Have you ever wondered if there was a way to have a facelift without getting surgery?
If you have, you are probably familiar with the term ‘facial threads’ or ‘facial thread lift’.
This blog will increase your understanding of this cosmetic procedure and give you five fascinating facts about facial threads compiled by Enamel Clinic’s Dr Sheryl Smithies.
What is a Facial Thread Lift, by the way?
A facial thread lift is an aesthetic procedure that offers a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery.
A trained medical or dental practitioner carefully inserts and attaches medical-grade material to your face during the procedure, enabling them to ‘pull’ your skin up by tightening the thread(s).
According to a Healthline.com article on thread lifts, this procedure has been around since the 1990s. Since then, it has evolved, including better and more effective materials to help people keep the signs of ageing at bay.
Below are a few ways this non-surgical anti-ageing treatment can enhance your life:
- It smoothes forehead wrinkles
- The treatment restores volume to sagging cheeks
- A facial thread lift smoothes lines around the mouth and nose
- It helps thin lips
Curious to learn more about the benefits and advantages of facial threads? Click here to discover how facial threads work.
5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Facial Thread Lifts
Over the years, Dr Smithies has noted that many people are not aware of the following five fascinating facts about facial threads :
1) Threads are a resorbable material similar to sutures used in surgery.
Resorbable materials dissolve and get assimilated by your body’s tissues.
Depending on the brand, threads can take up to 2 years to resorb. Your body will build natural collagen along the threads during this time.
2) Some threads like the Aptos brand have hyaluronic acid embedded in the thread(s).
Aptos’ threads contain hyaluronic acid, a substance your body naturally produces known for various health and cosmetic benefits.
Thanks to their formulation Aptos facial threads help moisturise and condition the skin as a secondary effect. This effect is such a great feature as you can visibly see the skin get conditioned a few days after the threads are placed.
3) Your face will swell, be puffy and maybe a bit distorted after your treatment.
The swelling, puffiness and distortion are a normal part of the procedure. You can hide behind your mask for a few days or choose to stay at home for a while.
Fortunately, the long-lasting and aesthetic benefits outweigh the short-term inconvenience of these reactions.
4) Bruising can be expected.
To minimise the risk of bruising, discuss any medications you may be taking, especially blood thinners, with your aesthetic doctor.
Another pro tip from Dr Smithies is to stop taking supplements that cause bleeding like Turmeric or Omega 3’s.
5) Facial Thread lifts can be done every two years.
To maximise your anti-ageing lift potential, we recommend that you schedule this procedure in this time frame.
Need a virtual assessment of your case? Book a virtual consultation with Dr Smithies today.
Where in Cape Town Can You Get a Life-Changing Facial Thread Lift?
Enamel Clinic of course!
Dr Sheryl Smithies and the Facial Aesthetics team are here to assess your areas of concern and advise on the best thread lift method for your case.