Are Thread Lifts the Future of Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery comes in all forms and procedures, all aiming to alter the appearance of countless individuals. Forms of facial rejuvenation surgery are gaining popularity in Asia, especially in wealthier Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, and Singapore. One common form of cosmetic surgery is facelifts.

Also called rhytidectomy, it is a surgical method that restores the youthful appearance of the skin by tightening the exterior skin and repositioning some of the muscles underneath the skin. However, a newer, less-invasive method has been gaining traction lately – face thread lift.

What is Face Thread Lift?

Face Thread Lifting Procedure

Face thread lift presents itself as a non-surgical facelift alternative. In this procedure, fine and nearly-invisible sutures are threaded or sewn to produce a “lift” in the patient’s facial skin, albeit done in a subtler and less invasive method (less cutting of skin). The practitioner tightens loose skin by stitching them.

The suture threads used in lifting can come with microscopic “barbs” that can grip on the skin better and allowing better adhesion. The entire suture is made of a material that will eventually be dissolved by the body, with natural collagen and new fibers to fill up the gap.

As collagen fills the gap, it shows another advantage of face thread lift – its indirect anti-ageing effects by stimulating the healing process of the body. This is because the sutures invoke a “repair” process that causes collagen to travel to the “lifted” areas. This improvement in firmness is best for patients within the age of 30 to 40. This treatment mainly focuses on aesthetic rejuvenation, while boosting collagen presence in the target areas. Why collagen?

Collagen is a common protein in the body. Connective tissues that make up many body parts such as ligaments, muscles, and skin contains collagen. Collagen is vital for skin structure, and it’s for this reason why it plays a great role in healing skin damage. Ageing causes collagen rates to dwindle, thus causing visible signs of ageing such as wrinkling and sagging.

Rejuvenating the face with fresh collagen while ageing is yet to fully start is recommended. Thread lift does the trick, as mentioned earlier, by boosting collagen which, in turn, reduces skin looseness, hydrating it, increasing its volume, and making it firmer. Those who undergo a thread lift will definitely notice these effects. Fortunately, the suture threads are so tiny that they are barely felt during the healing process.

For face thread lift, only local anaesthesia is needed, hence there are less drowsiness and sedation that is induced. Pain medication, almost always a must after facelift surgery, may no longer be needed, making it less toxic to the body (as having too much pain medications may cause kidney damage, so it’s always best to minimize the situations where it would be necessary).

Advantages of Thread Lift

The young female face and thread lifting

After stating the main processes of thread lift, it can be said that the main edge or advantage of face thread lift is that it requires less cutting of the skin, thus there is less need for heavy anaesthetics and round-the-clock post-surgery care.

Not only that, face thread lift eliminates the risks associated with surgery such as scarring, bruising, infection, and other worse complications. Before the thread lift procedure is done, there are some cases where the patient must be tested to ensure that there will be no allergic reaction with the fine suture thread.

As with facelifts, care must be ensured for a smooth recovery. One must not rub the face too much while cleaning. Before using cosmetic care products, the doctor or dermatologist must be consulted first. Some doctors recommend applying some moisturizer after the facelift surgery. It is no doubt a solution for everyone who wishes to have facial rejuvenation surgery minus the pain and hassle involved in the recovery period.

Availability of Thread Lift in Singapore

In Asia, doctors will slightly modify the method to suit Asian facial structures. However, unlike facelifts, less complicated adjustments will have to be made as thread lift is overall a simpler procedure. Commonly, US Food and Drug Administration-approved Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are used as sutures.

Many aesthetic clinics in Singapore, one of the leading ones being Cambridge Medical Group, offer face thread lift. These skin clinics commonly advertise their expertise on the procedure which could cover areas such as near the eyelids, jawline, mouth, neck, jowls, cheeks, buttocks, abdomen, shoulders, knees, calves, and forearms. Many Singaporean doctors opt for PDO as the material of choice for the sutures, though some can opt for Polylactic Acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) depending on factors ranging from cost and patient compatibility.

The common cost of the thread lift procedure in Singapore is around $1,500 to $4,500. It is widely sought out to cosmetically treat a lot of skin conditions including aging. Looking for a skin doctor will not be a problem as Singapore is a strict country and illegal clinics rarely exist.

However, not all doctors are created equal, so it is still best to be well-informed about the pros and cons and that the doctor has a good background.

Final Words

A face thread lift is an awesome and effective procedure that usually has good and visible results that last up to 2 years depending on the care and precision of the operation done. As with many procedures, results may vary from person to person.

Cambridge Medical Group
Address: 391B Orchard Road, #08-05A1, Tower B, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874
Phone: +65 6733 0777

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