Three years ago, the Internet freaked out over the idea of five-minute nonsurgical nose jobs. In a local magazine article, a woman recounted her tale – complete with photographic proof – of walking into a plastic surgeon’s office, getting the noninvasive nose-perfecting procedure done, and then heading directly to dinner with her friends.
Instead of going the traditional surgical route, she’d had her surgeon inject thousands of dollars worth of fillers into her face to straighten out the slope of her nose.
Laura, before the procedure
Nowadays, fillers for the nose (as well as any part of the face, neck, hands) has become commonplace. Some statistics have shown it to be more popular than rhinoplasty.
Here at Science of Pretty, we found out more from Dr. Low Chai Ling, who has been using dermal fillers not only to give patients a higher nose bridge, but also to “photoshop” away imperfections.
First things first: The “multi microdroplet technique,” as Dr. Low calls it, is mainly used to fix botched nose jobs, or on people who don’t have naturally prominent nose bridge. “In these cases, we can go back and add a filler to build a bridge for them or build an area,” says Dr. Low.
In typical rhinoplasty procedures, surgeons often construct the bridge of a nose by placing a small implant in the area, but according to Dr. Low, the hyaluronic acid injections make the process far simpler. If you’re looking to decrease the size of your nose or make certain other changes to the shape, however, you’ll probably still need to go under the knife. Though recent advancements have introduced a new nasal threadlift procedure to slim down bulky noses.
Laura, after Nose fillers
A major selling point of fillers is that they’re supposed to be far less painful, and have almost no recovery period.
Laura, who’s terrified of pain and needles being a “procedure-virgin” as she calls herself, was relieved that the procedure was surprisingly painless, and was over in about five or six minutes. When she was handed the mirror, Laura could see a distinctly sharper and more defined nose bridge.
“The huge advantage of it is that not only is it really quick, the patients are awake and they can see what’s going on,” says Dr. Low. “With a nose job, you only have one shot, and you wake up, it’s like a surprise on your nose. This is a very correctible and predictable procedure. The patient can look in the mirror and navigate, say whether they want a little bit more on the tip or on the sides. If they don’t like it, I can always take it down a notch.” To reverse it, doctors can melt the filler by injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase.
According to Laura’s experience, the recovery process is also fairly easy – she reported being a bit swollen right after the procedure. But that’s nothing compared to a typical nose job. In a traditional nose job, you have bruising, you have swelling, and it can take six months to a year for it to fully heal. For fillers, swelling is down and the patient is back to normal in about 24 hours.
Here’s the other thing: according to Dr. Low’s clients who have undergone similar procedures before, the “microdroplet” technique is not always used. In some cases, Dr. Low may employ a different technique known as the “threading” method which involves a single injection to leave a thin strip of filler.
According to Dr. Low, the latter is particularly useful for people who want an increase in definition from the bridge to the tip. “There is no one technique that is suitable for everyone. When someone walks into my office, I assess where they are at now, where they want to get to, then we can plan the path for them aesthetically.”
When we saw Laura the next day, there was nary a pin-prick to be seen on her nose. Now that she has jumped onto the aesthetic bandwagon, she is toying with the idea of The Sloane Clinic’s nasal shaping threads to slim down her nose sans surgery! Watch this space.