Nose augmentation is an evergreen popular procedure as the nose is located in the middle of the face and affects the appearance both from the front and profile views. The most sought after treatment to enhance, augment and reshape the nose is the nose filler treatment.
Not only does it give instant results, it also requires minimal to almost no downtime as compared to surgery.
Nose fillers is able to augment the height of one’s nose bridge and lift the tip, enhancing the beauty angles of the nose and also create an illusion of a slimmer face.
Types of nose fillers that are used
There are many types of fillers, but nose fillers which are made up of Hyaluronic Acid would be recommended due to its’ 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. Being highly hydrophilic, it gives the skin moisture, volume, elasticity, helps to maintain shape, and also even out depressions in the skin.
HA gets depleted as one ages, hence causing a loss in facial volume and formation of wrinkles.
What are the problems and risks with Nose Fillers?
Although, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers such as Juvederm Fillers are used in the nose filler treatment, there are some potential risks and side effects.
- Possible risk of blindness.
The nose essentially have a minefields of arteries – end arteries, or terminal arteries, are the sole supplier of oxygenated blood to specific areas. The arteries around the nose are linked to each of the eye’s retina and also nourish the skin around the nasal tip and nostrils; a clog in these pipes could deprive the skin of oxygen, causing “skin death” or necrosis over the course of several days.
When a retinal artery is clogged, blindness can occur right away. In such instances, the area should be injected with hyaluronidase – an injectable enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid, and only works on HA-based fillers. An immediate consult with an ophthalmologist would also be advised.
If you would like to continue with nose filler treatment, it is wise to get a professional consultation with your doctor and best to only proceed with only Hyaluronic Acid Fillers and not permanent fillers.
- May spread and make the nose wider
While the fillers may augment the nose bridge, making it sharper and higher, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers and will spread over time, making the nose wider than before.
This is because the nature of the fillers itself is gel-like and can be molded.
- May cause small lumps
There have been some cases of small lumps appearing. These are usually due to long term inflammation resulting in hard granuloma formation. Always use a reputable brand of fillers to minimise this risk.
4. Asymmetry, or a Lop-Sided Nose Bridge
It’s common for some people to have facial asymmetry. If a nose filler treatment is done well, the uneven facial appearance can be corrected and improved upon. But if it is not done professionally, there is a huge chance that the fillers can gather at one side, causing lop-sidedness. Depending on the situation, the doctor can either inject more filler (needed if one side is under-filled) or use hyluronadase, to reduce or dissolve the bump or fullness.
- Risk of Skin Necrosis (“skin-death”)
Filler injection induced necrosis is rare but can happen and it is due to the direct injection of the filler into a vessel.
Not to worry, not doing nose fillers does not mean you have to resort to going under the knife. With advancement in technology, there is now another option for a non-surgical nose job – the Nose Threadlift, or also known as HIKO Nose Thread Lift.
What is HIKO Nose Thread Lift?
The HIKO Nose Thread Lift is a popular non-surgical procedure in South Korea. It 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”.
Ko – Nose
Literally translated, Hiko means high nose. 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.
It is the union between surgical implants and dermal fillers.
Here are the benefits:
- Results seen after the procedure!
- Little to no downtime
- Does not have the associative potential side effects of fillers i.e. blindness, spread, lumpiness, migration of filler
The Nose Thread Lift can help in:
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)
What kind of threads are used in the Nose Thread Lift procedure?
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 which 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 fibrosis.
How does HIKO Nose Threadlift work?
To understand how it works, we have a video of the procedure.
Are there any side effects or problems with the Nose Thread Lift?
HIKO nose thread lift procedure is very quick but there can be potential side effects if not performed correctly. Hence, it is important to seek treatment by an experienced and reliable doctor.
Potential side effects which are usually caused by flawed procedural techniques such as the wrong choice of threads, lack of experience and poor knowledge of anatomy are:
- Nasal deviation
- Threads are seen just beneath the surface of the skin due to too superficial placement of the threads
- Lack of height, projection and lift
How is HIKO Nose Thread Lift Safer?
Done professionally, these threads have no risk of causing skin necrosis or blindness as they are inserted and placed subcutaneously through the use of blunt micro-cannulas instead of being injected into the skin through a sharp needle.
The HIKO Threads are also made up of PDO (Polydioxanone) which are used in surgical sutures to stitch wounds.
M-Aesthetic offers the HIKO Nose Thread Lift procedure. Dr Ho specializes in thread lift procedures and is one of the few doctors that uses the thickest and strongest threads in the industry with cogs on it. This means more collagen stimulation, better results and longer-lasting effects.
He also recognizes that everyone’s skin and profile is different and therefore requires personalized care.
Customized treatment programs are formulated to address your beauty concerns and the most appropriate treatment program that will benefit you the most will only be recommended.