Last week I shared my first experience with non-surgical nose augmentation. My second experience was done on my most recent Malaysia trip, which is almost exactly 2 years later.
Strangely, various websites classify Bio-Alcamid as a permanent filler – I can tell you that it’s not true. I was told by the Doctor that Bio-Alcamid lasts around 3 years, and I started to notice the height of my nose reduce about a year after the first procedure. Since then I’ve been eager to get my next top up, even looking locally but unfortunately Bio-Alcamid is not available in Australia.
I got fixated on the height of my bridge and the area between my brows – the first area being where I noticed the reduction in height the most, and the second area was not filled as much as the Doctor who did my first procedure wanted to create only a slight curve from my forehead to the bridge. Looking at the models in Asian magazines I decided that I can do with a bit more height between my brows without throwing the contours of my face out of balance, and that was as far as my research went this time around.
Like last time, I booked the procedure via email. This time specifying that I want to do it under just anesthetic cream to reduce the swelling, as I only had 4 consecutive days in Kuala Lumpur. I did find that this time around the response was not as timely as the last time – last time I actually asked questions via several emails, all of which were responded to within 1 or 2 days; this time my first email to book the procedure was responded to quickly, but my 2nd email was not responded to for a couple of weeks. This unnerved me a bit, but since I’d already had one procedure there I was still comfortable enough to go ahead.
On the Day
The IMC seems to be less organised this time around. First they thought I was there for a lip augmentation booked through Gorgeous Getaway, then I was left waiting for almost an hour. The consultation felt a bit rushed as I pretty much told the doctor what I wanted on my nose, it was responded with “okay”, and then spent another 20 minutes talking about Thermage. This is partly my fault as I didn’t do nearly as much research as I did the first time around – I didn’t bring any pictures of what results I’m looking for, and for some reason didn’t look at or show the doctor pictures of me after my first procedure. The doctor I had this time is a different doctor who clearly is also a plastic surgeon and was in the midst of another procedure, so I was left waiting for another half an hour after the consultation.
The process is similar to my last one, with the exception that I had anesthetic cream applied all over my face and had Thermage first. The doctor injected the filler between my brows, taking it up to my forehead a little, and down the bridge. The doctor also had to pinch and mould the fillers into place, but not as hard or for as long as the last time.
This time around the pain was not as bad, mostly because I had it just on the bridge area which is not as sensitive as the tip. No medication was prescribed and I made a follow-up appointment for 2 days time.
Again I noticed a dip in the middle of my bridge that was not filled enough, so I had a little more injected there. I also got a little stressed about the bulge in my forehead, but was assured that it was swelling so was prescribed some anti-inflammatory.
All up this time around I used 0.7ml of Bio-Alcamid.
Before and After
I still need to brush up on my photography skills – I don’t think these are any better than the pics from my first procedure
Still some bridge left from my first procedure, but I wanted to make it more defined.
I know I looked like a battered housewife – they were the redness left by Thermage.
I’m still pretty happy with the results this time around, you can see that there is definitely more definition in the bridge. The only thing I wish is that I looked at the pictures from my first procedure, and had the last 0.3ml injected onto the nose tip. I didn’t realise just how much of the tip had gone back to its bulbous state until I dug up the pictures for the last post, and how much difference the tip made. I also think I have subconsciously written off the tip due to how painful it was!
I think doing the tip would have made my nose look just a little more elegant. This is an obvious downside to getting cosmetic procedures abroad – the 0.3ml would be able to be kept for up to 2 years, but I’m unable to access it for any adjustment simply because I’m back in Oz now.
Additionally, bear in mind that a change in the contours of your face may mean that you need to adjust your normal makeup techniques – I’m only just starting to get a hang of it now (am finding that I need to take my brows up a tad and elongate them).
Hope my experiences have shed some light on this procedure. If I can leave you with one advice it would be research, research, RESEARCH! And I’m more than happy to answer any questions should you wish to have this done too.
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