In the field of aesthetic treatments, there is a minimally-invasive procedure called thread lift. They are also known as Korean threads, PDO threads and more.
Different skin properties will determine the type of thread used. Thread lift combat saggy facial skin, flaccidity and give the face a rejuvenating lift.
Thread lifts are usually done on patients between the ages of 30 and 60, both men and women. It is necessary to point out that thread related treatments offer to improve skin texture and contour areas such as the nose. It is recommended that you seek the opinion of a professional, who will recommend you the right treatments as well as expectations from this procedure. Thread lifts can be combined with other treatments, such as radiofrequency, botulinum toxin, fillers, vitamin mesotherapy and laser.
The advantages of thread lifting procedures are:
- The threads eventually dissolve. By then collagen would have formed where the threads originally were.
- Long term effects, while the threads may last up to six months, the collagen stimulation and lifting can last up to two years.
- Minimal downtime as no stitches or cuts are required.
How is the procedure performed?
The idea of using threads to lift skin may seem unfamiliar to you, so, this is a simple explanation of the procedure. After consulting with the doctor, and marking where the threads will go, the doctor injects local anesthesia around the treatment area. This is then followed by the insertion of the threads. The threads are completely absorbed after approximately 6 months, stimulating collagen synthesis during the process. Collagen is the main component of our skin responsible for elasticity and firmness.
This treatment minimises the appearance wrinkles and further improves skin texture. It is ideal for men and women from 30 years old onwards, who want to improve their appearance and/or prevent saggy skin, but still do not want to resort to a face lift surgery that tends to be invasive. The entire procedure takes around 45-60 minutes
What areas can be treated and what to expect after the procedure?
The common areas where Korean thread and PDO thread treatments are done are the facial areas, like forehead, cheeks, jaw and neck. However, it can also be used on other body parts to deal with sagginess like the chest area, thighs, abdomen and buttocks.
The results are natural and progressive, and, in general, the definitive effect can be seen after three weeks, improving continuously and peaking three months after the treatment. The side effects that are frequently associated with thread lifts are: redness at the insertion points, slight edema in the area, bruising if any capillaries are broken and temporary pain that will disappear within 2 to 6 days.
Thread Lift for The Nose
Another thread related procedure that is just starting to gain popularity is the HIKO thread nose lift. In contrary to face thread lift procedure, HIKO thread nose lift contours and heightens the nose.
Like the face thread lift, it is also performed under local anesthesia and is minimally invasive, since only a small incision is made at the bottom of the nose tip. The thread is then passed through that incision to lift the tip of the nose. The process can take from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the number of threads needed. A HIKO thread nose lift is an alternative for people that don’t want to go under the knife and a typical rhinoplasty.
With minimal downtime and lasting results, there is no doubt why these threads are a popular treatment amongst patients.