cartilage. As painful as it sounds, this traditional procedure poses some surgical risk and a long recovery period. Fortunately, in recent years, due to advancements in aesthetic medicine, it only takes a 20-minute non-invasive thread lift to get a more defined, lifted nose.
But before you commit to this very popular ‘lunchtime nose job,’ you probably have some questions on your mind. Here, we’ve answered the top 4 questions asked by most Singaporeans, with the help of our expert aesthetic physician and thread lift trainer from the Artisan Clinic – Dr Isaac Wong.
With a special interest in non-invasive treatments, Dr Isaac is dedicated to providing his patients with the best options available in Singapore, with added humour to ‘bridge’ the gap...pun absolutely intended!
FAQ 1 - What Is a non-surgical nose thread lift?
As the name suggests, a nose thread lift uses a type of thread to lift the nose without having to go for an invasive surgery. These threads are made of bio-compatible polydioxanone (PDO) or the newer polycaprolactone (PCL) – the same material used in advanced collagen stimulators – meaning it can be absorbed by your body with no side effects. Typically, these threads are inserted horizontally into the nose bridge and vertically at the tip to hold it up better. And we should add that you won’t feel a thing as the nose area will be numbed with local anesthesia.
Doctor’s words: “I like to tell my clients to picture a nose thread lift like a scaffolding structure of a highway bridge or flyover. In this case it’s an added scaffolding for your nose bridge that helps reshape its contour and hold it up to the desired projection and height. The threads can be stacked together artistically to create an instant ‘implant’ of sorts.”
FAQ 2 - Why get a nose thread lift instead of nose fillers?
Nose thread lifts and nose fillers are both non-invasive treatments that are highly popular in Singapore. But there is a difference between the two.
The simple difference is that nose fillers are a good option to correct bumpy and curved defects of the nose by increasing its volume or height. Nose thread lifts on the other hand, are meant to enhance the definition and tip projection of the nose for a more sculpted, ‘highlighted’ look.
Doctor’s words: “Both the nose thread list and nose filler treatments are offered at our (the Artisan) clinic. After the initial consultation, I’ll be able to give my best recommendation of which treatment may be more suitable among the two, according to what the client would like to achieve. Whether it’s a bump on the road that needs to be smoothened out or a linear bridge that needs to be arched. Of course my evaluation is also based on the quality of the client’s skin and overall aesthetic condition.”
FAQ 3 - What is the risk of this treatment?
The simple answer is – there are no severe risks to this non-surgical treatment.
The nose thread lift treatment is performed by inserting a blunt cannula through the bridge of your nose to achieve the height as well as projection desired, and is one of the most fuss-free procedures in aesthetics.
You may experience slight bruising, pain and swelling around the target areas but this is just temporary and will heal pretty fast. Downtime for this treatment is very minimal, hence why we refer to it as a lunchtime nose job.
Doctor’s words: “It’s no surprise that many Singaporeans become unnerved when thinking of a nose job. They probably picture the surgeon cutting through the nose bridge to reconstruct it. The truth is, a nose thread lift achieves the same effect as old-school nose jobs without having to go under the knife. It’s fairly quick, painless and you could definitely meet your lunch date immediately after the procedure.”
FAQ 4 - How soon will I see results and how long does it last?
You’ll see satisfying results once the procedure is completed! A lifted and reshaped nose will be immediately visible after just one session.
The threads made from bio-compatible polydioxanone (PDO) will completely dissolve in your skin, 6-8 months after the treatment and your nose will stay lifted for 1 to 2 years. The polycaprolactone (PCL) material used has results that can last for 2 to 3 years. Of course, this means that you can decide to repeat the treatment for longer-lasting results.
Doctor’s words: “The nose thread lift available in Singapore is revolutionary because the patient can see visible results just after the first treatment. However, I strongly recommend that a repeat treatment is done anywhere between 9 to 12 months after the initial treatment for longer-lasting results. I like to check on the progress of my clients and usually advise them if some maintenance work needs to be done.”
These top 4 questions answered by our expert physician have probably already eased all your concerns about the nose thread lift treatment available in Singapore. If not, we suggest you consult Dr Isaac in person to get more advice about it. We can assure you that you’ll be welcomed with a cheerful conversation and leave with a satisfied smile all the way home!
Are you vying for a more sculpted sniffer with a chiseled tip? The proportion of the nose to the rest of the face does matter when it comes to perceived beauty. You’re certainly beautiful the way you are, but a small adjustment may perk up your confidence and give you a more defined profile. Read about the thread lift by Artisan Clinic Singapore on their official website, for more info.