A common problem that Asians have when it comes to our noses is that they are not well defined and lacks height as well as projection. In the past, the only way one could get a lift on their noses would be to have a nose job. Nose jobs while efficacious and long-lasting, are extremely invasive in nature. This is because nose jobs require the patient to be put under the knife, which also can mean complications from both the procedure itself as well as general/local anaesthesia. Anaesthesia is necessary to prevent the patient from experiencing pain and discomfort from the procedure. This is where the game changer comes into play: Non-Surgical Nose Thread Lifts (Nose Thread Lifts). Let us discuss them today.
What is a Nose Thread Lift?
Nose Thread Lift is a medical procedure where absorbable threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) are strung through the nose in various positions in order to provide a lift to the nose. These threads come in varying lengths and thicknesses.
The general concept of a Nose Thread Lift is to insert the absorbable threads horizontally into the nose bridge as well as vertically into the nose tip to create a lift.
However, the number of threads required is dependant on a few factors:
- Existing nose structure
- Degree of enhancement
Why should I go for a Nose Thread Lift vs Nasal Fillers?
Nose Thread Lifts are very popular in recent times because of efficaciousness, as well as the lack of danger of causing Skin Necrosis, as well as partial to permanent blindness.
Risk of Nasal Fillers: Skin Necrosis
Skin Necrosis (literally meaning skin death) occurs when too much Nasal Filler is placed at the nose tip region.
The excess Nasal Filler prevents blood from circulating properly to the affected area and causes the skin to die.
Risks of Nasal Fillers: Blindness
In the past, when Nasal Fillers were the only non-invasive option patients had to enhance their appearance, there was a low risk of blindness that patients had to take into account before going for the procedure.
This blindness is caused by accidental injection of the nose filler in large quantities into two arteries that surround the nasal bridge. They are called Angular Arteries.
The Angular Arteries are then consequently pushed into other surrounding arteries, specifically arteries that supply the ophthalmologic and retinal arteries, causing them to clog. This leads to partial or full blindness.
With Nose Thread Lifts, the risk of this is completely eliminated. Nose Thread Lifts can do what Nasal Fillers did – but better.
Wow! That sounds amazing! Are there any undesirable side-effects to nose fillers?
Common and possible side-effects to Nose Thread Lifts include:
- Mild Bruising, Swelling, Pain
- Slanted Nose Bridge
- Thread Extrusion
Do note that many of these symptoms are associated with all kinds of surgeries due to the piercing of the skin.
How long do the threads last in my nose? Are they permanent?
The threads do not last forever in your nose. As mentioned above, the threads are fully absorbable and made of PDO. The results last approximately 1 – 2 years, while the threads take 6 – 12 months to dissolve.
All of this varies patient to patient, or more specifically, is dependant on the thickness as well as the number of threads.
In some cases, the threads last longer than a year due to collagen fibres being stimulated by the procedure. This prolongs the duration the threads can last.
If the treatment is repeated 9 months after the initial treatment, the effects of the Nose Thread Lift can be expected to last longer.
In fact, some level of permanent lifting can be expected due to collagen fibre stimulation.
How long does the procedure take to complete?
The amazing thing about Nose Thread Lifts is not only the fact that it has minimal risk and is minimally invasive, is the fact that it has no downtime as well! Nose Thread Lifts only take 15 – 30 minutes to do.
Who is suitable to do the Nose Thread Lift?
Virtually anyone is suitable to do the Nose Thread Lift. The Nose Thread Lift is most suitable to those who want immediate results without surgery.
Those who dislike the long downtime of a surgery and like natural results will enjoy getting a Nose Thread Lift.