In the past, whenever people talked about skin lifting treatment, surgical facelift would be among the first option people considered. Over time, people have explored a range of non-invasive and miniminally-invasive treatments to address skin laxity.
People between the ages of 30 and 50 are starting to take a more proactive approach to take care of their outward appearance. Interestingly, this group of people are more open to minimally-invasive treatments as compared to a surgical procedure. If you are in this group, you’ll be happy to know that a type of non-surgical procedure has been developed to fill in the gap.
Thread lift treatment
A thread lift is an advanced non-surgical procedure whereby the doctor uses dissolvable sutures to provide a subtle, yet visible lift in the skin. Unlike the traditional way of removing the excess skin from the face surgically, the doctor simply suspends it by compressing and repositioning it upwards.
A thread lift treatment provides 2 benefits. Firstly, it creates a temporary, immediate effect of pulling the skin back and therefore lifting and tightening the face. Secondly, the threads stimulate the body to produce new collagen at the treated areas. When new collagen grows in the face, it provides a longer lasting lift and reverses signs of aging even after the threads have dissolved after a few months.
Why is collagen stimulation important?
Collagen is an essential building block that maintains your youthful appearance by keeping the skin firm and lifted. In addition to being used for wound healing, collagen keeps the skin supple. As we grow older, the level of collagen production drops.
Studies have shown that an average person loses about 80 percent of the skin thickness and collagen by about 70 years old. The loss of collagen results in saggy skin and formation of wrinkles.
As we grow older, the skin becomes weaker and it is no longer able to support the tissue beneath it. Gravity then takes over, pulling the skin downwards and stretches it. Increasing collagen level in the skin helps to restore firmness to the skin.
Types of thread lift treatments
The most popular thread lift treatment uses the brand – Silhouette Soft Thread jasa perbaikan lift . It is made of Polylactic Acid (PLA) monofilament, a common material used in hospitals as sutures or medical devices. The thread is lined with tiny cones to give it a better lifting capabiity for people with saggy skin.
PDO thread lift is another type of skin lifting treatment that uses dissolvable threads made of polydioxanone, also known as PDO. PDO threads are known to have stronger lifting capabilities. However, the downtime may be longer due to the trauma to the skin.
Benefits of thread lift
The greatest benefits of a non-surgical thread lift treatment are the minimal recovery time and the immediate, visible result. While it is common to experience some soreness and swelling after the procedure, most people take about 2 days to recover from the discomfort. A non-surgical thread lift is suitable for people who have busy lives and demanding careers where taking a long break from social activities can be challenging.
Thread lift treatments are generally low risk. There is almost no risk of permanent scarring or associated surgical risks. In rare cases, patients may experience infection or extrusion of threads. Such issues can be addressed by removing the threads from the face.
The process of undergoing a thread lift treatment can be pleasant and results can be natural and visible if the right doctor performs the treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor about his experience in performing thread lift. Ask for before-and-after photos to have a clearer picture of what your outcome will probably be. Only proceed if you are 100 percent comfortable with the doctor and the results you see.
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah is the Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics. He is one of the leading doctors in Singapore who performs Silhouette Soft Thread Lift and PDO Thread Lift treatments.