With the passage of time, as we age our facial muscles get weak due to usage, degeneration and gradual loss of ability to regenerate. Further damage is done due to the loss of fat under the skin and gravitational pull. All these factors contribute to aging signs such as loose skin and the reshaping or contouring of facial structures like nose and cheekbones, fine lines and wrinkles. The process of aging can be sped up by factors like dehydration, illness, poor eating habits, abrupt weight loss, stress, childbearing, smoking and other unhealthy habits like drinking and an inactive lifestyle. There has long been a desire to slow down the aging process and even reverse these undesirable changes. This has created a market for surgery to undo the aging signs like loose skin under the eyes, fine lines, laugh lines wrinkles and double chin also reshaping of nose, eyebrows, forehead, jowls, and jawline. To regain the youthful shape of your face, facelift surgery has been a very popular option. But unfortunately this is a very invasive and expensive process with long recovery time, loads of aftercare and some serious possible side-effects like loss of sensation, bruising, scarring and reshaping. Also since the surgery is irreversible and the changes made are immediate and drastic, if the results are not as desirable, there is no going back. This means if anything goes wrong, you might have to live with an asymmetrical face or facial features that are not pleasant to look at. This made clients and doctors explore nonsurgical alternatives for facelift all over the world. Among non-surgical options, the thread lift is one of the most popular and in-demand procedures.
Thread Lift – A Popular Non-Surgical Alternative to a Face Lift Surgery
A thread lifts well to tighten the loose skin, reshape the face and lift the sagging areas immediately. During a thread lift procedure certified doctor will insert tiny pieces of surgical thread beneath your skin with the help of fine needles. This process is done after applying local anesthesia and cleansing your skin with preferably an alcoholic solution. The number of threads depends upon the needs goals and situation of the client. This will be discussed with you beforehand.
How Does Thread Lift Work?
The thread lift is a double-action procedure the immediate results seen due to the thread providing support to the skin and the long-term results are due to regenerative action of collagen stimulation.
The basic working process principle of thread lift is through collagen stimulation which will actually take 3 to 4 months to show the results but you will see an immediate difference due to the threads inserted under your skin. The surgical thread used stimulates the specialist skin cells called fibroblasts present in subcutaneous tissues. That further stimulates the production of collagen which is responsible for the formation of new skin cells and all the signs of beautifully toned youthful skin. The surgical thread used usually dissolve on their own within a few months, but while they are there and collagen production has not picked up, they provide a supportive structure that has declined due to the deteriorated facial muscles and thus you get an immediate uplift and better-toned skin. The procedure is minimally invasive and has very little to no downtime. It is also less expensive in comparison to the facelift surgery and you can top it up whenever you want to improve the results. The results are subtle and not as drastic as the surgery so you do not have to worry much if you do not receive the desirable results, which you should if the procedure is done by a certified experienced doctor.
What are the different types of thread lift?
While the basic procedure of thread lift is the same, there are slight variations in the equipment or protocols that doctors might use. Your doctor might use a numbing cream, local anesthesia, pain killer injection, oral painkiller or a combination of these to minimize the pain during the procedure and inflammation that might appear after the procedure is done. The major difference in different types of thread lift procedures is the type of thread used.
Korean Thread Lift
The Korean thread lift procedure is a Revolutionary technique that was introduced by a Korean doctor. The thread used in this procedure are of three different types:
1- PDO or PolyDioxanOne
It is also commonly used in surgeries these days has been used for the longest time. The reason it is so popular is it is biodegradable and absorbed by the subcutaneous layers of skin over time.
2- Polylactic Acid (PLA)
These threads also have tiny hooks as a part of its structure to anchor into the skin. The cone-shaped anchors provide the volume to the skin, therefore, helping to reshape the facial structures. This is a more suitable choice when the goal is to achieve a more pronounced uplift.
3- Polycaprolactone (PCA)
These produce stronger collagen structure and prevents sagging, trigger a fibrotic reaction that gives longer-lasting results than other options. PCA is loaded with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to enhance the results and make them last even longer. PCA is a better option if the client is interested in more long-lasting results.
The number, size, length, width, and structure of the threads and needles will depend upon the targeted area and outcomes you require.
Silhouette Thread Lift
This technique has its origin in the US. The thread used in the Silhouette thread lift is a special thread with bidirectional cones that anchor in the subcutaneous fat to pull the skin upward and hence providing the facelift effect immediately.
Pros and cons
While major procedures might look very similar, there are major differences to consider before you could choose to go with one of them. The Korean thread life also referred to as PDO thread lift requires more threads but it also offers a better lift to the skin. On the other hand Silhouette, soft thread lift is a procedure which will require fewer threads and give you more volumizing effect.
A certified doctor will be better able to guide you if you need a more volumizing effect or a or an uplift to achieve a more beautiful and youthful-looking face.