Did you know that ‘plastic surgery’ is actually a very common gift in Korea? This form of plastic surgery usually involves a less-invasive procedure like a nose thread lift or blepharoplasty (which does not require going under general anaesthesia), and is usually chosen as a gift from parents during a child’s graduation from university, or even as a Sweet Sixteen present! You could say that in some parts of the world, changing one’s features nowadays is considered as common as someone getting their driver’s licence. Getting a nose thread lift in Singapore is also something that is gaining popularity as it is a procedure that does not require you to be rendered unconscious, is able to improve your facial features, and has a quick recovery time compared to traditional surgical methods. Read on to find out more!
What Is A Nose Thread Lift?
A nose thread lift is also called a PDO-lift, or a Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift, or non-surgical rhinoplasty! It is non-surgical, meaning that you do not need to go under the knife or have to be put under general anaesthesia for this procedure to occur. A thread lift is a specific procedure that aims to achieve certain goals:
Produce a visible ‘lift’ in the skin
As the PDO threads are inserted in the targeted superficial skin tissue areas, they are able to ‘lift’ up areas of skin as they function almost like a stitch to tighten up certain areas. In contrast to surgical removal of loose skin, thread lifts help to pull back skin tissues for a lifted effect. The type of thread used will be discussed in the next section.
Stimulate a ‘healing response’ in the body for collagen stimulation
When threads are inserted into the skin, another positive side effect occurs. The body begins a healing response by stimulating collagen growth, which is great for facial regions that are already experiencing sagging or loose skin that tends to occur as ageing progresses. Around the nose regions, this can help to keep our skin strong and supple.
A study assessed a procedure where threads were used for lifting in the facial regions. A histological analysis that was done of the skin tissues 2 months after the procedure showed an increase in the thickness of connective tissues in the skin as well as increased vascular activity, with dilated blood vessels. This increase in thickness of the connective tissues indicates the growth of the collagen interstitial component and may remain even after the threads are completely reabsorbed as the changes have occurred at the level of skin cells itself.
What Are The Nose Thread Lifts Made Of?
Nose thread lifts are usually made out of polydioxanone (PDO). There are another two materials which are also used in thread lifts, called polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA), although PDO is the most common material used for nose thread lifts. This is a synthetic polymer which naturally hydrolyses over a period of 6 months and is often preferred as its absorbable nature can prevent any long-term complications associated with permanent implants, such as an infection. Some studies report that the breakdown product of PDO can have bacteriostatic properties, which prevents the growth of bacteria.
How Is A Nose Thread Lift Performed?
A nose thread lift procedure typically involves:
Avoiding blood-thinning products 3-5 days before your procedure, including taking certain supplements like ginkgo biloba and vitamin E, or medications like aspirin and ibuprofen.
The application of a topical anaesthetic cream over the target areas to assist in numbing it and preventing pain. This will be applied for about 20 minutes before the procedure. An injection of local anaesthetic may also be applied over the target area.
A cannula, which looks like a tiny tube, will be inserted into the subcutaneous skin region over the bridge of the nose and a PDO suture of about 6cm in length (depending on the amount you need) will be inserted through the cannula. The cannula is then removed gently, leaving the anchored thread in place.
The PDO suture, or thread, which is exposed at the entry point will be trimmed off.
A nose thread lift can be done over the bridge of the nose, or at the tip of the nose. The procedure is similar for both other than different directions of cannula and thread insertion. For nose thread lift recovery, you may be prescribed some medication to prevent any infections, and advised not to take part in any kind of intense physical activity or apply direct pressure on the areas in which the threads were inserted like rubbing your nose to prevent the threads from displacing for about 2-3 days.
How Will A Nose Thread Lift Improve Your Facial Features?
A nose thread lift helps to improve facial features through shaping an individual’s nose to achieve the desired look. It can help to lift the tip of your nose or slim down the nose bridge, which improves the contour of the nose. For those who would like to have more definition around their nose, a nose thread lift can provide a non-surgical option for your wants! An added benefit of a nose thread lift is that it can also improve your facial features by appearing to reduce the width of your nose due to its ‘lifting’ effect, giving a more balanced facial proportion.
What Are The Benefits Of A Nose Thread Lift?
One of the main benefits of a nose thread lift is that it is non-surgical and you do not need to be put under general anaesthesia or have parts of your nose shaved down to achieve a look you want! Other key benefits include:
Quick recovery time
The biggest advantage is that individuals can head back to their daily activities right after the procedure with minimal downtime! There may be some soreness, redness, or swelling around the injected sites but usually does not require any strong painkillers for it.
Relatively low risk
As PDO is the same material used for soluble surgical sutures used in medical surgeries over the last few decades due to its biocompatible properties, most young and healthy individuals do not experience any severe side effects unless they have a known allergy to bioplastic material. Consult your doctor to ensure that you are suitable for this procedure!
How Long Do Thread Lifts Last?
Thread lifts typically last 12-24 months, making it a great option for those who do not want a permanent procedure done on their facial features but would like a longer-lasting option than hyaluronic acid nose fillers in Singapore (that last around 6 months). If a follow-up treatment is done 9-12 months after the initial treatment, results may last longer. Some types of sutures, like PCA or PLA thread lifts, may also last longer as they take longer to dissolve. Contact us here at SL Aesthetic if you would like to get a consultation done for a nose thread lift today!