Restoring one’s youthful appearance used to come at a hefty price. By saying “hefty price,” I mean both to the pocket and recovery time. Why? Because the only way to tackle sagging and loose skin before was through facelift surgery.
Thanks to developments in aesthetic technology, several products and equipment have been invented in order to address these skin ageing symptoms. However, the level of facelift that this wide range of available treatments, from injectable fillers to heat-emitting devices, cannot compare to what surgery can give. This is a usual letdown for people who have hesitations to undergo the knife.
A recent addition to these aesthetic enhancement procedures is an innovation that originated in South Korea. This facelift is non-surgical, minimally invasive, requires little downtime, and (most importantly) able to give almost the exact same results that facelift surgeries do. Have I tickled your fancy? Then read on to know more about Korean Threadlift.
Korean Threadlift Facts
Korean thread lifts landed in the Singapore aesthetic scene about five years ago and Dr Israr Wong was one of the first who started doing them in Singapore. Nowadays Korean thread lifts alongside with the nose threads are one of the most requested facelift procedure in clinics. The fact that this procedure requires no scalpels and incisions to the face makes it an instant choice for a lot of women who desire to rejuvenate and improve their droopy faces.
This procedure uses biocompatible threads that are inserted into the skin in a specific trajectory in order to the anchor the skin from end to end, creating traction that results in a lifting effect.
What makes Korean Thread lifts effective in producing a lifting effect on the skin?
The highlight of a Korean thread lift procedure is the threads used. The threads are made from Polydioxanone (PDO) material, which is absorbable and are FDA approved for safe use to the body. PDO threads are no stranger to the medical field. These have been used over a decade for sutures and surgery procedures.
A closer look at PDO threads will reveal different characteristics. Basically, these are the types of PDO threads used for Korean thread lift:
- Cog threads
- Mono threads
Cog threads have hooks and barbs lined throughout its length. These hooks and barbs function to grip and pull the facial skin upward as the threads are placed strategically into the skin. Mono threads have no hooks and barbs and are usually placed into the skin interlocked with each other to produce a tightening effect.
Aside from lifting the skin, the PDO threads work to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. Collagen and elastin make the skin fresh, lighter, and firmer in appearance.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Korean Threadlift procedure?
There are several advantages of a Korean Threadlift procedure. These are:
- Immediate lifting and rejuvenating results
- Continuous skin improvements in the following 4 to 12 weeks following the treatment
- Lunchtime procedure (can be done in under an hour)
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Non-surgical procedure
- Requires little downtime
The disadvantages of a Korean Threadlift procedure are as follows:
- Failure to lift the skin when done with poor technique
- Downtime of 3 days to 1 week, depending on patient recovery (some are able to recover within 1 or 2 days)
- Possible side effects after a procedure
- Use of substandard threads for the procedure
Side effects that can happen after a procedure are:
- Facial asymmetry
- Hematoma (occurs rarely)
- Nerve damage (occurs rarely)
- Rippling of the skin
- Thread extrusion
- Thread migration
When it comes to candidate qualifications, Korean thread lifts may not be advised for:
- Skin with acne
- Individuals diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, infection, or diabetes
- Individuals taking anticoagulation medications or supplements
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
It is always important that patients communicate with their doctor with complete honesty regarding current illnesses or health conditions to ensure safety.
What should patients expect during and after a Korean thread lift procedure?
Prior to the procedure, a patient’s face will be cleansed thoroughly. Numbing cream or local anaesthesia may be applied to the treatment areas to minimise any discomfort or pain during the procedure. Once these steps are carried out, the doctor begins to insert the threads tactically into the skin. This step is repeated until the required number of threads for the procedure is used up. After the procedure, a patient can expect to see immediate subtle lifting results to their face.
These are the parts of the face that can be improved by a Korean thread lift procedure:
- Drooping eyebrows
- Forehead wrinkles
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Sagging cheeks and jowls
What are aftercare instructions that a patient needs to comply with following a procedure?
For aftercare, a patient must:
- Avoid taking alcohol or anticoagulant medication for a week
- Avoid making extreme facial contortions or dental appointments during the first month following the procedure
- Be mindful not to rub the treated areas of the face
- Not do any other aesthetic procedures within a week as the skin recovers
- Treat the areas where the threads are present with extreme care, especially when washing the face
How long do the results of the Korean thread lift last?
The results of a Korean thread lift procedure can last somewhere between 6 to 8 months.
How much does a session of Korean thread lift cost?
The cost of a Korean thread lift procedure in Singapore ranges from $1,500 to $5,000