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Nose Threadlift  - an Update

The Nose Threadlift is currently a very popular option of nose enhancement after the nose filler. What do we now know about it?

The procedure is specially targeted at giving you a straighter, somewhat higher and more defined nose bridge or nose tip. In addition, Nose Threadlift can also lift your nose tip and make it appear sharper with smaller sides of nose.

It is done by injecting long and thick dissolvable PDO threads onto the nose bridge or tip. Generally, only 1 entry point is required for both the treatment of the bridge and tip. The threads both lift the height as well as define where they are placed as they are made of solid material with tiny hooks.

Generally, the results produced by Nose Threadlift procedure are:

  • Lifting of the nose tip to make it sharper and smaller;

  • Straighter nose profile;

  • Greater definition of the nose bridge; and

  • Higher nose bridge.

What is used in Nose Threadlift?

The threads used for the Nose Threadlift procedure are called PDO (polydixanone) threads. The PDO threads have been scientifically proven to be fully absorbed by the body after some time. As the PDO threads dissolve over time, they create new collagen, and tissue fibroblasts in the skin, which results in tighter skin, hence enhancing the nose’s definition and contour.

In addition, once inserted, the nose threads act as a scaffolding structure which immediately helps to contour, give definition, sharpen, lift and or shape the nose as desired without surgery.

A lot of threads used in the past are short and smooth mono threads, which gives no or minimal results because they are too thin and smooth and therefore are unable to provide sufficient scaffolding to lift the nose sufficiently. On the other hand, threads that are too thick are more likely to cause scarring.

On the other hand, the screw cog nose threads are different from ineffective mono threads because the screw cog nose threads are peppered with cogs, maximizing the scaffolding, lifting, and contouring effect of the nose.

If you want to have a higher and straighter nose without invasive nose implant surgery, non-invasive procedures such as the Nose Threadlift or the Nose Filler (separately or also combined) can enhance your nose naturally without the risks and pain of going under the knife.

There are also different lengths and thickness in the threads that are used. A standard size may generally work for most individuals but occasionally, there can be variation on the most suitable thickness and length of selected threads to best suit the nose type and desired result. The possible lengths are 40mm, 50mm, 70mm and 80mm, whereas possible thickness include sizes 3-0 and 2-0. For enhancing the nose tip, the best threads are size 2-0 / length 40 or 50mm, depending on the height of the nasal septum. For lifting the nose bridge, 3-0 threads give some definition but no significant height lift, which is ideal for some who want it to look more natural and "not done". For those who want a more dramatic effect, 2-0 threads can achieve the look of a nose implant, especially when combined with nose filler. Using 40 to 50mm threads on the bridge will only enhance the lower bridge, so 70-80mm is recommended for the full bridge, with the latter being more suitable for bigger builds e.g. males.

It is not easy to always accurately determine the best combination of nose threads all the time and takes an expert eye, experience with many of such procedures and a deft hand to determine the best fit of threads for your nose type and desired result.

Tiffiny Yang Aesthetics & Surgery carries a comprehensive range of the most suitable screw cog nose threads from Korea - different lengths and sizes of nose threads so we are able to select the most suitable length and size according to your nose type, to achieve your desired effect. Such expert selection requires our expert eye and the experience of having done many of such treatments. Not every size and every length is suitable for every type of nose; using a standard length and size potentially leads to either complications or insufficient results!

What are the common pitfalls of Nose Threadlift and how can we avoid or solve them?

The procedure is completed in only 1 treatment session. Adjustments may be necessary during the follow up review to tackle potential problems with Nose Threadlift. The nose threadlift procedure carries slightly different risks compared to nose filler treatment. Thread extrusion and poor healing scar on the nose tip are common problems that may occur but can be resolved during a follow up review visit, which is why a review is highly recommended.

(1) Thread extrusion – unsuitable thread length may be a reason for extrusion where the thread pokes out of the skin at the entry point. These threads may be removed, cut off, pushed back in or concealed with a little filler.


(2) Scar on the nose tip – can be a problem in individuals who poor healing of skin, smokers or an overly thick needle used during the procedure. Laser treatment may improve the appearance of the scar.


(3) Infection is less common except with thread extrusion – it can be easily avoided with a sterile procedure and avoiding over-manipulation of the threads after the procedure. The risk for infection with any implantation procedure is present, albeit low. Care with sterility during the procedure is of utmost importance to avoid infection, as well as after care – please do not apply makeup or facial products on the treated area until at least 3 hours after the procedure. In the case of an infection, oral antibiotics for 2 weeks and regular cleaning of the wound to remove pus and debris is important to speed up recovery.


(4) Insufficient result - the right thickness and length, the presence of cogs and sufficient number of threads are all essential to an effective nose threadlift. If the result is not what you desired, it could be any of the reasons below:

  • Inaccurate type of Nose Threads used such as the incorrect thickness or length.

  • Inaccurate number of Nose Threads placed; that being said, there is also a maximum number of threads that may be placed as limited by the space allowed within your nose type before it pulls the skin too tight.

  • Inaccurate technique of placement of Nose Threads to maximize its potential lifting effect.

Some discomfort in the form of a dull ache is normally expected for the following week, especially near the upper gum or mid bridge area, but it mostly resolves within a fortnight. This is not a problem, just part of undergoing the procedure. A little analgesia will be sufficient to tide you through the short period.

How does it compare with the Nose Filler?

Advantages of the Nose Threadlift: As compared to Nose Filler, thread migration or broadening of the nose is far less common and risk of lump formation almost nil. It also does not carry the much feared danger of intra-arterial injection which can lead to skin necrosis and blindness. It is certainly superior in achieving nose bridge definition and nose tip reshaping. It generally lasts longer than most types of filler that can be used for the nose.

Advantages of the Nose Filler: Nonetheless, the Nose Filler is useful in achieving a much higher nose bridge on profile and especially when combined with the Nose Threadlift. Nose Filler is also highly advantageous in fine corrections of nose deformities as it is much more versatile, such as in smoothening out a nasal hump where variable amounts need to be placed along the bridge to even it out. Nose threads are even in diameter throughout their length and too many will be necessary to even out a similar hump compared to the Nose Filler. Nose Filler also tends to lift the nose tip forward more than nose threadlift can, even though it does not reshape as sharply as nose threadlift.

Comparing the two types of treatments for the nose, it seems good to be able to combine both sometimes and then, to let an expert eye recommend the better option among the two after assessment of your nose type at other times, depending on what you will like to achieve as your ideal perfect nose.

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