Adored and endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow, threadlifts have since soared to popularity, with many other A-listers flocking to Europe and Asia for the procedure which helps shed years off their (vis)age and always red carpet-ready.
When a celebrity says ‘jump’, fans usually say ‘how high’. Thread lifts have observed a spike in popularity following the widespread celebrity endorsements – even the ones who are nervy around the needle are getting swayed.
If the thought of getting a thread lift has ever crossed your mind and you just need to know more to get you over the line, here are some FAQs that may be of value to you.
#1 What are thread lifts?
Threadlifts are non-surgical and mildly invasive treatments designed to lift sagging skin and stimulate collagen production by utilizing intelligent placements of ultra-fine, biocompatible, and bio-absorbable threads.
#2 Why do people want to get a thread lift?
- Lifts and tightens sagging skin with instant result
- Stimulates collagen production for a longer-lasting result
- Helps create a sharper (V-shaped) face
- Safe, non-surgical procedure with minimal downtime
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#3 What areas can be treated by thread lifts?
Face: Most commonly used to tighten sagging skin on the face, a face thread lift erases wrinkles and facial lines like nasolabial folds as well as; defines jawline for a V-shaped face. It can be also used on the nose like in the case of nose thread lifts performed by SW1 Clinic to elevate the nose, creating a sharper and more defined nose.
Neck: Used to achieve a younger-looking neck by tightening sagging neck skin and lax skin under the chin (turkey neck). Neck thread lifts also help reduce double chins.
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#4 How do thread lifts work?
The threads are strategically inserted into the skin which creates a scaffolding to support weakened tissues. This restores sharper facial features, indicative of youth. Additionally, these threads stimulate a matrix of supporting collagen to maintain the lifting effect, resulting in a facelift that is natural-looking.
#5 What types of threads are used?
Short or long: While short threads are easier to insert and require little aftercare, they are limited in effect as compared to using longer threads which can provide a greater lift.
Thin or thick: Thin threads may not be able to provide sufficient support to anchor the lift in place as compared to thicker threads.
Smooth or barbed/hooked: Smooth threads are less capable of providing traction between skin tissues for greater lift and a longer-lasting result.
#6 How important is it to pay a reasonable cost for a thread lift?
VERY important! If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.
While it may be a personal choice to get a thread lift in spite of the temptingly low or ridiculously high cost, it is safest to have your beauty itch scratched by trustworthy hands at reputable and hygienic clinics with at least a decade of operations.
Remember, costs are factored in for:
Expertise: Practitioners who specialize in aesthetics can better understand the rule of aesthetics to deliver natural-looking facelifts. These trained doctors significantly reduce negative effects from threadlifts like skin dimpling or tethering from placing threads too superficially and damaging skin structures when placing threads too deep into the skin.
Experience: As with any surgery, threadlift consists of risks and side effects like possible scarring where the thread (especially a longer and larger one) was inserted and thread extrusion. Accumulated practical experience minimizes these, along with revisions to achieve the desired look.
Material: Many low-quality threads have flooded the market, which carries more potential side effects. Thus, do clarify with your practitioner on the threads used and any doubts you have before proceeding.
Comfort: Many clinics do offer local anesthetic so patients undergo a pain-free thread lift. Take note that these clinics should be clean and practice good hygiene. What you are not paying for is being pressured into more procedures or treatments.