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Today, we will discuss facial enhancement, and the topic of today is the beautiful *Asian nose*.

I shall share my clinical experience and give my personal views comparing HIKO nose threadlift vs Nose fillers vs Rhinoplasty.

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Threadlift vs fillers


What is HIKO?

HIKO is an elegant technique , founded in Seoul. There are many versions of HIKO, and various threadlift companies have their own version. Each vary in terms of thread material, length and thickness.

How does it work?

Here is the science behind it.

  1. Fine threads called polydioxanone (PDO) are inserted into the nose to enhance your bridge, body and tip.
  2. Fibroblasts are stimulated to produce new collagen, which produces a volumizing and lifting effect.
  3. Below are the various sizes of a HIKO thread.
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What is the difference between HIKO and nose fillers?

To learn more about this, please click here. NOSE AUGMENTATION

  1. Nose fillers carry the risk of blindness and skin necrosis. They can be used to enhance your nose bridge, tip and body, especially if you have a flat nose. Non surgically, with minimal pain, downtime and bruising. Results are instant. Nose fillers can be used to correct a flat nose bridge, a down pointing nose tip, and a dorsal hump, all common in Asians. However, it cannot be used to make a nose smaller. To do so visually, there are options. In the grand scheme of things, it is important for the nose to harmonise with the rest of your facial features. Keeping things natural, simple and beautiful.
  2. HIKO is akin to a marriage between traditional dermal fillers and surgical implants. Results are more natural than fillers. Compared with fillers, HIKO has better longevity, does not spread out to broaden the nose (which can happen with fillers), and produces a sharper nose tip with higher bridge.
  3. Compared to surgery with implants, it has relatively no downtime, reduced pain, swelling and bruising.


hiko nose


Nose implants
nose implants


Pictures below are purely for educational purposes. They do not represent before and after patient treatments.


Nose Profile
Nose profile
Is this a Hiko nose?


dorsal hump on nose
dorsal hump on nose


hiko nose
hiko nose
hiko nose
hiko nose
Rhinoplasty - non surgical vs surgical
Rhinoplasty – non surgical vs surgical

Above are example of nose augmentation, done to correct the sunken nose bridge and raise the nose tip, common issues in Asians.

And here, we have one of the most beautiful Asian female. See if you can guess who she is! No prizes for guessing though. 

Asian beauty
Asian beauty


On the topic of Facial Contouring… Let us discuss the options.
  1. Injectibles with botox and fillers
  2. Threadlifts (Duolift, UltraV, Y Ko)
  3. Energy based devices ( HIFU/ Ulthera / Thermage)


The key to youth is to reposition, revolumise and restore lost tissue. 
By firming, lifting and tightening skin, by adding volume where it has been lost, and by holding tissue together, we can achieve a DREAMLIFT. It all starts from the top, so we fill from top down. When we were younger, we had an inverted triangle face shape. As we age, our midface sags the most, resulting in the formation of jowls, and changing our face shape into a square. So the key here is to lift, while maintaining a natural, youthful you.
Pictures below are purely for educational purposes. They do not represent before and after patient treatments.
V lift Dr Daniel Chang
V lift | Dr Daniel Chang
V lift - Dr Daniel Chang
V lift – Dr Daniel Chang
Jaw slimming
square jaw reduction
Square jaw reduction - Dr Daniel Chang
Square jaw reduction – Dr Daniel Chang


Korean V face
Korean V face


Saggy skin is a problem that affects us once we hit our 30s. Along with it, we see deepened lines, known as laugh lines that arise from the corner of the nose downwards.Our jawline becomes less sharp, and jowls start to appear. Hence, we start looking for facelift options, one of which is threadlifts.Threads are the rage these days, but before you jump on the bandwagon and literally attend a threadlift party, here are some important considerations.

I will classify threads into 3 main categories.

  1. Biostimulation
  2. Support threads
  3. Suspension threads
PDO threads


PDO threads

These are essentially threads for biostimulation, meaning collagen production with slight holding power due to its cogs, barbs, hooks etc… The threads are absorbable, and they induce an inflammatory reaction that drives collagen growth.PDOs with multi-directional barbs can be arranged to create a dermal SMAS meshwork to provide support.
Cog threads
Cog threads


Suspension and contour threads
Such threads have an anchor point, and are considered suspension threads as they anchor onto the SMAS layer, hence providing a stronger hold. They can also produce a contour effect through skin traction and holding the tissue in place with barbs.
It is important to use FDA, HSA approved threads.

How do Suspension threads work?

  1. An immediate lift through repositioning soft tissue
  2. Regenerative action with collagen stimulation for progressive and natural results
How threadlift works
How threadlift works

What can I expect? 

  1. Local anaesthesia is carefully injected into the entry and exit sites.
  2. The threads are gently passed under the skin to induce the lift.
  3. Whole procedure takes 30mins.
  4. One can expect mild bruising and swelling which will resolve on its own. Occasionally, one may notice dimpling of the skin and tethering of threads after 1 -2 weeks post treatment. These improve on its own.
  5. Less commonly, the side effect of infection. So its always important to find a credible threadlift provider.

Which areas can be improved? 

  1. Midface
  2. Jawline
  3. Laugh lines and marionette lines
  4. Neck

How lasting are the results? 

One can expect up to 2 years, with maintainence treatment in the interim.

A surgical facelift involves dissection and the repositioning of the SMAS. This is the gold standard for facelift.FACELIFT 

threadlift example
threadlift example

Hence the take home message from this article is, combination therapy is the way to go. Combination therapy, with fillers, microbotox and energy based devices ARE EXCELLENT to produce a safe, efficient and effective non surgical facelift.

Here’s to a firmer, tighter, lifted and more natural you!



Be Bold and Beautiful.

  • Dr Daniel Chang


To learn more about:

ALL Dermatology and Aesthetic treatments, do click here Ultimate Guide to Korean Medical Aesthetics.

Threadlifts, pls click here Facelift, V-Lift.

Dermal fillers, pls click here ABCs to Dermal Fillers. 

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