“Hiko” is a Korean term that literally means “high nose”. ”Hiko HD” is a Hiko with Height and Definition.
Both technologies are Korean in origin. Ultra-fine synthetic and absorbable threads called polydioxanone (or PDO) are inserted into the nose area to create the lift and definition of the nasal dorsum.
HIKO results in an elevated nose bridge, giving the patient a better profile or side silhouette.
A HIKO HD procedure further includes reshaping and adjustments around the base and the tip of the nose. The tip could be tilted and the base could be made narrower or more refined. The result is a gentler, more natural shape and profile of the nose in particular and the face in general.
The patient is only under local anesthesia while the threads are being inserted. He or she is fully aware and can see the immediate effects as the nose gets elevated and defined.
The threads also stimulate the skin tissue and promote collagen production aside from being a filling material so the best results are seen about a month after the procedure.
If you are looking for a way to enhance the structure of your nose WITHOUT the pain and downtime that comes with surgery, this is definitely for you.
It takes from 30 to 45 minutes to complete the procedure. The effects of the HIKO lasts from 1 to 2 years. You may have a touch-up or repeat procedure after around 1 to 2 years, give or take a few months.
- Local anesthesia is used so you may feel numbness in the area for a few hours after the procedure.
- You will experience a bit of bruising and swelling for about 4 to 7 days.
- But you can go about doing your normal daily activities.
- The effects of the Hiko will best be seen about a month after the procedure is done.