Not gonna lie, I’ve wanted a rhinoplasty (nose job) for a long time, ever since I was in the modeling industry. In fact, I was about to do it when my then-boyfriend, who’s a doctor, stopped me and explained the risks involved. He told me he’d recently treated a patient who’d had a nose job that didn’t go well. I got scared by what he said, so I decided not to go through with it. 😂
In the past few years, nose thread lifts have become a popular alternative to traditional rhinoplasty that doesn’t involve surgery. This procedure involves inserting threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) into the nose to reshape and lift the nasal tip. Learning about this made me happy because I finally had an alternative to traditional rhinoplasty, and I instantly became very interested in doing it.
When I had a facial treatment recently, I took the chance to ask my aesthetic doctor about it.
“Your nose is already fine,” he said, touching my nose, “so why do you want a nose thread lift?”
I told him I wanted to lift and sharpen my nose. Then he explained the procedure to me, saying that under local anesthetic (to numb the nose), at least 10 thin threads would be inserted inside my nose. The threads are inserted through a small incision at the base of the nose or between the nostrils and then pulled to lift and reshape the nose. However, they would not last long. It must be done every 12 months and can only be done three times max.
“I don’t want you to waste your money, believe me. You’re still young. If you really want it, get rhinoplasty. It will last indefinitely. Don’t do nose thread. As your doctor, I wouldn’t recommend it,” he said and continued,
“Go to Korea, or much cheaper, Thailand. They are excellent at rhinoplasty.”
After hearing all of that from him, I decided to ditch my interest in doing a nose thread. Plus, my doctor said my nose is already fine, so I don’t think I’ll bother with rhinoplasty either.
Since I had the opportunity to ask my aesthetic doctor about the procedure, I thought I’d share his advice with those who might not have access to a doctor as I do. Even though nose thread lifts might seem like an attractive option, there are several reasons why you should reconsider.
Lack of Long-Term Data
Nose thread lifts are a relatively new procedure, and there is a lack of long-term data on their safety and effectiveness. While short-term results may appear promising, the long-term effects of nose thread lifts are not well understood.
Risk of complications
Like any medical procedure, nose thread lifts carry a risk of complications. These may include infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. In addition, the threads used in the procedure can break or migrate, leading to further complications.
Nose thread lifts are not a one-size-fits-all solution. The procedure may be effective for mild to moderate cases of nasal tip droop, but it may not be suitable for more severe cases or for individuals with other nasal concerns, such as a crooked nose or a wide bridge.
Unlike traditional rhinoplasty, nose thread lifts offer only temporary results. The threads used in the procedure dissolve over time, which means that the lifting and reshaping effect will eventually fade. In addition, some individuals may require multiple treatments to achieve their desired results, making nose thread lifts a potentially expensive and time-consuming option.
There are other non-surgical and surgical options available for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their noses. Non-surgical options such as dermal fillers can provide a temporary lift and reshape the nose without the risks associated with nose thread lifts. Alternatively, traditional rhinoplasty offers a more permanent solution for individuals with more severe nasal concerns.
So, if you’re considering a nose thread lift, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not a long-term solution. The threads used in the procedure dissolve over time, which means that you’ll need to go back every 12 months to maintain the results. Plus, you can only do nose thread lifts three times max. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, it might be best to consider other options.
X, Hani. ❤