If you’re a big follower of beauty and lifestyle blogs, then you might have heard of Xiaxue and Bong Qiuqiu. They’re both well-established and famous Singaporean bloggers and are known for their articles about the beauty and lifestyle scene of Singapore. Both of them are also unashamed in admitting that they’ve undergone some cosmetic procedures and surgeries to enhance their physical appearances.
One cosmetic procedure they really recommended to everyone was the nose lift or nose job. Like a lot of Asians, many Singaporeans desire to have a more defined nose, with a standout nose bridge that is sure to attract many people. One way to achieve that is by getting a traditional nose job or rhinoplasty, which is a surgical procedure for nose augmentation. It’s a particularly popular procedure, but it carries the risks of many invasive procedures, such as haemorrhage and bacterial or viral infections. This is why alternative nose augmentation procedures have grown in popularity, including nose thread lifts in Singapore.
What are nose thread lifts?
Nose thread lifts are an example of a nose augmentation procedure. Unlike traditional rhinoplasty where a lot of deep incisions are needed, nose thread lifts only require 2 to 4 incisions and are minimally invasive. Through these small incisions, special threads are inserted into your nose to give it the exact shape, definition and height that you want. These threads are made of special material that promotes the production of collagen on the target area, which improves skin texture and increases skin quality.
How safe are nose thread lifts?
First of all, I will reiterate that unlike traditional nose lift surgery, nose thread lifts are minimally invasive procedures. What this means is that very little incision is needed to perform the treatment, unlike for a traditional nose lift where long and deep incisions are made. This lessens the risks of infection and other possible complications you may develop from a surgical procedure.
When it comes to the material involved in nose thread lifts, polydioxanone (PDO) is the most commonly used. It is very safe and has been used for more than 30 years, not just for thread lifts but as sutures for stitching incisions and wounds.
Of course, there are times when a person is not a good candidate for thread lifts. In this case, the specialist will usually advise an alternative treatment or procedure that is more suitable for his/her situation.
How is a nose thread lift performed?
First of all, before the procedure, we need to take care of our body by eating healthily alongside a great exercise routine. You will then have to undergo a full consultation so that the doctor can then determine the best route for you to take – whether it’s a nose thread lift or something else entirely.
Just before the procedure, your doctor or specialist will first use a felt tip pen to mark out the regions where the threads will be placed. A numbing cream is then applied, followed by the injection of local anaesthesia into the nose bridge and tip. This is to ensure that there is very little discomfort or pain for the patient during the nose thread lift. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, a needle is then used to puncture the spot where the threads will be inserted. One by one, each thread is inserted into the nose using blunt cannulas. The cannula is then slowly removed, leaving the thread inside.
The whole procedure takes just 30 minutes to finish. This is an amazingly quick procedure, especially if you compare it to traditional rhinoplasty surgery which can take from 2 up to 3 hours to finish. This is why it is usually recommended for working professionals who want to get a nose lift but are not willing or able to set aside some time for recovery. In fact, many nose thread lifts are performed at lunchtime, with several patients going back to their workplace as if nothing happened.
How is recovery after a nose thread lift?
Immediately after the procedure, there will be some swelling and bruising on your nose area. This is normal and applying a cold compress will help the swelling to subside. If you feel some pain, take some painkillers such as paracetamol but avoid anti-inflammatory medicine. Inflammation is needed to stimulate collagen production. Avoid the sun as much as possible and wear a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
Full recovery after a nose thread lift usually takes about 2 or more weeks. However, the discomfort and pain should be minimal, and if you have a daily job there’s no need to skip it. Avoid any facial massages as it may distort your nose lift while it’s still healing.
1Aesthetic recommend that patients interested in getting a nose thread lift should visit an aesthetic clinic first and schedule a consultation with a specialist. This is to ensure that the patient’s safety and comfort is the main priority.
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