Thread Lifts: What You Need To Know About The New Age Facelift
The face of beauty has quite literally changed over the years. The days where people looked like they actually got plastic surgery have made way for the “did they or didn’t they?” face. And with more plastic surgery advancement, people can now get procedures done during their lunch break. And better yet, these often non-invasive procedures have quick recovery times.
One of those in and out procedures is the increasingly popular thread lift.
What exactly is a thread lift?
The thread lift is an easy way to smooth wrinkles and tighten sagging skin without surgery. The procedure involves inserting threads into the soft tissues, which are then pulled tight, lifting the skin. As a result, the face is refined, volume restored, and the effects of ageing are significantly reduced.
In 1999 the permanent lifting thread, APTOS, was created from polylactic acid, caprolactone, and hyaluronic acid (HA). These threads allow doctors to achieve the effects of plastic surgery without the anaesthesia, incisions or extended recovery time.
The beauty of HA in APTOS is that it accelerates healing and inflammation. Together with the action of the threads, it stimulates collagen and elastin fibres in the skin. This results in a significant improvement in not only the lifting of saggy skin but also skin quality. The threads, as well as the HA, are bio-compatible, which means your skin will recognize it as natural, with low risks of negative side effects.
How is the procedure performed?
The threads can be both non-absorbable and absorbable. As absorbable threads dissolve naturally, the skin starts to produce more collagen and elastin, which gives a longer-lasting result.
This is a non-invasive procedure, meaning the doctor won’t need to make any incisions in the skin, making this procedure safer than surgery. Thread lifts can be used to treat several different areas, which includes the following:
- Soothing horizontal and vertical forehead wrinkles
- Lifting the brow and outer eyebrow area and restoring volume to sagging cheeks.
They can also smooth lines around the mouth and tighten sagging skin under the lower jaw, lift and rejuvenate various parts of the body. As for results, they are evident immediately after the procedure and can last from 1,5 to 5 years, depending on the thread composition.
It’s vital to have a consultation before the procedure, as the best candidates are usually aged from 35 to 55 for both men and women and have relatively good skin tone with a little sagging. If there is too much loose skin, then surgery may be the best option.
What the expert says
Dr Jan Nel, a specialist in non-surgical injectables, has worked with APTOS since in launched in South Africa at the end of 2018. “ In my personal and professional opinion, I can honestly say that this semi-permanent device is revolutionary to our business,” says Dr Nel.
“The finding doctor, Dr Marlen Sulamanidze — a plastic surgeon from Georgia, has put in 50 years of his life developing and refining this device. APTOS practitioners are continuously trained on current and new developments and techniques. Where we focused a few years back on correcting volume loss before addressing saggy skin, our approach has changed to the opposite; lift first then address volume loss as indicated.” Dr Nel adds.