Face & Neck Thread Lift Treatment
Non-surgical facelift treatment
What is Thread Lift?
Thread lift is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive facelift technique using sutures which are commonly referred to as threads. The threads are inserted beneath the skin to reposition sagging skin or plump up wrinkles and lines, resulting in a semi-permanent lifting effect. Apart from skin regeneration benefits from collagen synthesis and skin tightening, it also brings about overall improvements to the skin tone and skin quality.
There are two main types of thread lift for skin and face rejuvenation. Depending on the skin laxity and the desired outcome, our surgeon will recommend the thread lift that is suitable for your skin condition.
Who Needs Thread Lifting?
Thread lift is recommended for individuals who:
- Wish to achieve slimmer V-line without surgery
- Wish to reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nasolabial, forehead and neck
- Wish to achieve lifting effects for the cheeks, lower face and double-chin
- Wish to achieve tighter, firmer and younger looking skin.
- For individuals with minor to moderate skin laxity issues.
The Advantages Of Thread Lifting
- No scarring
- Short surgery time
- Similar effects to facelift but with minimal swelling and downtime
- Results are immediate
Types Of Thread Lifting
- For mild to moderate facial sagging
- For enhancing v-line contour
Dissolvable thread lift uses FDA-approved PDO threads that will be broken down naturally by the body’s enzymes. Commonly used to regenerate collagen and elastin fibres vital for anti-ageing, it helps to improve wrinkles, and firms and lifts the skin for a slimmer V-line effect. PDO thread lift results can last for approximately 1 year or more depending on the individual’s lifestyle and habits.
- For moderate facial sagging
- Improves deep laugh lines
- Improves facial contours
The dissolvable threads for a moderate lift comes with mini barbs for better grip and also allow skin tissues to adhere better. It produces better lifting results and is a good option for those who want more dramatic facelift results without the down-time. Both thread and barbs will eventually be broken down by the body’s enzymes, and new collagen and elastin fibres will fill in and the skin will feel tighter and more lifted. Moderate thread lift can be used to achieve similar effects to brow lift, facelift and neck lift surgeries.
Depending on one’s expectations, the surgeon will recommend the number of threads to achieve the desired results. A moderate lift can last for approximately 3 years or more depending on the individual’s lifestyle and habits.
Areas Suitable For Thread Lifting
Treatment begins with the application of a topical numbing cream. Patients are left to rest until the numbing cream takes effect. Threads are inserted using fine needles into the dermis of the skin to plump and regenerate cells around the treated area. Depending on the treatment area, the entire procedure takes between 15 mins to an hour. Patients also have the option to have the procedure done under sedation.
Individuals may experience slight swelling and bruising post-treatment, which will subside within a day or two. There is no downtime for this treatment and patients can resume their daily activities after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Thread Lift in Singapore
A Polydioxanone thread or commonly known as “PDO thread” is a specialized thread that can be broken down by the body naturally. The thread is very fine and depending on the treatment outcome, different threads may be used to achieve the desired treatment results.
A wide variety of PDO threads are available and they are ideal for different areas or concerns. Your doctor will decide the type of thread based on the region and the extent of change that is expected. The commonly used PDO threads include:
- Mono thread
- Cog thread
- Screw thread
Cog threads are frequently used to improve a patient’s profile by lifting the saggy skin of the neck and jaw region. On the other hand, those patients who demand addition to the cheeks are provided with screw threads.
Screw threads are ideal for plumping and increasing the tissue volume in deficient areas.
This is the most common inquiry from the patients. No, there will be no visible threads once they are inserted beneath the skin.
The threads are inserted under the skin, therefore, there is no chance of them being visible. However, you can feel them inside during the initial phase of recovery but that lasts for a few days only.
PDO thread lift procedure is a quick process. The length of the procedure depends upon the target area and it takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. However, pre- and post-procedure may require additional time. Hence you are expected to spend around 2 to 3 hours for your visit.
Although some swelling and bruising may be expected, visible results can be seen after the treatment. Wrinkles on the skin are less noticeable and skin appears tauter. The ultimate benefit of this effective procedure is that it promotes collagen production in the skin. With an increase in collagen, the sagging in the skin is reduced, and healing is improved.
The thread lift procedure does not require general anesthesia. Local anesthetic or IV sedation can be effectively used to provide a painless and comfortable experience.
The soreness and pain following the procedure are rare. If present, these minor postoperative issues can be managed with regular painkillers.
Anyone can take advantage of the procedure if he or she is an ideal candidate for the procedure. The average age of people receiving thread lift is 30 to 60 years old. Anyone who is experiencing skin sagging and does not wish to go major facelift surgery can consider thread lift for facial rejuvenation.
After the procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising in the first 7 to 10 days. The swelling and bruising can be easily alleviated using cold compresses. It is also important to stick to the post-procedure care guidelines and keep the facial compression band on for as long as possible during the initial recovery.
For a smoother recovery, one should:
- Avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous activities at least 2-3 weeks
- Try sleeping on your back and in an elevated position
- Abstain from stretching or massaging the face
It is generally not advised to drive after the procedure because of the side effects from your sedation. If you prefer to commute by car, do have a family member or friend drive you home after the procedure. You can resume driving the next day onwards.
It is recommended that you wait for at least 3 to 4 days before applying sunscreens, moisturizers or makeup. Generally, the use of a light concealer to cover post operative bruising is allowed. However, one has to be mindful of the application techniques as excessive rubbing motion can affect the placement of the threads.
Alternatively, check with the doctor if you can resume your skin care and makeup routine.
You can resume light exercises such as stretching and walking a week after the procedure. However, you are advised to avoid any activity that puts a strain on the treated skin. Stay away from strenuous exercises and weightlifting for at least 1 week or you may consult your surgeon before resuming them.
In general, there are no special preparations required for thread lift procedure. However, it is important to have realistic expectations and you should be clear of all ambiguities before the start of the procedure. Ask any question you want to from your doctor.
The surgeon cautiously carried out a selection test to check which patient meets the selection criteria. This includes evaluating a patient’s facial features, presence of asymmetries, grade of skin sagging and its condition. The age of the patient is also important. This evaluation is necessary to make a decision of the type of thread required and the method to be employed.
Patients with extra skin and heavy tissue may be recommended to undergo surgical procedures because in such cases thread lift can bring about only limited change. Therefore, patients should be well informed of the extent of the changes. It makes it easier to comply with.
You must inform the doctor regarding any treatment that you have already undergone. A complete history of the medicines you use should also be given to the doctor.
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