Thread lift is a medical procedure that aims to tighten, lift, and shape the face. This method is claimed to make skin firmer and more youthful and is considered ideal for combating aging because this treatment encourages the production of collagen which plays an important role in maintaining skin elasticity and firmness.
Thread lift is a medical procedure where the doctor will insert a special needle and thread, namely PDO (polydioxanone), PCL (polylactic caprolactone), or PLLA (polylactic acid), which are fine thread and coggeunder the skin layer. The thread is then pulled to lift the loose skin and tissue in the desired area. These threads that have hooks will ensure the skin is in the correct position and will stimulate fibrosis and collagen so that in the long term, the skin of the face and neck and other desired areas will become tight and, the tissue under the skin will experience rejuvenation. Generally, several areas of the face are selected, such as the smile line, jawline, eyebrows, forehead, under-eye area, cheeks, and nose. Other body areas such as the neck, breasts, arms, stomach and thighs and buttocks.
Why thread lifting is needed to be done?
The thread lift method is ideal for women who want to look younger, without facelift surgery. Although the effect is not permanent, the stimulation of collagen production is sufficient to make the skin look younger. The price of thread lifting is also relatively cheaper compared to similar procedures. The risk associated with the action is lower, so it is safer to do.
The results of thread lift depend on tissue elasticity and skin type, the amount itself and location of the implants. The effect of a more lifted and firmer face can last from 8 months to 2 years. Even so, thread lifting does not replace fillers, botox, skin boosters, and other collagen stimulators for treating aging. Combinations of thread lifts and other procedures can give good results because they stimulate the formation of collagen which maintains youthful skin.
A research in 2017 showed that the effects can be felt immediately a few days after the thread lift is carried out. After a year, this effect will diminish as the thread begins to be absorbed by the body. Furthermore, approximately 3 years, the effect will disappear and need to be repeated. Treatment after undergoing thread implants also determines the results of the treatment.
What to do post thread lifting?
For the maximum results of thread lifting, there are several things needed to be paid attention to:
If you experience slight bruising or swelling in the thread implant area, place a cold compress on the area for a few minutes. Do this 4-5 times during the day for the first week after the procedure.
Activities can proceed as usual but do not do strenuous activities such as sports for at least 2 weeks.
Consume pain killers as needed.
Avoid using aspirin and other blood-thinning drugs for 2 weeks.
Avoid using make-up or face cream for at least 48 hours.
Do not pull, massage, rub, or exfoliate the skin for at least 3 weeks. It is also not permissible to wash or touch your face for 12 hours after the procedure.
It is recommended to sleep on your back to prevent swelling.
Avoid any dental treatment for at least 2 weeks after implanting nose or facial threads.
What are the risks of thread lifting?
The thread lift procedure is a low-risk procedure and rarely causes complications. But like other beauty treatments, this procedure can also cause mild side effects. Side effects of thread lifting are generally felt in the area where the threads are implanted, for example:
Dimple around the thread area
These symptoms are not dangerous and will disappear within a few days. Meanwhile, in several other cases thread implants can also trigger quite severe complications. Although it rarely happens, the following are the risks of complications that still need to be paid attention to:
Allergic reactions to the thread material, itching to shortness of breath if anaphylactic shock occurs due to allergies
Pain and a feeling of pulling on the face
Infection in the thread planting area
Severe swelling for more than 48 hours
Headache and fever
If you experience any of the signs above, don't hesitate to immediately contact the responsible doctor for further treatment, Dermalovers!