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Face Treatment

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty


Non-surgical Rhinoplasty with PDO Nose Thread Lift involves the use of Polydioxanone threads (PDO) [1], [2], [3]. These synthetic non-antigenic and dissolvable threads are not new in the medical industry. In fact, they have been used as suturing materials in cardiac and pediatric surgeries for over fifty years. 

They are also used aesthetically to help retard signs of ageing for many men and women by tightening saggy folds around the under-eye area, cheeks, nose-to-mouth lines, jawlines, and jowls. PDO threads can also be applied to the body to gently and effectively lift and firm the skin.

Besides these, using PDO Threads for nose augmentation produces predictable and visible results.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

The Nose

The nose is one of the most defining facial features of the face. The size, shape, or look not only impacts the entire face but also one’s self-confidence.

For decades, surgical rhinoplasty has been the go-to procedure for those who want to augment their nose shape. Expensive, invasive, and one that involves significant downtime has led to many hoping for an alternative option.

The good news is, with the advancement in science, non-surgical and effective nose augmentation treatment is now available in the form of a PDO Nose Thread lift.


Non-surgical Rhinoplasty uses absorbable PDO thread to achieve a higher, straighter, and sharper nose bridge. It can also improve the nose tip’s definition without the need for surgery.

During the procedure, Dr Ivan Puah will anaesthetise areas of the nose. Then, he will carefully place the threads in the nose to heighten the nose bridge and nose tip. These threads act as scaffolding structure (contour and shape the nose) as well as collagen stimulator (encourages new collagen production for a long-lasting nose lifting effect).


PDO Nose Thread lift is safe, effective, and produces immediate, visible results. There is minimal to no downtime, and most patients can resume work or daily activities immediately.

PDO Nose Thread Lift can:

Slim The Nose

Create a slimmer nose by lifting the nose bridge, although it cannot alter the width of the nose

Correct bumps

Correct slightly crooked nose or mild to moderate bump on the nose bridge

Lift Nose Bridge

Enhance nasal profile (higher nose bridge), especially for those with a small nose that needs a build-up

Straighten Bridge

Lift mild to moderate droopy nose tip, and straighten hook-shaped nose

How soon can I see the results?

Results can be seen instantly and will last for an average of 12 months. As the threads are biodegradable, they will gradually disintegrate to be absorbed by the body.

Thanks to the collagen stimulation effect of PDO threads, new collagen is built over time, which helps to firm up the treated area and maintain the nose shape.

Are there any side effects?

Generally, PDO nose thread lift is a safe procedure. You may expect some mild bruising, swelling, and soreness after the treatment, but these will gradually resolve within a few days to a week.


Treatment such as PDO Nose Thread Lift (using Polydioxanone threads) is marked as a medical device in Singapore under HSA regulation. It can only be prescribed and carried out by registered and trained medical doctors in Singapore.

Dr Ivan Puah

Dr Ivan Puah, the Medical Director of Amaris B. Clinic, holds a Graduate Diploma in Family Dermatology from NUS and boasts over 17 years of clinical experience in addressing various dermatological concerns. His proficiency encompasses the treatment of skin laxity, wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and more.

Dr Puah's knowledge and skill are further acknowledged through his appointment as a trainer-to-doctor by Merz Singapore and Allergan Singapore.

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What is the material in the PDO thread?

PDO material has been in use for more than 30 years in various medical disciplines such as plastic surgery and gynaecology treatments because of its high tensile strength, good pliability and smooth tissue passage.

How long does non-surgical rhinoplasty take?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty with PDO thread will take around 30 minutes.

How many threads will I require?

The number of threads required will depend on your current nose shape and your objectives.

Besides being used for nose enhancement, what else can PDO thread do?

Even if you are lucky enough to be born with a V-shaped facial structure, you may find the heart shape of your face slowly disappearing over time as your skin starts to sag with age. Hence, it is time to turn to a skin lift to regain your smooth V-shaped face.

It does not require the lengthy downtime often associated with surgical procedures. PDO Lift is a non-surgical skin lifting treatment. It involves placing bio-degradable PDO threads within the skin's soft tissue at strategic locations. Doing so, they gently lift the skin and tackle the loose folds in an upwards direction. PDO threads also act as supporting structures for the face, boosting collagen production underneath the skin.

You can now have a beautiful heart-shaped face AND a smoother skin complexion to boot!


[1] Khan G, Ahn Kh, Kim Sy, Park E. Combined Press Cog Type And Cog Pdo Threads In Comparison With The Cog Pdo Threads In Facial Rejuvenation. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2021 Oct;20(10):3294-3298. DOI: 10.1111/jocd.14092. Epub 2021 May 10. PMID: 33904637.

[2] Myung, Yujin Md, Phd*; Jung, Chinkoo Md†. Mini-Midface Lift Using Polydioxanone Cog Threads. Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open 8(6):P E2920, June 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002920

[3] Wanitphakdeedecha, R., Yan, C., Ng, J.N.C. Et Al. Absorbable Barbed Threads For Lower Facial Soft-Tissue Repositioning In Asians. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) 11, 1395–1408 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13555-021-00569-x


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