Do you want to improve the appearance of your face?
Improving the skin on your face and neck effectively, without a surgical procedure and with immediate results is already a reality: facelift threads or thread lift.
Thread lift consists of reabsorbable suture threads recommended for treating sagging skin. These threads are not smooth, they have teeth-like barbs or cogs and need to be fixed to the fat. It may sometimes be necessary to place an additional fixation stitch in an invisible area such as behind the hairline or ears. The thread lift can be made from propylene or polydioxanone.
Korean threads are made of pure polydioxanone (PDO). They are placed at different levels using an introducer. There are various thread sizes and diameters. This class of thread is a new generation of lifting threads. Their principal function is to provide support and stimulate the natural process of collagen induction.
It is a material used for cardiac surgery and ophthalmology techniques. They are absorbable and biocompatible suture threads which promote cell cohesion.
Among the benefits provided by facelift threads or Korean threads are:
• Hiding wrinkles around the eyes.
• Lifting the cheeks.
• Firming up the neck.
• Lifting the eyebrows.
• Improving a double chin.
• Touching up the wrinkles around the mouth.
• Firming up the contours of the face.
• Smoothing away forehead lines.
• Giving our face symmetry.
Treatment with facelift threads or Korean threads is a type of skin tightening based on implanting a network of micro-threads. This network acts as a support for the tissues and causes an instantaneous firming effect and favours the natural production of collagen.
It is a painless treatment. No stitches or incisions are required.
Korean threads are technically easier to place. Both procedures can be performed in the consulting room under local anaesthetic, without hospitalisation. Patients can leave with an immediate result and without any marks.
Comparing to a face lift, though, it is not so powerful and does not last so much. We will explain you during the consultation the advantages and drawbacks of each.
The effects can be seen immediately, and they reach their full intensity about 2-3 months after treatment. These treatments can last for up to 18 months, but this depends on the patient’s particular characteristics and their skin type.
Korean threads will be used for moderate to mild sagginess. As they do not require fixing they cannot support the same looseness as the lifting threads.
If there is moderate to severe sagginess facelift threads will be sufficient. Nevertheless, when there is a significant amount of sagginess, and the wrinkles are already very noticeable, a surgical facelift will be the best option.
Thread treatments are compatible with other types of treatments such as mesotherapy, platelet rich plasma infiltration, laser or botulinum toxins.
She started in the field of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in 1999, creating the Aesthetic Medicine group of Antiaging Group Barcelona in 2004, and responsible for the Laser area since 2006.
She is currently professor of the Master of Aesthetic and Wellness Medicine at IFMiL (Institut de Formació Mèdica i Lideratge), with the collaboration of the University of Barcelona and the COMB (Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Barcelona).
She participates in different lines of research and scientific publications.
Threads can solve 3 main problems: flaccidity, volume and facial architectural support.
They improve flaccidity by their mechanical effect of tightening the tissues where they are implanted, hence their lifting effect, although the result is never like a facelift.
Improves the volume because it repositions the facial fat compartments especially superficial fat compartments of the cheeks and jaw area.
It improves support because it creates a mesh with collagen formation around it that makes the dermis thicker and the facial ligamentous support points stronger. This is very noticeable especially in a type of threads that are coated with hyaluronic acid as it gives more pulposity to the skin and loses the cracked appearance.
The treatment in the office lasts approximately 40-120 minutes depending on the areas to be treated and the threads to be used.
There will be some swelling for a few days but you can already see the beginning of the effect that will be maximum between one month and 6 months and then maintained for another 6-12 months thanks to the collagen that has been produced.
All treatments have their advantages and disadvantages, so each treatment proposal must be personalized according to the quality of the skin, the age, the areas to be improved and the effect we want to achieve. We cannot think of this treatment, and in fact none of them, as the solution to everything. Treatments must be combined to improve all layers. It is like a house that must have a sturdy foundation, an attractive facade and a comfortable interior, so must be our appearance. The advantage of the threads is that we can not have any effect of intravascular dissemination as can occur with fillers, nor the formation of granulomas. We can put threads in different areas and improve with only one session the look more clear, the cheeks more round, the area around the mouth more cheerful and the neck more tense.
It must be combined with other treatments. For example, when treating the eyebrows botulinum toxin must have been used before, when treating the cheeks it is important to see the quality of the skin to see if it is necessary to use the threads with hyaluronic acid, if we want to improve the periorbuccal area, the profiling of the lip filling of the mucosa and the corners of the mouth gives an excellent result. It is necessary to plan the timing of when to do the treatments so that the final result is better than desired because a stained face, no matter how tight it looks, is an insufficient result.