Saggy cheeks. Droopy jowls. Is that a double chin you see?!
Facial sagging is a big tell tale sign of aging. Gravity pulls at our facial tissues every day and this is made worse as our skin loosens with age. As such, facial sagging shows up as hollows, excessive fat and wrinkles at different areas, causing imbalance to our ideal facial contours.
Minimally invasive face lifting techniques like face threads have been steadily gaining widespread public acceptance due to heavy research over the years, improved thread material and mature techniques.
What are face threads?
Thread lifting is a minimally invasive anti-aging procedure that helps restore our facial contours by lifting sagging tissues and repositioning facial volumes to achieve a more youthful look.
Usually done through a needle-hole with a cannula, these threads are placed under the skin and tightened. These threads are usually made of PDO or PCL material, and these material are used for stitching wounds in surgeries. PDO and PLLA material dissolves and are reabsorbed naturally in the body over time – approximately 12 months for PDO and up to 2 years for PLLA – leaving no residual material behind.
The threads are bio-stimulatory, and have barbed hooks to lift effectively, as well as stimulate collagen synthesis and tissue contraction to maintain and prolong the effect of the face thread lift even after the threads have dissolved.
At Mizu, we use threads with moulded barbed hooks – even when they’re made of the same material, these lasts longer than threads with cuts to form “barbs”.
How does it work, and what is the process like?
The procedure is a fuss-free day procedure that takes about 30 minutes and allows you to return to normal activities almost immediately.
After careful planning, numbing cream and solution is used to numb the areas where the threads are placed. This is followed by the placement of threads and a facial massage to ensure facial symmetry. Different types of threads are frequently needed for different areas: some threads provide a lift (threads with cogs/barbs), others are needed for repositioning facial fat and some others work by purely stimulating collagen to thicken loose skin (mono threads). The number of threads needed will depend on individual considerations.
What results should I expect from face thread lifts?
Apart from an immediate lift to sagging tissues, thread lifts also provide a stimulus for collagen regeneration over the treated areas. This ensures long lasting and natural results that continue to improve even months after the procedure. Additionally, the procedure helps with overall skin rejuvenation and improvement of skin texture problems such as wrinkles and even scarring!
How long do the results last?
The results from a session of thread lift are immediately visible and usually last until the threads are absorbed by the body.
For PDO threads, full absorption usually takes place in 12 months, but the effects of the lift can be further maintained for another 6 to 12 months due to the collagen stimulating characteristics of the threads used, and also depending on individual factors like genetics and lifestyle. Since collagen degradation happens with age, a maintenance procedure is normally recommended annually.
Downtime, risks & aftercare post face thread lift
Thread lifts are generally a safe procedure and side effects are mild and temporary. It is likely that one may feel a mild soreness during the recovery period, which usually takes 1 – 2 weeks.
Mild bruising may also occur which is usually easily covered up by cosmetics. Following the treatment, it is recommended to avoid heavy physical activity and aggressive facial movement during the recovery period.
It is also recommended to avoid sleeping sideways, or face down – face up would be the best, and if possible, with a facial compression bandage for 1 – 2 weeks till some fibrosis occurs, so that the effects of the face lift would last longer!
How does it compare to other minimally/non-invasive facelift methods?
As with other minimally invasive aesthetic lifting devices, patients need to be carefully selected. Even though most people will benefit from the procedure, some may see less improvement with a thread lift procedure and instead, get better results from an Ultraformer HIFU or Radio Frequency treatment. A detailed consultation with the doctor communicating ideas and expectations is necessary for best possible outcome.
Why do your face thread lift with Mizu?
Dr. Tan recently visited one of the pioneers in face thread lifts, Dr. Eui Taeg Jung of Dr. Jung Clinic, Seoul, and was trained in the latest techniques in facial thread lifts to ensure better, longer-lasting results.
Dr. Jung developed the technique of bottom-up placement of face threads, instead of the traditional top-down placement of these threads.
Due to our facial muscle structure, this new technique ensures longer-lasting natural results. Our facial muscles can be split into two sections, the dynamic area and the anchoring area.
The dynamic area is usually where all our facial expressions are visible, and the anchoring area usually has minimal movement. Traditionally, threads have always been inserted top-down, from the anchoring area to the dynamic area. This sometimes results in the loosening of the threads as the anchoring part of the threads, when placed in the dynamic area, might move or dislodge due to dynamic facial muscle movement over time.
Dr Tan’s bottom-up technique ensures that the anchoring part of the threads sits in the anchoring area where there is less movement, offering more stable support for the threads. This not only results in stronger anchoring of the threads for better results, but also ensures that the lifting effect lasts longer.
Ready for face threads, or want to know more?
Make an appointment for a non-obligatory consult with Dr. YZ Tan and get professional advice on suitability, and how you can take years off your age!
Call us at 66344033 or Whatsapp us at 9384 8915 to make an appointment today, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further enquiries about face thread lifts!