Thread lift is a revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting sagging skin to give more youthful and natural look. Gold standard for face lifting is surgical facelift. However, thread lift has gaining its popularity and become a non-surgical alternative to invasive surgical facelift due to quick recovery time, simple procedure and no need to undergo general anaesthesia.
Thread is made of different materials that determine their longevity and tensile strength. These are the materials used in threads include polydioxanone (PDO), poly-L-lactic acid (PCCL, same material used in one of the dermal filler, Sculptra) and polycaprolactone (PCL). PDO thread tends to dissolve after 6 months.
PLLA thread tends to dissolves after 12 months. PCL thread tends to dissolve after 24 months. PLLA and PCL were developed after PDO thread. Both PLLA and PCL thread last longer than PDO thread but their side effects also tend to persist longer. More studies are required to understand their efficacy compared to PDO thread.
PDO is biocompatible (well tolerated by human body) and bioabsorbable (absorbed by the skin naturally) material that commonly used in surgical stiches for decades. It is used for rejuvenation, lifting and reduce the fat. PDO threads can be done on all areas of face, neck, breast and body parts.
PDO threads will stimulate collagen production around each thread continuously. There is no worry about thread removal as it will gradually break down and fully dissolved in the body after 1-2 years. You should not able to feel the threads after they are inserted under the skin. Results are best seen at 3 months. Results can last 12-18 months.
Types of thread lift can be basically divided into non-barbed thread (mono thread and screw thread) and barbed (cog thread and screw thread). Threads come with different thickness and length. Different thickness and length are used for different thread lift technique and treatment area.
Mono threads are a type of single PDO filament. They are smooth thread lift without bards. Mono threads are inserted into the skin in a mesh-like pattern to achieve skin tightening effects. Mono threads rejuvenate and tighten the skin through continuous collagen production. It can improve the appearance of facial lines too. Mono threads tighten skin but less effective in lifting. It is good for those who want a firmer skin. If you have moderate sagging problem, you may consider cog threads.
Screw thread is more advanced than mono thread lift. Screw threads can come in the form of one or two threads inter-wined around the inserting needle. Some of the screw thread lift can have bars as in cog thread in a helix form. They are thicker and stronger compared to mono thread. Hence, they create stronger stimulation and ends up to form more collagen than mono threads. They can help to reverse sunken area and give more volume.
Cog threads are similar to mono threads but contain bars. Cog threads are normally inserted via a blunt tip needles through a small incision behind the hairline without visible scars under local anaesthesia. Cog threads are effective way to achieve tissue lifting and rejuvenation. They anchor around the skin and hold the skin mechanically against gravity. The barbs form the supportive structure to lift the sagging tissue. You can see the lifting effects and youthful facial V shape immediately.
Threads can be combined with botulinum toxin, dermal filler and other aesthetic treatment to deliver ultimate result.
The thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure for the face, neck, or jowls. It is highly effective for people with droopy cheeks, loose skin or generally sagging face. It gives a lifted, firm, tightened and supple texture of the skin.
There are 2 types of thread lift available at GEM clinic
1.Mono PDO thread- It boosts up the synthesis of collagen production in the treated area hence delivering you beautiful, firm and youthful results.
2.COG PDO thread- It contains barbs on it, mainly giving the mechanical strength and support to your face and neck at the same time stimulating collagen production and improving the blood flow. As a result, it creates a firm, tighten, rejuvenated and youthful uplifted face!
PDO (Polydioxanone) absorbable threads are medical grade threads injected into the area wherever you want the firming and lifting effect. It forms nets between a number of threads. They promote and proliferate the building of collagen in the skin while they are naturally absorbed into the tissue within 6-8 months and producing the firming effect which may last up to 1 year
At GEM clinic, we ensure all treatments are done with minimal discomfort to the clients. Numb cream/local anaesthesia are given prior the procedure to minimize pain.
People may resume their daily activity without any problem immediately after the thread lift treatment. There is a minimum downtime associate with it including slight discomfort at the site of injection, bruising,pain and redness which can be easily tackled with proper care.
As it is minimally invasive the risks and possible complications are also reduced. The procedure is performed by our expert doctors only. In the right hands the chances of complication decreases significantly. However, some known complications include tenderness, infection, inflammation, stinging and allergic reaction.