Nose Reshaping Without Surgery
The shape and size of your nose affect your facial appearance and profile. A prominent or misshapen nose can overshadow your other facial features. Many people are unhappy with their nasal bridge or tip but may not want or qualify for invasive rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Nose thread lift offers a non-surgical option for nose augmentation.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Horvath, offers nose thread lifts using the highest quality sutures. The procedure inserts dissolvable barbed or smooth suture lines to elevate and alter the nasal tissues. Nose thread lift is also called the lunchtime nose job or non-surgical rhinoplasty because it takes 30 to 45 minutes and does not require downtime.
How Can Nose Thread Lift Help Me?
Nose thread lift can slim down an overly large nose, straighten a crooked bridge or lift the tissues. Many patients combine their thread lift with another non-surgical treatment, such as dermal fillers for the nose, for more comprehensive results. Nose thread lift provides immediate results that improve over time but is not permanent. The nose loses some of the new contour as the threads dissolve (about four to six months later). Patients who are happy with their nose thread lift can have maintenance treatments.
Thread lift for nose reshaping is a more convenient treatment than traditional rhinoplasty. There is no need for sedation or general anesthesia, and nose thread lifts have minimal risks.
You may be a candidate for nose thread lift if you have cosmetic concerns with your nose shape or size that do not require structural changes to the underlying cartilage. Nose thread lift is a good option for people who do not qualify for rhinoplasty surgery because of anesthesia risks due to heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
How Does Nose Thread Lift Work?
Nose thread lift starts with a topical anesthetic to numb the tissues. Dr. Horvath inserts the threads using a thin needle or cannula. He may place the suture line along the nasal bridge or septum in a horizontal pattern or vertically in the nasal tip. The suture lines provide the building blocks for structural changes that reshape the nose. Your body sees the threads as foreign objects and responds by sending growth factors and new collagen to the area that continues as long as the sutures are present.
Dr. Horvath uses the strongest, highest-quality threads made of polydioxanone (PDO). MINT™ PDO threads are not cut like other sutures but are pressed and molded with 360-degree barbs in a spiral pattern. Cheaper suture lines are cut with a laser which nicks the thread and creates a weak point that may cause the suture to dissolve faster and provide unsatisfactory results. MINT™ PDO sutures are superior because they are more robust and can grip the nasal tissues for optimal nose reshaping.
Smooth threads are another option and may be used when adding volume is the primary goal. Dr. Horvath may use a combination of suture types in various patterns because he personalizes nose thread lifts to each patient’s needs and skeletal structure.