In 2015, Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines for endorsing what was then seen as a somewhat controversial facial cosmetic procedure: the ‘thread lift’.
Years later and with new groundbreaking technological advances behind it, the thread lift has become a viable and highly effective option for those looking to tighten up loose skin.
The thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure for the face, neck, or jowls in which threads, which have small graspers on them, are passed under the skin via a large needle.
While it might, at first, be a touch unnerving to think about needles and threads, if you take a closer look at the procedure it’s actually not as scary as it sounds.
There are four types of threads:
These include threads such as Silhouettes (Genop) and Anchor DX (Tasosol), used for lifting, tightening, and re-draping the skin. Think of it as a subtle facelift, but without going under the knife.
As they dissolve in the skin, the cones have a bio-stimulatory effect on the skin, producing long-term natural collagen production and gradual skin tightening benefits.
These threads last between 12 and 18 months before they dissolve, and the effects will last at least six to 12 months after that.
Anchor MAX is a newly developed long-lasting PDO and PCL thread which is produced without any heat treatment. These threads are nearly three times the strength of a regular anchor thread and they last nearly three times as long (between 12 and 18 months).
Barbed Threads last approximately three to six months (the threads dissolve), and the effects will last roughly three to six months after that. These threads are also used for lifting and tightening the skin in particular areas such as the jowls.
Anchor threads are much thicker and stronger than barbed threads, with more grip and lift than barbed threads.
These threads do not lift or tighten. Rather, they are used for strengthening the skin.
They target particular areas where the skin is thinning and weakening. They can also be used to stimulate circulation and collagen production in areas where the skin has started showing signs of ageing.
These threads can be used to target very specific areas of concern.
Broom Threads and Peako Threads are commonly used for ‘non-surgical nose jobs’.
Spring Threads, Screw Threads, and Spiral Threads are commonly inserted into areas where the skin needs strengthening, but the area is quite active in terms of movement, so a straight monofilament may not be the best choice.
Most importantly, remember that it is vital to choose the correct type of thread for the condition/concern you are trying to treat.
Using the wrong thread could do more harm than good.
The best way to approach a procedure like this is to sit down with a doctor and discuss your options.
If you need a referral, you can’t go wrong with the doctors at Skin Renewal.
They’ll talk you through everything that you need to know and will recommend a treatment that will ensure the best possible results.
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