FACE Thread Lifts
Thread lifting is an effective anti-aging treatment that helps to restore our facial contours by lifting sagging tissues and repositioning facial volumes to achieve a more youthful look. This is a minimally-invasive treatment which uses threads and introduce them into the subcutaneous layer of the skin. Thread lifting procedure not only can lift up and tighten the skin, it can also stimulate collagen growth which is beneficial for overall face rejuvenation.
Thread lift is a versatile and virtually non-invasive procedure that can reduce the appearance of mild to moderate wrinkling and sagging, particularly in the lower part of the face where nasolabial lines start to deepen.
It is an alternative to surgical facelift with visible lifting effect and minimal downtime.The threads are bio-stimulatory, and have barbed hooks to lift effectively, as well as stimulate collagen synthesis and tissue contraction to maintain and prolong the effect of the face thread lift even after the threads have dissolved.
An ageing face can manifest itself in several ways; sagging, wrinkles, loss of volume and thinning of the skin are some indications we might expect to see. The loss of elasticity can change the shape of the face and its support structure. Some of the earlier indications (after changes in skin texture) are lower cheek and brow ptosis caused by weakened muscles and sagging skin through collagen and elastin depletion.
A soft thread lift can improve the appearance of ageing skin through a series of injections in which PDO threads are introduced to the skin, creating a lifting and tightening effect.
How does Thread Lift work?
The biodegradable threads work to lift and contour the face and tighten sagging skin through stimulating the body’s natural regenerative process.
Barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend a relaxed facial area. These barbs open like an umbrella to form a support structure that elevates the sagging skin.
The process elicits the growth of new collagen which surrounds the filaments, giving the skin a rejuvenated appearance, which progressively enhances over time.
How is Thread Lift done?
During the treatment, a fine cannula (a special type of needle) is used to introduce the PDO thread into the skin. The number of threads used depends on the desired results. This can range from a single thread to around 30 threads when treating the face and neck. The fine threads are carefully guided through the skin and placed in position along the pre-marked contours. Once the thread is in position, the cannula is removed and the thread remains in place. The threads contain tiny barbs, or anchors, which lock into the skin and hold it in its new position. Any excess thread is trimmed once the desired lift has been achieved.
From the day of the procedure you can visibly see the lifting effects of the threads. After around one month following the procedure you will start to notice the rejuvenating effects. New collagen is stimulated to form around the thread, supporting the skin and improving its texture. A process called neovascularisation (the formation of new blood vessels) helps to improve the microcirculation to the skin. This results in a more youthful appearance by the reduction of fine lines months after the procedure itself. The threads have a further effect of causing the fatty tissue in the face to contract which gives the face a slimmer, tighter and firmer appearance.
Why Thread lift ?
What results can I expect after treatment?
The result of thread lifting is instant and it is even more noticeable with time as it continues to stimulate collagen production over the next several months. For PDO threads, full absorption usually takes place in 12 months, but the effects of the lift can be further maintained for another 12 to 16 months due to the collagen stimulating characteristics of the threads used, and also depending on individual factors like genetics and lifestyle. Since collagen degradation happens with age, a maintenance procedure is normally recommended annually.
Thread lift Downtime and Side effects ?
Thread Lifts have been around for over 25 years over which time the technique and type of threads used has been refined and perfected. The procedure when performed with experienced hands is safe and well tolerated.
The downtime of face thread lift treatment is dependent on the number and type of threads used for the treatment. The small threads which are inserted in most of the skin areas for stimulating collagen production and tightening skin does not have much downtime. These threads are especially popular among young clients who wish to maintain their young and youthful features.
The longer threads referred to as ‘Cogs’ are inserted into the skin using blunt cannulas for lifting sagging and loose skin similar to that of surgical facelift treatment. These cogs dissolve in skin in almost 9 months and the results lasts for almost 3 years.
How long does Thread Lift last?
You should notice an immediate improvement to your appearance, which will continue over several months as your body produces new collagen and the rejuvenating effects develop.
The duration of results depends largely on the age of patient and how much sagging and loose skin the patient has which needs improvement. In majority of the patients, lasts for almost 2-3 years. With absorption of threads in the skin, the natural production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin is stimulated that improves the texture and tone of skin while tightening it.
Is Thread Lift painful?
It is surprisingly comfortable – patients describe a stinging sensation, similar to acupuncture. If required, the procedure can be carried out using a local anaesthetic.
Treatments at our clinic are always made as comfortable as possible according to the treatment and the individual’s personal requirements. Ice is used as a topical anaesthetic. If necessary, a block anaesthetic may also be used. Painkillers are also available on request.
Who is best to have Thread Lift?
The procedure is suitable for most clients from the age of around 25 onwards, when the effects of ageing (thinning tissues due the breakdown of collagen and elastin) start to become apparent. Thread lift is an ideal treatment for those that are looking for a longer-lasting alternative to Botulinum and fillers. Botulinum and fillers can treat fine lines and sagging to a certain extent, but for those that are starting to see early signs of mild to moderate jowling, deepening of the nasolabial lines, or loss of support in the cheeks, thread lift may be the best form of treatment.