The nose plays an important part in one’s profile and it affects how a person looks. However, for most Asians’ noses, it lacks in height and projection and poor in definition with enlarged nostrils.


*the ideal angles of an ideal nose*

Many debates on which is better – nose filler or nose thread lift, and it can be confusing as to which is better because both does its’ job in giving the nose an augmented shape and make it more attractive.  This article will explain both nose filler and nose thread lift, along with a comparison table and you can be the judge as to which is better.


Nose filler treatment


Nose fillers are usually made up of Hyaluronic Acid as it is known for its excellent safety profile.  Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found in many areas of the body including the joints, skin and eyes, and can hold 1000x its weight in water. Because it is highly hydrophilic, it gives the skin moisture, volume, elasticity, helps to maintain shape, and also even out depressions in the skin.


Here are the benefits of Nose filler:

  • Results seen after the procedure.
  • Quick
  • Little to no downtime

The diagram above illustrates how the filler is being administered via different points of the nose.

Nose fillers can be administered in the nose bridge and tip to increase the height of the nose, and make the tip sharper.

 The cost for nose filler starts from $860 per cc.


HIKO Nose Threadlift


The HIKO Nose Thread Lift is especially popular in South Korea where a HIKO nose lift is a quick yet effective treatment to give your nose that extra height and lift, perfect for many Asian noses, which usually lacks height and projection. It is a very quick procedure, hence gaining its nickname: the ‘lunch time nose-job”.

 In medical terms, threads are inserted to lift the nose. This procedure is most effective in letting you design your dream nose – with the perfect profile and shape that works for you. If you’re aiming at having a sharper nose bridge, this is what you need.

In addition to this, it is a NON-SURGICAL rhinoplasty that is achieved with threads with minimal to no downtime as compared to a surgical nose implant.


Here are the benefits of HIKO Nose Threadlift:

  • Results seen after the procedure!
  • Quick
  • Little to no downtime
  • Does not have the associative potential side effects of fillers i.e. spread, lumpiness, migration of filler


Areas of the Nose that can be treated:

Bridge: Give a higher and more defined nose bridge

Body of the nose: Give it more height

Tip: Lift the tip of the nose to give it more definition (nicer nose tip)


Type of threads used

PDO or Polydioxanone threads are used for this procedure. This is a very safe material that is used for surgery amongst other medical procedures.

At M-Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Ho Rui Ming uses threads that are THICKER and lined with COGS as they provide MORE structure, support and lift to the area of the nose that is being treated.

PDO is inserted into the treatment areas and under the skin, stimulating collagen production and activating skin tissue. Patients can also achieve a tightening effect from the inside and out because the skin tissues will generate new collagen and fibroblasts.

How does HIKO Nose Threadlift work?

To understand how it works, we have a video of the procedure. 


Nose fillers or HIKO Nose Thread Lift: which is better?


Now it comes to the debate on which is better.


At M-Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Ho Rui Ming takes time to understand everyone as facial characteristics and goals are unique, before recommending the procedure.


Here is the comparison between Nose Fillers and Nose Thread lifts, illustrating the benefits and the suitability of the treatment based on the characteristics of the nose.







●      Able to lift the nose tip

●      Increase height of the nose bridge

●      Improvement in nose contour

●      Minimal downtime

●      Achieve a slimmer nose bridge

●      Achieve better definition of the nose

●      Reduce width of the nose

●      Stimulates the production of collagen in nose

●      Gives a more natural look

●      Able to lift nose tip

●      Give height to the nose bridge

●      Minimal to no downtime

●      Gives experienced injectors the ability to sculpt the nose precisely the way you want it

●      HA filler injection can be reversed with Hyalase injection


●      Soreness for a few days after treatment

●      It is not reversible but threads will be absorbed over time

●      May cause skin necrosis and even visual impairment (albeit uncommon)

●      May spread and make the nose wider

Ideal for

●      Nose that is slightly off-centre

●      Nose with low and ill-defined bridge

●      Nose with poor nose tip angle


●      Flat nose bridge

●      Ill-defined nose tip

●      Small refinements of the nose



●      Lasts up to 12 months. Stimulation of collagen will help with increased augmentation in the nose even after the threads have dissolved.

●      Results lasts up to 24 months, using Juvederm Fillers.


●      After 12 months, the threads are broken down. Collagen is formed and stimulated by the PDO threads so the results may be even better than before/baseline.

●      After 24 months, nose shape returns to original shape when the fillers are reabsorbed by the body.


●      Doctor’s expertise: This is considered an advanced procedure and it takes skill for the nose thread lift to look natural and to prevent complications

●      Type of threads used: Thinner threads will not produce the height and lift that is required

●      Right placement and position of the threads

●      Number of threads used

●      Doctor’s expertise: This is considered an advanced procedure and how the filler is injected is important to prevent side effects such as skin necrosis and even visual impairment.

●      Right amount of fillers. Too much fillers will cause the nose bridge to broaden.


●      From $899 for unlimited threads

●      From $860 per cc



However, the Nose Thread Lift and Nose Fillers are not suitable for individuals who have the following conditions:


  • Active skin infection or inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Have gone for a rhinoplasty
  • Are looking to change the entire appearance of your nose completely or fix a nasal deformity



Both procedures have their own pros and cons. One may be better for a certain group of patients whereas the other may be better for other groups of patients.

There are many patients who dislike their nose after having fillers administered as the fillers have spread, making their nose bridge wider. They eventually opt to dissolve the fillers and proceed with the Nose Thread Lift procedure.

There is no superior treatment between both, but it ultimately depends on your goals. If you would like a dramatic augmentation effect,  the Nose Fillers & the HIKO Nose Threadlift can be combined.



In a nutshell, when considering a nose filler or a nose thread lift as an option to augment and reshape the nose, ensure that you go to an experienced doctor.

M-Aesthetic offers both HIKO Nose Thread Lift and Nose Filler procedures. Dr Ho Rui Ming recognizes that everyone’s skin and profile is different and therefore requires personalized care.

Enquire now to find out more.



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