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Rhinoplasty suspension, also known as nose suspension or a nose lift, is a minimally invasive nasal reshaping procedure which uses threads to lift the tip of the nose.
The operation is most suited to patients who have good bone structure who do not want to drastically change the appearance of their nose but instead are seeking slight improvements. This includes lifting the tip of the nose, correcting deformity or addressing the length of the nose.
Performed under local anaesthesia in a clinic environment, nose suspension is a painless procedure which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The patient is left without scarring and full healing time is expected within three weeks, making it a popular choice for anyone seeking to improve the appearance of their nasal tip.
Suspension techniques have been effective procedures used in cosmetic surgery operations for many years. The nose suspension surgery is based on vertical suspension where tiny holes are created within the skin using injections and the nose is lifted using a special surgical thread.
This is different to the technique used in non-surgical rhinoplasty. This procedure uses injectable fillers to alter and shape a person's nose without invasive surgery and without the use of threads. Fillers can lift the tip of the nose if desired, but the results are temporary, lasting up to 12 months. Rhinoplasty suspension is a permanent solution to a drooping nasal tip or an over-long profile.
Surgical rhinoplasty is a much more invasive procedure than both the rhinoplasty suspension and non-surgical rhinoplasty. A particular rhinoplasty technique called rhino-tip surgery changes the shape of the nose by modifying the structure of the underlying cartilage, creating the perfect nasal tip. However this is expensive, invasive and involves more downtime than a nose tip lift. A nose suspension is also a much quicker procedure than nose surgery, which can take upwards of an hour.
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Why Do People Have It?
A nose thread lift is a popular choice for people who are looking to change the appearance of the tip of the nose. There as several reasons for this:
I had a procedure at the Cadogan Clinic. From my first consultation, my surgeon was honest, straight forward, and precise. All the details and expectations of the surgery were fully explained, along with the after care. I am still in recovery, but the results already look fantastic; they delivered on all the promises that he made to me.
I had the most amazing experience with the Cadogan Clinic. They were extremely accommodating and professional. I was a little bit hesitant to go through with it but their safety standards and professionalism put me at ease. Most importantly I am so happy with my results.
I would like to thank the Cadogan Clinic and my surgeon for the outstanding job he did on my complicated and difficult surgery. Mine was an unusual case, but I could not have had a better outcome. Throughout the whole process from my first contact with the clinic I had wonderful support. Someone was always on the end of the phone, and I really appreciated the support
A massive thank you to the Cadogan Clinic. I am very pleased with the results from my surgery. My patient advisor was extremely organised and made me feel reassured throughout the whole experience. My surgeon was excellent and so was the Clinic team - I could not have asked for a better service
I could not praise the Cadogan Clinic or their fantastic staff more highly. I had a wonderful experience, am delighted with my outcome and in particular very grateful to the 24/7 nursing staff who were always on hand for any questions I had, at whatever time day or night
A huge thank you to the Cadogan Clinic who looked after me whilst having surgery. They treated me with so much care and it was truly appreciated. The care from the nurses was wonderful, and I genuinely felt that they really cared. First class service from the start. I also had follow-up calls the day after, couldn’t ask for more. A huge thank you to all involved
Three weeks ago I had advanced fat transfer surgery and I am over the moon with the results. My whole wellbeing has been uplifted and I am so much more confident and happy with myself. Thank you to the Clinic and my surgeon for their fantastic work and expertise
I wanted to say a big thank you to the Cadogan Clinic, I am so happy with the results from my surgery. I can’t thank my patient advisor enough for being my support throughout my journey. I felt so reassured from my initial consultation with her and she followed me up closely at each stage. Would recommend highly.
A nose tip lift is a straightforward, yet effective, procedure to lift a drooping tip, shorten an overly-long nose or generally improve a person’s profile. It is minimally invasive and involves no incisions, leaving no scars behind. Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, a nose lift requires no broken bones or nose splints.
Before undergoing rhinoplasty suspension, you will be shown 3D simulations to illustrate the new shape and results of the procedure.
The surgeon will create tiny holes in the treatment area using double tipped needles. A special surgical thread is then used to lift the nasal tip, securing it in place with tiny sutures. The best way to describe this technique is it is like plastering a broken bone. The nasal tissue is supported until it finally sets into its new position.
The nose requires three weeks to set into its new shape. As part of the healing process, you will be asked to wear dressings covering the nose which should be kept in place for four to five days after your nose lift. These dressings help to protect the new shape of the nose.
It is highly unlikely that you will experience any swelling of discomfort following your nose tip lift. In the case of any minor to moderate pain, you may take over-the-counter painkillers.
It is vital that you follow all aftercare instructions issued by your surgeon to help aid the healing process and to keep your nose tip in its new position.
Complications are unlikely. That said, as with all surgery, some complications are possible, your surgeon will discuss each of these risks comprehensively at your consultation.
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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE BEFORE A NOSE SUSPENSION PROCEDURE?
As with all procedures, your consultant will review your medication and make a number of recommendations ahead of the procedure. You should stop using all kinds of blood thinners ahead of a nose thread lift. Types of blood thinners include warfarin and aspirin.
We strongly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption ahead of the nose suspension procedure, and cut back on smoking. Ideally we would like you to cease both of these activities before undergoing a nose lift.
IS A NOSE SUSPENSION PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Because there is no intervention with the bones and due to the fact that the operation is very short, nose suspension is a painless procedure. Any pain that may arise is easily controlled with pain killers.
WILL I BE LEFT WITH SCARRING?
Tiny holes are made with injections rather than incisions so the patient is left without any scarring.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC POST-OPERATIVE CARE INSTRUCTIONS?
The paper bands which are fitted post-surgery should be kept in place for 4-5 days to ensure the nose keeps its new shape. Patients should be vigilant to avoid any impact to the nose. Patients should also refrain from taking blood thinning medication and avoid any food which may cause an allergic reaction.
How long is the recovery?
The recovery period for a nose tip lift is remarkably quick. Dressings must be kept in place for five days and you must be very careful to avoid any impact to the face during this time as this may cause the nose to collapse. It would be best to avoid any activities which will increase the blood pressure, such as certain types of exercise and sexual activity, during this period. Your surgeon will be able to advise you further on this.
Your nose will be fully recovered in three weeks.
When will I see results and are they permanent?
The results of a nose tip lift can be seen immediately. Rhinoplasty suspension produces permanent results.
However, you must take great caution in the two weeks immediately after the procedure. During this period, if the delicate threads holding up the tip are broken, the nose will drop or collapse, with the nasal tip reverting back to its pre-procedure state. Further procedures would be required to restore the tip of the nose.
By three weeks, the nose should be fixed into its new position, and will remain there even if the threads are broken.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR A NOSE SUSPENSION?
It is recommended that patients are a least 18 years of age before undergoing nose suspension. As with all surgical procedures, it is advised that patients have finished developing.
WILL MY NASAL BONE BE BROKEN?
There will be no need to break the nasal bone for a rhinoplasty suspension.
In a surgical rhinoplasty, it is a common practice to fracture the nasal bones near where they join the face. Surgical nose reduction requires the removal of cartilage and bone. As a nose tip lift only concerns the fleshy tip of the nose, then this breaking and removal of bone is not required for this particular procedure.
WILL THE NOSE DROP OR COLLAPSE AFTER THE NOSE SUSPENSION?
The nose will be fully set three weeks post-procedure and will not drop or collapse, regardless of whether the suspensions are released. However if the suspensions are released within the two weeks immediately following the procedure, the nose will return to its original form. A further procedure will be required to reinstate the new nasal tip. You must take great care to avoid impact or trauma to the nose during this time and avoid any activity which will raise your blood pressure.
ARE NASAL SPLINTS REQUIRED?
Paper bands are used to protect and support the shape of the nose for 4-5 days post-surgery. Splints are not required in a nose suspension procedure.
When is a nose tip lift not appropriate?
A nose tip lift is not appropriate for those under the age of 18 as the body is still developing.
If you require more extensive nose reshaping or help to tackle other issues such as breathing problems caused by a deviated septum, then a surgical nose job would be the best option for you.
Nose suspension results are permanent, so if you are unsure whether to take the plunge, it may be worth opting for non-surgical rhinoplasty so you can ‘try out’ a new nose tip first. A non-surgical nose job is not permanent and can be reversed.
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