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Nose fillers, also known as non-surgical nose jobs, is a non-invasive treatment option available to patients who want a sharper nose tip or a taller nose bridge without undergoing surgery.
Undergoing nose filler treatment can improve both your side and frontal profile.
The amazing thing about this treatment is one session typically only takes 15-25 minutes. This means that you can literally have a new nose look in a day.
The implication of this is that nose fillers are best suited for individuals who cannot stand the long downtime of getting a surgical nose job (rhinoplasty). Especially those who want to impress their family and friends immediately.
Obvious but not that obvious
Nose fillers, when done right, are obvious in a way that others can tell there is a discreet difference with your facial profile. But not obvious enough that they know it is dramatically different. You’re your previous look (and you underwent a medical procedure).
They are natural and can boost your image tremendously while being quiet in nature. The treatment is perfect for those who prefer a natural look. You know, those who want peers to subconsciously be aware of their change in appearance but not consciously recognise it.
Is it painful?
Undergoing nose filler treatment is minimally painful or even painless. Pain is minimised using topical numbing cream so that the patient experiences no discomfort or unpleasantness.
The entire experience is also quick, so any discomfort is reasonably tolerable for the patient.
Minor swelling and bruising is to be expected, but expect it to fade within 24 hours. The only penetrations of the skin are a few small injections.
Is it permanent?
Unlike a rhinoplasty, getting a nose filler does not last forever. Remember that you have to get touch-ups done every few months. As nose fillers are made of ingredients that naturally disintegrate into your skin, you will need a follow-up appointment with your doctor.
Their permanence is dependent on the type of product.
What types of nose fillers are there?
Nose fillers can be broadly classified into 3 categories:
- Older nose fillers
- Newer hyaluronic acid (HA) Fillers
- Semi-Permanent Fillers
1. Older Nose Fillers:
Get ready for a chemistry lesson. Older nose fillers are non-hyaluronic acid-based, such as poly-L-lactic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite and polycaprolactone.
These types of nose fillers work by having a ‘bulking effect’ and stimulate collagen synthesis at the site of placement. The effect requires a month or two to be noticeable, so you might have to wait a while for the treatment to take full effect.
Do note that this does not necessarily mean that the older nose fillers will last longer than the newer ones.
2. Newer Hyaluronic Acid Fillers:
Hyaluronic acid fillers are a temporary filler that lasts between 9-12 months. It’s made of glycosaminoglycan polysaccharide (what a mouthful). It is not only found to be naturally occurring in the body’s universal extracellular matrix, but it is also chemically identical across species.
Therefore, it is very low on antigenicity, i.e. less likely to cause bad immune reactions and extremely safe.
This is the preferred choice of nose filler among most doctors.
3. Semi-Permanent Fillers
Semi-Permanent Fillers, as their name suggests, last the longest amongst the three types of nose fillers.
Examples include polyacrylamide gel (i.e. plastic), and liquid silicone, which is the longest-lasting of all.
These can hold up for years. However, the longer lasting the product, the more likely it is to cause complications such as lumps.
Will my nose’s ‘natural’ shape be changed once the effects of the manipulation have run out?
The good (or bad) thing about nose fillers is how reversible they are – once their effect has dissipated, you can expect your nose to return to how it was before you began any treatment.
However, before you entertain any complaints about worse appearances, remember that your body is ageing during the entire process (and thus deteriorating aesthetic looks).
If anything, nose fillers can make you look better as they reverse ageing due to the stimulation of collagen.
Can nose fillers cause blindness?
Despite everything good we have said about nose fillers, we have to talk about the bad side of things as well.
A serious but extremely rare complication of getting this procedure is blindness. This occurs when there is excess substance injected into the skin causing obstructed arteries. This results in skin necrosis or even the aforementioned blindness.
It is vital that you have a conversation with your doctor regarding the risks and benefits of any medical treatment before you proceed with them.