Korean Threadlift: A Safe and Sure Way to Restore Years Back to Your Face

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.

Mono PDO Threads face lifting

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:

  • Bruising
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Granuloma
  • Hematoma (occurs rarely)
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage (occurs rarely)
  • Rippling of the skin
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • 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.

Beautiful face.

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

A Quick Rundown on Jaw Surgery in Singapore

Overview

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure whose aim is to correct dental, jaw and facial abnormalities. These abnormalities are often caused by genetics or facial trauma. Besides the obvious effects on one’s physical appearance, these abnormalities can also affect a person’s ability to speak, chew or bite. Because of the presence of these abnormalities, orthognathic surgery was developed to help correct and fix these deformities.

A lot of people experience dental problems such as crooked teeth, and these problems are usually fixed by braces or some other dental solution. There are times, however, that a dental problem might actually be caused by jaw structure, such as differing jaw sizes or imperfect jaw positions, which in turn affects your dental health. This is because the alignment of your teeth is based as well on the position and sizes of your upper and lower jaws. Due to this problem being quite common, orthognathic surgery was developed and has since been a relatively popular procedure undertaken by many people in Singapore.

When is it necessary to undergo jaw surgery?

It varies case by case, which is why it is important that a patient undergo a preliminary check-up by a trusted so that his/her condition is assessed and whether or not jaw surgery is necessary. If the specific abnormality makes it difficult for the patient to function and carry out daily tasks, then jaw surgery is most likely needed to fix it.

What causes jaw abnormalities and deformities?

Jaw abnormalities and deformities are usually attributed to physical facial trauma or genetics.

What abnormalities and deformities can be fixed by jaw surgery?

Orthognathic surgery can be undergone to fix a slew of different deformities, such as:

  • an open bite
  • a protruding jaw
  • a receding jaw
  • facial asymmetry
  • facial elongation
  • a severe crossbite
  • post-traumatic facial injury
  • recurring jaw pain

If you have any of the given problems above, then it’s high time to consult with a trusted oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMFS) and determine if jaw surgery is needed or not.

What results can I expect from jaw surgery?

TES Clinic says that successful jaw surgery can result in many positive changes, such as:

  • making the biting or chewing easier and improve overall the action of chewing
  • slowing down the process of wear and tear of the teeth
  • fixing problems in swallowing and speech
  • correcting issues in closing the jaw and bite fit
  • correcting facial asymmetries, such as small chins or overbites and crossbites
  • lessening the strain in closing the lips
  • relieving pain caused by TMJ disorder and other jaw problems
  • repairing facial injury
  • repairing birth defects
  • providing relief for someone who has sleep apnea

facial assymetry jaw surgery

Is jaw surgery a safe procedure?

Jaw surgery is a relatively safe procedure when done by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. However, there are a few risks in undergoing jaw surgery, such as:

  • Infection
  • Loss of blood
  • Nerve injury
  • Jaw fracture
  • Jaw relapsing to its original position
  • Need for a follow-up surgery

Also, after the surgery, there might be some lingering pain or swelling. Other possible complications include eating problems and the inevitable adjustment period with your new appearance.

What are the preparations needed before jaw surgery in Singapore?

In a lot of cases, braces must be placed on teeth for about 12 to 18 months before surgery to ensure that your teeth are aligned and levelled in preparation for the procedure.

The orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon will develop a treatment plan for the patient, which includes x-rays, photos, and models of your teeth and jaw. All of these data are then examined and studies to fully prepare both the surgeon and the doctor for the jaw surgery. Some of the details that are observed and recorded include the shape of the teeth, and how your teeth fit together.

What happens during jaw surgery?

Before the surgery itself, general anaesthesia is injected into the patient to ensure that he/she will have little to no discomfort or pain during the long ordeal.

For the surgery, the incision is usually made inside the mouth so that there are no facial scars on the patient’s jaw, chin or mouth. There are cases, however, that some small incisions are made around the mouth.

After the incision, the surgeon will then make some cuts in the jawbone to move them to the intended position. Screws and wires are then used to keep and secure the bones in this position. Sometimes, the surgeon will transfer some bone from your hip, leg, or rib and added to the jaw. This is then secured with plates or screws. The bone may also be reshaped depending on the treatment plan.

What are the important things that need to be considered after jaw surgery?

Right after the procedure, the doctor will instruct you regarding the recovery. It is a good idea to avoid any demanding activity to give your body the energy to heal. The doctor will also give you some advice regarding what to eat, and which medicine to take to manage the pain and discomfort while the bone is still in the process of healing.

Patients will have to miss a bit of work or school as the first two to three weeks after the surgery is a delicate time when it comes to recovery. Six weeks after the surgery, the orthodontist will realign your braces. Expect a long but satisfying recovery as your teeth and jaw will start to look better compared to before.