As we age, our skin loses its youthful appearance, and signs of aging become more and more obvious. Fine facial lines and sagging skin are just two aging indicators, but they are important areas to address because these early signs of aging indicate a breakdown of the skin’s tissues.
Thread lift is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure able to provide a fresh, rejuvenated, natural look similar to a facelift; popularly referred to as the “lunch hour lift”. Fine threads, which are absorbable, barbed suture products having fine filaments are inserted and advanced under the skin along pre-marked contours. They become fixed to the underlying tissue and then smoothen out. The body produces new bundles of collagen around each filament and this, in turn, creates a subtle yet effective lifting effect.
The face and neck areas are common areas of concern, but a thread lift procedure can also be used to address other areas of concern such as sagging buttocks, and wrinkly knees and elbows. Threads may be used to lift or balance out sagging or asymmetric eyebrows, sagging cheeks, mid & lower face, and neck soft tissue. It can also be used for body parts like the tummy, thighs & breasts.
Men and women in their 30-60 years old with moderate drooping in the brow, face and neck make ideal candidates. Patients should be physically healthy and realistic in their expectations.
Thread Lift Procedure Entail
Local anesthetic is applied on the treatment site. The Mono (PDO) thread which are 25 mm in thickness will then be introduced using a cannula or micro-needle in the required area. The procedure takes around 45-60 minutes, depending on the treatment required. You will be able to fully resume your everyday routine and social commitments immediately. The thread will form an integrated support structure for collagen to bind to, hence lifting and tightening the skin.
Local anesthesia is typically used for the procedure. It involves very minimal pain or discomfort. In general, patients will need to avoid activities that risk dislodging or otherwise causing trauma to the threads for the first three weeks after the procedure. Recovery time is minimal. In general, patients can often achieve a 30% improvement after a thread lift, apparent almost immediately but get better in the coming 4-6 weeks.
It is very safe as it is minimally invasive associated with no scarring. The threads themselves are comprised of a polypropylene material that has been used as surgical sutures for years.
The lifting effect generally lasts for 3-5 years, when the natural aging process takes the lead over our efforts. However, the length of the results will vary. Additional threads may be required as maintenance, later.