Surgical vs Non-Surgical Nose Enhancements Decoded

The perfect nose. Plastic surgeons have analysed the ideal shape for a woman’s nose and most would agree that the ideals include:

According to Dr Chia Hui Ling, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at SW1 Plastic Surgery Clinic, these are also the objectives of a nose job, or rhinoplastyDr Chia, who specialises in nasal enhancement procedures, emphasized that on top of aiming for ideal nasal aesthetics, she ensures that the nose is also sculpted to harmonise with the rest of the face.

Ideal nose
A beautiful nose is harmonious with the rest of your facial features


Nasal enhancements can be either surgical or non-surgical. For women and men who require more complex nasal changes, or prefer a more permanent result, a surgical rhinoplasty is the answer.  The lesser-invasive options, using nose threads and nose fillers, can give beautiful results with less downtime, and lasting up to 1 to 2 years.

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Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty


A higher bridge and a more defined tip is achievable without going under the knife. For those seeking subtler enhancements, a non-surgical treatment, like nose fillers and nasal threadlifts, may be the solution for you. SW1 Clinic’s signature 3D Nose Lift combines both dermal fillers and threadlifts in a treatment, to realize nasal aesthetic ideals.  For nose in need of more advance corrections, the best (and permanent) solution may still be surgery. Choose an experience cosmetic surgeon who can advise you on which technique is most suitable for you.


What it can do


Downtime and Recovery

Swelling is mild, lasting usually around 3-5 days. The results may last for a few months and up to a year or 2 depending on the type of fillers used.


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Surgical Rhinoplasty


The Scars

You may have heard of a “closed” or “open” nose job.  A closed rhinoplasty is done through a cut within the nostrils, with no external visible scar. It has less downtime and swelling over an open rhinoplasty, which leaves a subtle scar across the skin between the nostrils (also known as the columella). This scar is often inconspicuous after a few months. For more complex corrective procedures, such as straightening a severely deviated nose, your plastic surgeon may suggest an open, rather than closed, rhinoplasty.


What it can do

  • Raise the nasal bridge
  • Lower the bridge or remove a hump
  • Raise and refine the tip
  • Reduce a bulky tip
  • Change the shape of the nostrils
  • Narrow the base
  • Straighten a deviated or crooked nose, and relieve airway obstruction


Downtime and Recovery

Most of the swelling will come down in 1-2 weeks. As the rest of the swelling come down, the shape of the nose will improve over time. You will expect to see the final results only at 6 months to a year. Closed rhinoplasty generally has a shorter downtime compared to open.


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