V Lift Threads at Kentrum Clinic
As we age our facial support structure weakens, we lose facial fat, and the connective tissue in the skin becomes thinner. The affected areas generally include cheeks, jowls, neck, eyebrows and other areas around the eyes. This results in a longer, older-looking face. The elastic fibres in the skin undergo a type of “breakdown”. The face thus loses some of its elasticity. The lack of elasticity brings with it the departure of certain face-shaping supports. The face begins to “sag” and “wrinkle”. Younger people may experience cheek and brow ptosis (sagging, caused by weakened muscles) as well.
For these people especially, a thread lift may be a good alternative to the more invasive procedures necessary to correct problems by facial aging. It is, perhaps, considered as a lesser or preliminary procedure compared to many other cosmetic surgeries, like the face lift. Thread lifts cost less and require less downtime for many people. Some surgeons promote the thread lift as a “lunchtime lift” or “weekend facelift”.
Treated Areas and Conditions
These are the areas or conditions that V Lift Threads can help you achieve smoother and younger looking skin:
- Small and medium flaccidity on face and neck
- Abdomen sad navel
- Inner side of arms
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The PDO Thread Lift is a treatment which lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO). The threads introduces them into the deeper layers of the skin.
Once introduced, the threads produce 3 effects in the skin:
- Instant skin lifting through mechanical effects
- Cellular renewal, through collagen stimulation, and neovascularization to improve skin texture, fine lines, and elasticity
- Skin tightening, by contracting fat tissue
About 6 months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis (they are absorbable).
The lifted facial contours will remain for about 3 to 6 months after the threads have been removed, making it a total of 9 months due to the cellular rejuvenation effects.
After numbing and infusion of local anesthesia, the PDO threads are inserted via sharp or blunt tip needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off.
Depending on the areas treated, the procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Ideal candidates for thread lifts include people with minimal signs of ageing who need just a small lift. Usually, these are women between 35 and 45. The threads are the most suitable because these patients have begun to see more prominence of the jaw, a relaxed (or minimally sagging) mid-facial appearance or slight bags under the eyes or on the neck. Other thread lift candidates include those who have had some relapse from a previous procedure such as a facelift or neck lift.
Patients who have excessively sagging skin at an advanced age will show a very limited improvement. Patients who are obese, or have very heavy, rugged skin too will show no improvement. All other contraindications of implants, etc. also hold good here, like multiple skin allergic reactions or infections, dandruff, hair lice, immunologically compromising diseases like cancer/HIV etc., systemic diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, etc.
There are important instructions that the patient must follow in order to achieve the best results. If a treatment is applied to the face, the patient is advised to sleep on their back for a week. Swelling and bruising can also be prevented by ice packs. Movements are strictly restricted by taping the face, especially the area that has been operated. This is best advised for about a week.
This treatment is surprisingly safe. Because PDO threads are inserted via needles, not surgery, and are absorbed in 6 to 8 months, many of the side effects associated with older thread lifting procedures, such as infection and thread breakage are also minimized. Depending on the types of threads used and areas treated, bruising may or may not occur. Some side effects are related to the technique of insertion and the types of threads used. These include surface depressions, thread migration and even extrusion, facial asymmetry, prolonged pain, and prolonged dimpling. At Kentrum Clinic, we have extensive training in Thread Lifting and perfected our techniques, so patients don’t go through most of these uncomfortable side effects.
Some thread lift patients with thin skin have reported that the sutures became visible under the skin shortly after the procedure. Rippling can also persist for an extended period. Our specialized doctors are very aware of this problem, and have always been careful while inserting the thread so as to keep it at the optimum depth.