Many Asians do not have sharp, defined noses like their Caucasian counterparts. It comes as no surprise when nose job is one of the most common aesthetic treatments performed in Asia. Undergoing a cosmetic treatment allows the doctor to contour the nose and give it height and projection, increasing the overall appeal of your face. One of the most common ways to contour the nose is by way of a surgical procedure called ‘rhinoplasty’. It is a plastic surgery procedure to correct and reconstruct the nose. However, the downtime is long and the stakes are high.
Hence, people are exploring non-surgical options to improve their appearance. According to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there is a steady increase in the number of cosmetic procedures performed yearly. The statistics also revealed a sharper increase in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures as compare to cosmetic surgeries.
Non-surgical nose job: A popular treatment in Singapore
While a surgical nose job remains a viable option for people who want to achieve a sharper, more defined nose, non-surgical option is becoming more popular. With the steady rise in the use of non-surgical treatments due to social media and celebrity influence, quick and easy ‘lunch-time’ treatments are becoming commonplace.
We speak to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah of Radium Medical Aesthetics, to find out more about non-surgical nose jobs, how they work, and the results and the associated risks.
What does a non-surgical nose job entail?
There are two main ways doctors perform a non-surgical nose job in Singapore – dermal filler and nose thread lift.
NOSE DERMAL FILLER By applying dermal fillers on the bridge and bump of the nose, doctors are able to make slightly off-center noses look completely straight. Additionally, by injecting tiny amounts of dermal fillers around the tip of the nose, doctors can make it look thinner. Nose filler treatment is a popular because it is a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance of the nose.
NOSE THREAD LIFT Special threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) are inserted horizontally into the nose bridge and vertically into the nose tip. The threads help to shape the nose and provide a scaffolding structure to support the nose in its desired state.
PDO nose thread lift is a non-surgical nose augmentation treatment that does not require general anesthesia. The treatment can be performed comfortably with a combination of numbing cream and local anesthesia.
After these special threads are embedded into the nose, they will completely dissolve after 6 to 8 months. However, the nose continues to stay in its lifted position for another 8 months because of the collagen production around the threads.
What are the benefits of nose thread lift and nose filler over traditional rhinoplasty?
With non-surgical nose thread lift and nose fillers as effective nose augmentation treatments, there are more options for patients to choose their preferred treatment for the outcome that suits them best.
One thing for sure, non-surgical means less risk, less downtime, and fewer side effects. A non-surgical nose job using dermal fillers and thread lift means that the treatment can be done in just 40 minutes and with little pain. Surgical rhinoplasty, however, takes a month or longer to recover from the treatment and results may not always be desirable.
A nose thread lift and nose filler are not permanent, so if you don’t like the results, you can wait for a few months for it to completely dissolve, or even have it reversed immediately if it is nose filler. A surgical rhinoplasty is permanent and it is another major surgery to have it removed.
Why are nose fillers and nose thread lift rising in popularity?
We live in a fast-paced society with social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram influencing people to look good at all times. Many Hollywood stars and social media influencers are getting little tweaks with fillers, allowing them to look fresher and younger with almost no downtime.
Nose fillers and nose thread lift treatments are great non-surgical nose augmentation options for people who want things done quickly and safely, yet at an affordable price point, making it possible for most people to undergo the treatment.