What Is a Thread Lift?
This procedure uses small barbed thread which is inserted under your skin to improve skin sagginess. Thread face lift is a minimally invasive procedure and it has a shorter downtime as compared to a full facelift. After time, the threads naturally dissolve and what is left is the collagen that build up overtime, which holds up the skin.
Who Is Suitable For Thread Lifts?
Although there are no definite limitations to the thread lift patient’s age and profile, the ideal candidate would be someone between their thirties to fifties, whereas those older than 55 may find facelifts better for their needs. Thread lifts are a great alternative for individuals with medical reasons and (e.g. those with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions and limiting health factors) cannot undergo surgeries.
What Can Thread Lifts Do For You?
The process of thread lift is that it enables your body to rejuvenate itself in the stitched areas. This is due to the collagen that will be transferred to your target areas and over time the skin will have better tone and elasticity. Your body does this as it wants to heal and get rid of the existing stitches. Surprisingly this is not painful as the threads that are used in facelifts and thread lifts are very small, hence any patient will not feel the pain of the expulsion or the feeling of threads.
Where Is Thread Lifts Typically Done On?
Thread lifts are performed on the nose (nasolabial line lift), face, neck, and undereye.
What Is a Nose Thread Lift?
A nose thread lift is a non-surgical method to improve your nose visuals (angle, shape) and help achieve an improvement in your facial structure. It is a safer option as it is less invasive. Generally, thread lift helps to improve the contour and shape of your nose. Most individuals tend to opt for a high nose bridge or a sharp and defined tip, which can be done naturally through a nose thread lift.
Why Choose a Thread Lift Instead Of a Regular Facelift?
Firstly, downtime is kept to a minimal and the recovery time is much shorter. Some individuals are able to do their usual activities immediately after undergoing a thread lift procedure.
Secondly, the process for a thread lift is straightforward. General anaesthetic is not required. Instead, local anaesthesia will be injected on the treatment area. Although it is normal to experience some soreness, redness or swelling at the area after the threadlift is done, your daily routine is not going to be affected.
Thirdly, thread lifts are minimally invasive. A patient is unlikely to scar, bleed or bruise excessively after the procedure. In rare cases, the patient could experience irritation or exposed sutures – which can be easily solved with a visit to the doctor.
Last but not least, threadlifts are affordable. The average cost of 1 thread lift session at Gangnam Laser Clinic ranges from $599 to $1800 depending on the treatment area.
How Should I Take Care Of Myself After Thread Lifts?
The essential things to take note of is: not to rub your face harshly while cleansing, and not to apply moisturizer for at least 2 days after having threads placed. For some, it would be useful to sleep on a higher pillow to prop your head up so that you will not roll onto your face while sleeping. Your doctor will be happy to advise more on this.
Common Thread Lift Procedures
Nova Threads, a type of biocompatible thread can be reabsorbed by the body. They slowly dissolve after 4 to 6 months. Impact wise, the effects of the thread lift will be seen for a year or more as it helps to stimulate collage in the target areas. The thread can be applied as a barbed suture (producing more lifting) or as a smooth suture (more for collage stimulation). Both can be applied together: for example applying a smooth suture at the corner of the mouth and barbed suture near the hairline to lift the jawline.
There is also the Silhouette Instalift, which focuses more on lifting the skin. This suture contains tiny cones to grab tissue and lift cheeks and jowls. Effects last for one to three years.
Both types of procedures take 45 minutes or less and some soreness and swelling is expected. Painkillers can be consumed to help with recovery