The Thread Lift: The Most Trending Treatment
You may not have heard yet, but thread lifts are amongst some of the most sought after aesthetic treatments in the world right now. As a result, online searches for thread lifts are growing month by month. With aesthetic bibles such as Tatler deeming the procedure as the ‘lifeline’ for facial sagging, it’s no wonder everyone’s desperate to book their appointment.
Whether you know or don’t know why thread lifts are the ultimate aesthetic hack, it’s worth reading below to understand where the facelift originated from and how it can change your life for the better.
The History of Facial Lifting
Can you believe facelifts have been around for over one hundred years! Dr Erich Lexer developed his method in 1916 when he lifted the skin above the facial muscles, pulled it back over the years, then cut off any excess skin. His method continued to be used for over sixty years. However, his methods often resulted in the stereotypically tight, stretched skin associated with thread lifts. This look resulted from facial skin being pulled too tightly across the earlobe and the tissue underneath not being addressed – this is the root cause of facial sagging.
It wasn’t until the seventies when Dr Paul Tessier tweaked the former method in order to address the superficial muscular aponeurotic system. Tessier’s approach focussed on repositioning soft, sagging tissue under the skin to the original higher and youthful position before removing the excess skin, resulting in a significant lifting of the jowls, cheeks and nasolabial folds! His method is still widely used today and is known as the SMAS facelift.
So with the birth of the surgical facelift brings on the discovery and want for its non-surgical counterpart… the thread lift.
Thread lifts vs Surgical Facelifts
The thread lift adapts the innovative technique of working beneath the skin to lift the underlying tissue and address facial sagging; however, the thread lift is far less invasive and is an excellent option for those not wanting to go under the knife.
The thread lift does not involve the removal of any skin, resulting in no downtime to the treatment compared to a surgical facelift. You can return to your normal activities hours after the procedure compared to two weeks for the facelift! You also would be avoiding any complications associated with going under the knife, and you would not have to go under general anaesthesia, meaning you would be awake (but not in pain) throughout the procedure).
The procedure involves medical-grade threads being inserted into the face by a cannula, enabling them to address the deeper layers of tissue beneath the skin. This technique enables more effective and longer-lasting results without cutting into the skin, reducing the risk of unsightly scarring from surgery. The threads are inserted into the subcutaneous layers of fat in the face painlessly, allowing them to be pulled tightly upwards to lift the fat layer, resulting in a subtle lift. Like the SMAS, this treatment lifts the jowls, cheeks and nasolabial folds. A further key benefit to the thread lift is the production of collagen. The use of a cannula stimulates the body’s natural healing process. By elevating the amount of collagen within the skin, the body can repair the dermis and epidermis, creating a youthful, firm complexion.
Why are thread lifts so popular right now?
Recent years have seen a rise in celebrities choosing to undergo this procedure to attain the lifted, tight appearance, which is on-trend and commonly referred to as ‘fox eye lift.’ This look is commonly associated with celebrities such as Kendal Jenner, Bella Hadid and Maddison Beer – three of the most commonly voted beautiful women in the world, and they all have the thread lift in common. Viral Tiktok trends often depict people striving to achieve the lifted fox eye look through makeup tips and tricks; however, whilst they can achieve the look to an extent, they cannot fully capture the tight, lifted and rejuvenated skin that is obtained through the thread lift.
In addition, more and more people realise that the results of surgical facelifts are not always permanent. Regardless of how much money you spend on surgery, many find their skin sagging after undergoing this treatment, taking their chances with many risks and complications.
While the procedure amongst thread lifts remains the same, it is essential to research the type of threads used in the process as variations occur. Unlike most threads, our MINT Super thread lift uses a unique medical-grade thread that is FDA approved. These threads are lined with a helical pattern of small, arrowhead-shaped barbs. The barbs increase the surface area of the thread and enable it to attach to a larger proportion of subdermal fat. Consequently, these threads are much stronger and can achieve a more mechanical lifted result.
The barbs do not degrade as quickly as other PDO threads, giving them a better chance at lifting the skin for a much more extended period; results can be seen for longer than three years! In addition, the MINT threads are highly durable and do not damage any of the surrounding areas on the face. Once inserted, the threads stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, producing new collagen and elastin.
At Aesthetics of Liverpool, we pride ourselves on offering the latest revolutionary thread lifts to our clients. Each with its own unique specialisms to ensure you can achieve your desired results, targeting your specific needs. Please find out more about our thread lifts on our website.
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If you are interested in hearing more about our MINT thread lifts and whether this is the answer to curing your insecurities. Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today at Aesthetics of Liverpool so that you can book in for your consultation for the most popular procedure right now!