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Nose Thread Lift Thread Sizes & How They Affect Prices

by Dr Wan Chee Kwang
October 27, 2022

Nose thread lift prices at medical aesthetics clinics in Singapore can range quite widely starting from roughly $600 up to $2000 or even more. Why do costs vary so much from clinic to clinic?

The most commonly cited factor that affects the price of your nose thread lift procedure in Singapore is the number of threads inserted. Generally, most clinics would insert threads in the range of 4-10 threads. As this is something that can easily be compared, patients may sometimes go around clinics shopping for the cheapest nose thread lift that includes a certain number of thread insertions. However, this approach is not very accurate because the number of threads is only one factor out of many affecting the cost of nose thread lift:

  • The skill and technique of the doctor
  • Whether the threads are customized or factory standard
  • The number of threads inserted
  • The type and size of threads inserted
  • The location where the threads are inserted

A single larger thread may actually occupy the same volume as many smaller threads, depending on the difference in rated size. Thus, if you were to compare nose thread lift costs at two clinics purely on basis of the number of threads used for the same price, you may not be getting the best deal possible.

various sizes of thread lift threads
Thread lift sutures come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes

Thread Sizes Used In Nose Thread Lifts

United States Pharmacopeia (USP) sizes are used to denote suture sizes. In Singapore, common thread sizes that are used for nose thread lifts range from 3-0 up to 3/4.

USP sizeDiameter (mm)
3-00.2
2-00.3
1-0 or 00.35
10.4
20.5
3 or 40.6
Common nose thread lift sizes

Looking at the table, a single USP size 2 thread may be equivalent to more than 6 USP size 3-0 threads in volume, so it would be a little misleading if you were to decide just based on which clinic puts in most threads in for the least money.

various nose thread lift sizes comparison
A visual comparison between the thickness of various nose thread lift sizes

Advantages Of Using Bigger Thread Sizes

Bigger nose thread lift sizes, by virtue of their increased thickness, offer more structural support to the nasal tissues, improving their lifting ability. This is especially helpful in tip lifts where the pressure of holding up the nose tip is spread over a wider area, reducing the chance of thread protrusion.

Larger threads also have a smaller surface area to volume ratio, requiring fewer thread insertions for the same increase in nose bridge height. A smaller exposed surface may also result in less breakdown and slower absorption of suture material, improving the longevity of the nose thread lift result.

Fewer thread insertions mean a quicker procedure with less likelihood of kinking and displacement. Furthermore, fewer thread insertions would traumatize the nose thread lift entry point less, potentially reducing swelling, bruising, and the risk of scarring.

Advantages Of Using Smaller Thread Sizes

Thinner threads are easier to handle, may have less of a step-off, and can have a smoother transition between treated and untreated areas. This is less of an advantage in customized threads which can be shaped precisely to requirements.

Thinner threads are also easier to insert and push into place, requiring a smaller entry point. However, for the same amount of volume, more threads have to be inserted, increasing the risk of later thread insertions interfering with the previously inserted threads.

What You Should Do If You're Considering Nose Thread Lifts

Naturally, thicker nose thread lift threads tend to cost more than thinner ones. There are advantages to using bigger nose thread lift sutures but ultimately it is a matter of the doctor's preference and technique. Personally, I prefer to use thicker nose threads as I feel that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

When choosing where to have your nose thread lift done, you should evaluate based on the results. Don't choose a clinic based on face value and don't focus too much on the price for a certain number of nose thread insertions. Have a conversation with your doctor before deciding to proceed. Cheaper is not always better. More thread insertions or using bigger threads in the wrong hands may not make sense either. Make sure your doctor's plan makes sense and that you're comfortable with it.

If you're considering a nose thread lift, feel free to consult me via 1Aesthetics Medical & Surgery. You can call us at 66125173, or WhatsApp us at 84899962

References

  1. Miriam Byrne, MD, FRCS (Plast), Al Aly, MD, FACS, The Surgical Suture, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 39, Issue Supplement_2, April 2019, Pages S67–S72, https://doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjz036
  2. Kang, S. H., Moon, S. H., & Kim, H. S. (2020). Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty With Polydioxanone Threads and Fillers. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]46(5), 664–670. https://doi.org/10.1097/DSS.0000000000002146
  3. University of Guelph, Veterinary Surgery Online, Suture Size, https://www.vetsurgeryonline.com/suture-size/

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