01 September 4 Ways To Transform Your Nose Without a Rhinoplasty
A decade ago, the only way to correct an out-of-proportion nose was to go under the knife. A surgical rhinoplasty involves general anaesthetic, roughly 2 hours of surgery in which the surgeon adjusts the bone and cartilage beneath the skin, a big old tell-tale splint bandage (no chance of “I just woke up like this!” working here), a week or so of downtime, and a price tag in the thousands. We hear you – there’s got to be another way!
Despite the upheaval, there’s a reason the rhinoplasty is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries in the UK (it was the no. 1 most popular surgery among men in 2018). The effect the nose has on the holistic facial appearance is extraordinary, especially when viewing the face in profile. A proportional, well-balanced nose adds symmetry, balance, and definition. It can correct lumps, bumps, and asymmetries that may have caused patients a lifetime of self-consciousness.
In this article we’re exploring a couple of ingenious methods that give our patients their dream nose without the disruption. They can be done in less than a lunch break, and you won’t be talking out with a splint – we promise!
Dermal fillers for the nose
Dermal fillers are an incredibly quick, simple, painless, and cost-effective way to contour your nose and boost your confidence. Many patients try dermal fillers before they take the plunge into permanent surgery, but some feel the results are so brilliant they don’t feel the need to trade up.
The process of injecting HA (hyaluronic acid) fillers is sometimes referred to as a fluid or non-surgical rhinoplasty, due to the results being almost as dramatic as a surgical rhinoplasty. The main difference is that they last around a year rather than a lifetime, are a fraction of the price, and utilise a substance that occurs naturally in the body.
Fillers can be applied in a bespoke, case-by-case way that’s unique to your features. They can smooth out bumps when applied above and below the bridge, make the nose appear thinner and more delicate when applied to the tip, and even create a ‘tip lift’, which gives the nose a youthful, upturned, Disney-esque look. In the hands of an expert practitioner, dermal fillers are arguably the most versatile, customisable way to achieve your ideal nose.
Thread lift for the nose
Another option for a non-permanent nose enhancement is APTOS PCL threads. Made of collagen-stimulating PCL (polycaprolactone – a natural, biodegradable substance that is eventually metabolised by our bodies), they work with your natural tissues to boost volume and structure.
There are a few advantages to this lesser-known treatment. Firstly, PCL threads are not able to migrate in the way fillers sometimes can. They stay firmly in place like scaffolding, so there is zero risk of lumps and bumps that can be caused by improper administration of the hyaluronic acid. Secondly, due to their collagen and hyaluronic acid stimulating nature, results with PCL actually get better and better over time. In many cases, they’re even quicker to apply than dermal fillers, and last roughly as long.
The APTOS thread lift is the perfect corrective for an off-centre nose. We also use them for facial rejuvenation, often in a unique combination with dermal fillers, and are UK leaders in application of this wonderful cosmetic technology. Exclusive combination treatments for enhancing the whole face holistically, especially with a focus on balancing the nose and overall profile, can be discussed at River.
Which is best – fillers or threads?
As with all cosmetic procedures, the perfect option depends on what will work for your individual needs. However, there are some notable advantages that make threads worth considering:
- PCL threads can achieve a higher and straighter nasal bridge. Because of their structure-defining abilities, they can build up the profile of your nose in the way fillers can’t quite achieve.
- PCL threads carry no risk of migration. As we mentioned before, incorrectly applied filler can migrate, causing the nose to widen rather than looking slimmer and sharper.
- PCL threads carry zero risk of blood vessel damage. In any application of dermal fillers, there is a minor risk of compression of blood vessels, which can lead to permanent visual change and skin necrosis. Threads cannot be injected into blood vessels, and will never move from where they are placed.
If you’re feeling experimental…
There’s yoga for everything nowadays – aerial yoga, goat yoga, beer yoga – now ‘nose yoga’ is being purported to change the shape of the nose without surgical intervention. Facial exercises are nothing new, and performing various stretches and contortions for 30 minutes a day has been shown to result in some changes in firmness and cheek fullness. Our noses, however, are made largely of bone and cartilage. The small muscles that support them don’t have much bearing on the shape or structure, so we’d highly recommend spending 30 minutes on a session with us once a year over 30 minutes of nose yoga every day!
If you’re not quite ready to undergo a cosmetic enhancement, one thing you can do at home is to contour the nose to lend the appearance of a straighter bridge and narrower tip. Using a contour cream 2 to 3 shades darker than your skin tone, draw a thin line down either side of the bridge, one across the tip, and one underneath the tip. Use a highlighter around 1-2 shades lighter than your average skin tone to fill in the gaps, and blend. This won’t have much effect from the side view, but face on and in photos, can make a difference.