Thread Lifting of Face

Thread Lifting of Face

 

Traditional facelift remains the gold standard for rejuvenation of advanced cases of an aging face. However, some patients may feel reluctant to undergo surgery. For the others, the severity of facial aging is too minor to warrant surgery. Some patients may also prefer a less invasive surgery with rapid recovery time. For these groups of patients, thread lift is an alternative treatment.

 

The threads used in thread lifting are made of PDO (polydioxanone), a safe biomedical material commonly used as surgical sutures. Once inserted into the face, PDO threads will undergo complete reabsorption in the body within six months. However, the effects of tightening and lifting initiated by the PDO threads will last much longer.

 

PDO thread produces both immediate effects and delayed effects. PDO threads create instant lifting effects immediately after the threads are inserted due to the threads’ physical property and mechanical pull. At the same time, PDO threads also stimulate the skin to produce collagen. Collagen will cause the skin to tighten, enhance skin elasticity, improve skin textures, and reduce fine wrinkles. These delayed effects usually start to be observable 1-2 months after inserting the PDO threads. Depending on the type and number of the PDO threads used, and the severity of the face aging, on average, the rejuvenation effects of PDO threads can last around two years.

 

 

 

Preparation

      1. Inform the doctor of any pre-existing medical conditions and drug allergy. All medical conditions must be treated and stabilized before the procedure.
      2. Stop smoking at least one week before the procedure. Smoking is harmful to wound healing, reduces the beneficial effects of PDO threads, and increases the risks of other post-procedure complications.
      3. Stop the following medications and supplements from one week before surgery until one week after surgery.
        1. All supplements containing vitamin E, ginseng, ginkgo, garlic, fish oil, and other ingredients that increase bleeding during the procedure. Other supplements, traditional medicine, and herbs, in which ingredients are unknown, have to stop as well.
        2. Medicine that increases bleeding during the procedure such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin. However, you may need to consult your physician who prescribed the medication before you stop them.

 

 

 

Procedure

Duration: Half an hour to one hour

Anaesthesia: Numb cream with or without local anaesthesia

Hospitalization: Not required.

Recovery*: Back to work in one day, light exercise after one to 3 days, heavy exercise after one week. * The actual speed of recovery may vary from person to person.

Procedure:Threads are inserted under the skin using special needles. The type, size, and the number of threads used can be varied and depend on the treatment areas and the severity. There are no incisions and no scars.

 

 

 

Post-operative Care**

      1. What to expect: Swelling is minimal and usually peaks on the second to the third day and will gradually subside after that. Post-operative pain is usually minimal.
      2. General care
        1. Apply cold pack first 3 days and warm pack after that. Elevate the head during sleep to reduce swelling.
        2. Avoid smoking for at least one month. Smoking increases the risk of complications.
        3. Adequate rest and sleep are helpful for a speedy recovery.
        4. Be relaxed and calm. Contact the clinic if there are any queries.
      3. Medicine: Finish the oral antibiotics as prescribed. Take the painkiller as prescribed when necessary.
      4. Physical activity: Avoid heavy physical activity and exercise for one to 2 weeks.
      5. Follow-up: Come back one week after for review.
      6. Emergency: If there is heavy bleeding, a rapid increase in swelling or severe pain, immediately contact the clinic/doctor for advice.

 

** The instructions in this list are only for general guidance. If you have any specific queries or concerns during the post-operative recovery, please contact the clinic for further advice.

 

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