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Nose Threads Vs Nose Fillers – Which is the Better Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Alternative?

Today, every man or woman who makes their mind to undergo a nose job faces a dilemma. Should they stick with nose thread lifts or nose fillers? Which one will produce better, long-lasting results and which one carries less risk? As the outcomes and duration of both treatments are pretty similar, the struggle is real. Perhaps we can help you clear you head by offering more information on these techniques. Read on to find out how they work and what they have in store for you.

How are Nose Fillers Different from Thread Lifts?

To begin with, fillers are exactly what they sound like. This is a liquid or substance that is administered into the skin through a needle. That way doctors can add projection and volume to a nose or correct unevenness, such as depressions and bumps.

In comparison, thread lifts are tiny strands available in different sizes and widths. They do not fill in “dents” but they can straighten out the nose and give it height. They now come with small anchoring points which serve to lift the skin when inserted. At the same time, they can visually decrease the size a bit.

Which Areas Do They Work On?

Both types of non-surgical rhinoplasty help to make the nose more defined, however, they work in different directions. Fillers, as their name suggests, tend to fill in space, hence they are great for flat bridges. Since they add volume, they can make the tip appear higher.

On the other hand, thread lifts are ideal for people with big, wide noses who wish to make them smaller. Additionally, this technique is suitable for patients whose noses are not centred and the ones looking to improve their bridges and tips. Now, if the tip is pointed downwards, the threads will give it a lifting effect without making it bulgy (something that fillers cannot do at this point).

Which One Offers Longer Results?

Longer results

Both treatments have relatively short duration if not repeated over time. Nose fillers can withstand 12 months but if more liquid is administered after that, they could endure up to 36 months.

As an expert in the field, Dr Isaac Wong (formerly known as Dr Israr Wong) says that nose threads in Singapore have overtaken nose fillers as the go-to choice for non-surgical rhinoplasty. Unlike fillers, they hold up for a maximum of two years. Fillers need injections given every nine months or so to maintain the effects, which is another downside when compared to nose threads. Additionally, permanent lifting might be achieved when collagen production is stimulated. The shelf life varies depending on the material used, body absorption and lifestyle. So, it’s strongly individual after all.

What About Duration of the Procedures?

A nose filler session usually takes 15-30 minutes. During this time, the doctor applies anaesthetic cream and carries out a series of injections into the targeted area. When it comes to nose thread lifts, they take as much as half an hour to complete. The specialist will insert several threads (5-6 or more) to achieve the end goal.

Is the Procedure Painful?

This is a matter of pain threshold. On the whole, the two techniques are well tolerated since local anaesthesia (numbing cream) is given to the patient prior to the session. There can be some discomfort for sure and those who are more sensitive might feel pain. But considering the short duration of each treatment, none is supposed to be unbearable.

Which is the Better Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Alternative?

Thinking face

There is no straightforward answer to which of these options works better. What you need to understand is that everybody’s case is unique. Some will benefit most from one procedure and suffer a poor outcome with the other, and vice versa. At times, implementing a combination of both methods will prove far more successful than doing just one treatment per session. But that’s hard to tell by reading about the manipulations online. You need to get an examination from a trusted and experienced surgeon, define your goals, and keep in mind your budget.

Here is the thing about fillers. If put on the wrong person, they have the tendency to move to the side and make the nose broader than it actually is. Hence, people with very thick skin and those with naturally broad noses are not good candidates for this non-surgical rhinoplasty method.

As far as thread lifts, you want to opt-out of them when your nose is tiny and you think it could use a tad bit of enlarging. We’re not going to lie, it sounds counterintuitive to go for it as the majority of people are looking for ways to slim down this part of their faces. However, with some individuals, it’s exactly what should be done for better symmetry.

Now, let’s discuss the risks because we don’t feel like they are getting the attention they deserve. Most of the time they are shrugged off. We already mentioned one drawback of fillers – migration. Another problem with them is that they can lead to skin necrosis if inserted by an inexperienced doctor. In extreme (and very rare) cases, they can even cause blindness.

Next, threads can also shift if the injector did not place them correctly but they won’t make the nose wider. Not to mention, there is a risk of infection and scarring. Sometimes, soreness and swelling might develop after the treatment and stay on for a few days.

See, all of these factors should be accounted for before you undergo any of these manipulations.


Both fillers and nose thread lifts have their downsides and advantages. There is not a circumstance or condition that puts one of these in a more favourable position than the other until your skin has been evaluated by a specialist. In the end, it boils down to choosing a qualified professional who will inspect your face and suggest a procedure that will match your particular facial characteristics. It is equally important to spend enough time discussing all aspects of both treatments so that you are very much aware of what’s about to happen.