As we age, our skin begins to show signs of wear as we lose collagen, which causes the skin to become less elastic and sagging. To keep a youthful appearance, many people will choose to have surgery. Some procedures are more invasive than others, and permanent surgery may not be something you wish to have. In this case, you can opt to have a thread lift, which is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done in an hour and doesn’t involve permanent surgery.

What is Thread Lift?

Also called a “thread face-lift”, this minimally invasive procedure is used to lift and realign sagging tissue, while adding some definition to facial contours by using temporary sutures. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, our surgeon will simply suspend it by stitching up portions of it. Facial fat that has dropped downwards is brought up to his original position, so giving youthful looks again. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging in another way: by provoking the body’s “healing response” (Biostimulation) and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas.

Who is the ideal candidate for Thread Lift in Malaysia?

This procedure is suitable for people with minimal signs of aging who need just a small lift (usually women between 35 and 55). Others include those who have had some relapse from a previous procedure such as facelift/neck lift. Thread lifts can treat: Hollow cheeks – where there has been a loss of volume from the cheeks. Jowls – where the skin sags around the jawline. Sagging cheeks – where there has been mild to moderate sagging. Deep wrinkles – where lines and folds have appeared around the nose and chin.

How is a thread lift procedure done?

The procedure can be done with local anesthesia and is generally done within one to two hours. It involves the insertion of very fine threads into the face or neck through very tiny incisions or needles. The threads work to pull back the skin, which lifts it to give the skin a smoother appearance. The results of this procedure are immediate, with sagging skin being eliminated and giving you a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. The thread lift procedure begins with making a tiny notch behind the ear or hairline. A needle is then inserted into the skin when the suspending threads attached to it. The needle has very fine threads with even finer filaments that can attach themselves to the tissue under the skin. As the needle is withdrawn, these filaments get deposited into the sagging areas. The threads are then tightened to lift sagging skin giving it a smooth and natural look. A thread lift procedure creates longer-lasting results than you would get with dermal fillers or a Botox treatment.

Different thread lifts procedures in Malaysia

There are two types of thread lift procedures that you can have done.

Silhouette –

This procedure uses threads made of a non-absorbable polypropylene strand are used. They contain a number of sutures interspersed with tiny “cones” that are adept at grabbing tissue all around. This allows the threads to gather more skin, producing a more noticeable lift to the cheeks and jowls that lasts up to 5 years. (by Menarini)

Happy Lift (Revitalizing) –

This procedure uses a monofilament, absorbable skin support/filling thread of synthetic origin. The Happy Lift, sutures interact with the tissues with. creating a double action: 1. Lifting action for the support & repositioning of the tissues. 2. Revitalizing action stimulating the synthesis of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. (Biostimulation) Furthermore, a fibrous capsule occurs around the inserted thread that prolongs the lifting effect and maintains the skin traction. It also protects the thread from hydrolysis, extending its permanence in the tissue.

What can you expect after the operation?

Swelling and bruising may occur and can be prevented with ice packs. Movements are strictly restricted by taping the face for 3 days especially the area that has been operated. The patient is advised to sleep on the back for a week. Otherwise, it will undo the effect of the procedure. Finally, the patient should avoid excessive mouth opening and massage on the operated site for about 3 weeks. Some patients experience numbness in the treated area, which usually subsides within 1 week of the procedure.

What is the significance of thread lift?

Thread lift procedures have become popular because there is a reduced procedural and recovery time, and the patient shows immediate satisfaction with treatment outcome. Finally, general anesthesia is not required and the risk of complication is very low. The end result is immediate rejuvenate looking skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are there side effects after the procedure? A. As with any type of procedure, there is always the possibility of side effects. However, not everyone will experience side effects, which can include swelling, pain, slight skin irregularity or depressions, facial asymmetry, bruising, inflammation, dimple or ripple formations. These should, however, disappear within a few days after the procedure has been done. Q. Is Will the tread lift procedure be painful? A. No, the procedure is not painful. The procedure is done using a local anesthetic, will not leave scars, and requires minimal downtime. Q. Do threads have to be removed over time? A. No. The threads that are used are very fine and invisible, so they do not need to be removed. However, should you opt for a full facelift at a later stage, they can be removed quite easily. Q. Will a thread lift change my facial features significantly? A. No. Thread lifts works by rejuvenating the face without making any changes to your natural facial features. Q. How long do thread lift results? A. Thread lifts do wear off over time, however, depending on each individual and the procedure they have had done, the effects of a thread lift can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 ½ years.