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Looking for a way to regain a youthful appearance without going under the knife? A thread lift might be the perfect solution for you. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure is gaining popularity for its ability to subtly lift and tighten sagging skin.

Read on as Daily Vanity shares everything you need to know about the procedure, including where to get it in Singapore.

What Is a Thread Lift?

Thread lifts have been around since the 1990s. Still, innovations in the material used, as well as a higher interest in trying out less invasive facelift procedures among beauty-seekers, have led to an increase in popularity worldwide in recent years.

Currently, there are three types of materials used in the procedure:

  • Polydioxanone (PDO): The first to be used in the world for this procedure, and offers results that last for six to 12 months;
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA): Releases lactic acid to the treatment area and stimulates the production of collagen; and
  • Polycaprolactone (PCL): The latest type of material that’s stronger and longer-lasting.

These sutures gently lift and reposition sagging tissues, resulting in a more sculpted and defined jawline, smoother cheeks, and reduced jowls. PDO threads also stimulate collagen production over time, further enhancing the lifting effect.

How Does a Thread Lift Work?

Also called a barbed suture lift, it aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face using temporary, medical-grade thread material to “pull up” your skin so that it’s drawn taut.

Apart from offering a lifted effect, the procedure also triggers the body’s natural healing response.

This happens because your body detects a foreign suture material and stimulates collagen production in the treatment area even though you’re technically not injured by the threads under your skin.

The collagen can then fill gaps in sagging skin while restoring elasticity and youthfulness to your mien.

What Are the Different Types of Thread Lifts Available in Singapore?

In Singapore, you will come across three types of thread lifts, categorised according to the thread material used.

  • Mono threads: Smooth threads without barbs that are inserted in a mesh-like form to cause skin tightening;
  • Tornado/screw threads: Shaped like a tornado with two threads intertwined; and
  • Cog threads: Mono threads with barbs that hook to the skin to create a lift.

Which Parts of the Face Can It Be Performed and How Soon Can Results Be Seen?

areas of the face for thread lift photo source joeyy lee unsplash

Source: Joeyy Lee/Unsplash

You can consider facial thread lifts for areas that tend to look less tight over time. This includes:

  • the cheeks
  • forehead
  • eyebrows
  • under the eye
  • nose
  • jawline
  • neck

Because of how it works, it can sometimes be performed on breasts to address sagginess too, especially after pregnancy and weight loss.

Additionally, the results typically become visible as soon as the treated area heals, which typically occurs within approximately three days. However, it’s important to note that for certain individuals, this process may take a bit longer, and such variations are completely normal.

If you have any uncertainties or questions regarding your procedure, don’t hesitate to communicate with your physician for clarification.

How Much Does It Cost in Singapore?

A procedure in Singapore can cost anywhere between S$1,000 and S$8,000, depending on the brand, type, and the number of threads used as well as your doctor’s experience in performing thread lifts.

Where To Get a Face Thread Lift in Singapore?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There Any Downtime Involved?

Although it is a non-surgical procedure, it is still minimally invasive but recovery is quite minimal.

You can expect mild bruising and swelling that usually takes one to three days to fully subside but while there may be some visible swelling and bruising, you can resume normal activity right away if you’d like.

The only things you should avoid to prevent possible misalignment of the threads are dental treatments and rigorous physical activities.

Sleeping on your back is recommended as this avoids putting pressure on the face and helps the swelling to subside more quickly.

If possible, try to avoid wearing makeup for the first few days too so that you won’t aggravate or irritate open wounds on the face.

Are They Painful?

Some have reported slight discomfort during and right after the treatment, but prior to the procedure, your aesthetic doctor will apply local anaesthesia on the targeted area to help lessen the pain.

Who Is Suitable for a Thread Lift?

If you’re in your late 30s to early 50s with generally good health, then you’re a good candidate for it.

Those who are just starting to notice the signs of ageing may stand to benefit the most from the subtle impact of the procedure too.

Additionally, those who can’t have a surgical facelift due to certain medical conditions that make general anaesthesia risky can also consider a thread lift as a safer alternative.

Dermal Fillers vs Thread Lifts: Which Is Better?

dermal fillers vs thread lift

It isn’t a question of which is better per se, but more of what your individual goal is.

If you want the effects of your treatment to last longer, thread lifts will be able to fulfil that as the effects last for at least 12 months compared to dermal fillers which have a lifespan of around six to nine months.

With a shorter lifespan, that means you need more regular maintenance sessions in order to upkeep the results of dermal fillers. In this scenario, a thread lift might be more suitable.

If you’re just looking to contour or add volume only to specific areas of your face, dermal fillers may be more effective compared to a thread lift which tightens and lifts the entire face to create a more youthful appearance.

That said, you need to acknowledge that thread lifts are more invasive than dermal fillers and pain thresholds tend to vary from person to person, so it’s important that you’re prepared to tolerate a little more discomfort during a thread lift procedure.

Can You Do Dermal Fillers and Thread Lifts at the Same Time?

Both actually complement each other well, but it’s advisable to get a thread lift first instead of doing both in one sitting.

After the swelling has resolved, you can then go back to address any volume issues later with fillers.

Feature image credit: The Clifford Clinic