What is thread lift?
Thread lift is a type of procedure whereby dissolvable medical-grade sterile sutures are positioned beneath the skin to produce a subtle visible “lift” to the skin. Instead of a surgical facelift, which is a rather drastic and scary procedure prone to potential permanent side-effects, Dr Chin skillfully suspends lax skin by stitching up portions of it.
How is thread lift performed?
Thread lift is performed under local anaesthesia and avoids the risk of memory loss, sedation and other dangers associated with the use of general anaesthesia. Small puncture wounds are created where they are hardly visible and dissolvable threads are placed strategically in the deeper layers of the skin and gently pulled to lift sagging skin.
What results can I expect?
You can expect in immediate lifting and tightening of the face. In addition, the new generation threads that Dr Chin uses are also biostimulatory in nature. That means that as they dissolve, the threads stimulate abundant new collagen formation to the treated areas, resulting in extended periods of skin strengthening, increased skin firmness and improved skin hydration.
What threads are used at DermClear?
A combination of premium European and Korean threads are used for optimal results. The latest 3rd Generation Aptos threads from Europe uses PLACLHA or poly( L -lactic acid)- co -poly( -caprolactone ) impregnated with hyaluronic acid has the added benefits of collagen and elastin stimulation, anti-inflammatory effect as well as tissue hydration.
Can I feel the threads after the procedure?
The threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are so fine that you will not feel any of the threads once the skin has healed around them.
How fast is the recovery time?
Recovery from thread lift is quick and uncomplicated. As thread lifts are performed under local, rather than general anesthesia, you can drive yourself home and do most activities immediately after your procedure. You will experience a little bit of soreness, redness and swelling for a day or two for which adequate rest and some mild painkillers like paracetamol will help resolve. While thread lift recovery is not particularly intensive, you will still have to take a few minor precautions while healing. It’s important to make sure that you don’t rub your face vigorously while cleansing it or applying moisturizer for at least a week after having threads placed. You should also try to prop your head up slightly and avoid sleeping on the side of your face at night.
Some final points
As with most delicate procedures, the experience of Dr Chin goes a long way to ensure that you get the best results. There is virtually no risk of scarring, severe bruising, bleeding or other complications after having a thread lift. In rare cases, patients may experience irritation, infection or their sutures becoming visible under their skin. If this occurs, however, the sutures can simply be removed and the patient’s face will return to its prior state. Advantageous though thread lifts are, it’s important for you to maintain realistic expectations for this procedure. While thread lifts certainly produce visible changes, they create a subtle and natural looking end result compared to surgical facelift. Thread lifts are therefore best suited to patients who are having mild to moderate, rather than severe signs of skin laxity.