As the name suggests, thread lift procedures utilise PDO (polydioxanone) 3-dimensionally barbed threads which are inserted under the skin to lift sagging skin and improve overall skin texture. They are also commonly known as Korean threads, tension threads, magic threads, and more.
The nature of the patient’s skin determines the number of threads needed to combat sagging facial skin, which gives the face a rejuvenating effect.
Thread lifts are usually recommended to individuals as an anti-ageing procedure for men and women aged between 30 and 60. In younger patients, it gives the desired V-shape whereas in older patients, it helps to lift sagging skin to create a more youthful appearance. In order to determine if thread lifts are needed, it is essential to consult a trained doctor who will recommend a suitable treatment for you based on your skin. Thread lifts can be used by itself or in combination with other treatments, such as HIFU, botulinum toxin, fillers and lasers to further enhance the effect.
The embedded threads completely dissolve after about 6 months but the process stimulates collagen that helps to support and lift the area for up to 1-2 years. Collagen is the main component in our skin responsible for elasticity and firmness.
The pros of thread lifts:
- Achieve natural looking results with minimal downtime
- Minimally invasive procedure, lower risk of scarring and other complications
- Quick procedure, 20-30 minutes excluding numbing
How is the Procedure Performed?
We know the idea of using threads as a cosmetic procedure may seem unfamiliar, so here’s an explanation on how the procedure goes.
It begins with a doctor’s consultation to analyze and assess the skin. This is followed by an application of numbing cream or injection. After the area is fully numbed, the threads will be inserted under the skin and its effect can be seen almost immediately.
What Areas can be Treated and What to Expect After the Procedure?
The common treatment areas for thread lift are cheeks, jowls, under-eye and nose.
The results are natural and progressive, and, in general, the definitive effect can be seen after three weeks, improving continuously until reaching three months. The side effects that can be associated with thread lifts are: slight swelling and redness at the insertion points, bruising if any capillaries are broken and temporary pain that will fade within 3 to 5 days.
HIKO Thread Nose Lift
One of the more popular uses for thread lift is improving the contour and definition of the nose, or commonly known as HIKO thread nose lift.
Similar to a face thread lift, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is minimally invasive, a small puncture is made at the nose tip. The PDO thread passes through the incision to improve the definition and height of the nose bridge. The entire procedure takes around 30 minutes, depending on the number of threads to be inserted. A HIKO thread nose lift is an attractive option for individuals that do not want to go under the knife.