Thread Lift Trends For 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly caused the beauty industry to suffer, both financially and professionally. With that being said, many aesthetic clinics such as Me Clinic have quickly rebounded, witnessing an immense increase of inquiries for cosmetic treatments, particularly thread lifts.

Thread lifts are amongst the most popular sought out cosmetic procedures both in Australia and around the globe. They are preferred by both patients and practitioners due to their minimally invasive nature and, like injectable treatments, they can be performed in the comfort of a doctor’s consultation room.

What are thread lifts?

A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that uses a dissolvable thread (suture) to lift and tighten your skin. Otherwise known as the ‘lunch-time facelift’, this procedure has gained significant prominence and popularity due to its minimally invasive nature.

What to expect?

Unlike a traditional surgical facelift, a thread lift is performed in-office without the need to go under the knife. In total, and depending on your desired aesthetic goals, the procedure can take as little as 45 minutes and produce exceptional, immediate results.

A thread lift can often be used in combination with or without a collagen stimulator or dermal fillers. To understand whether this procedure is right for you, we recommend you arrange a consultation with one of our doctors who will address any uncertainties you may have.

How does a thread lift work?

A thread lift works in two ways. Firstly, your doctor or cosmetic specialist will thread thin, medical-grade sutures under your skin. These threads will then attach to various tissues using small ‘cones’ or ‘barbs’ and allow for the thread to be pulled back thereby tightening your skin.

The second way this procedure works is by stimulating your body’s healing response. Once the thread is inserted, your body detects ‘damage’, even though you are not injured. Once the ‘damage’ is detected, your body will start to produce collagen – a natural element found in the body that helps the body heal.

The collagen will build up over time, filling in the gaps in your skin and restoring natural, youthful elasticity to your face.

Which type of threads are used?

There are currently many types of threads on the market. There are threads that ‘lift’ and threads that ‘don’t lift’. There are threads with results that only last a few months, and there are threads with results lasting more than 2 years.

At the Me Clinic, our expert doctor prefers to use threads that ‘lift’ and with results lasting more than 2 years. The duration of your cosmetic result may depend on your age, metabolism and skin quality.

There are three main types of thread used during a thread lift procedure; polydioxanone (PDO), polylactic acid (PLLA), and polycaprolactone (PCA). The choice of thread used will depend on your individual characteristics.

However, manufacturers of PDO threads have stated that PDO threads will only last 6 months to a year, whereas the results of PCA and PLLA threads can last more than 2 years.

Continuous development in both technology and medicine requires our aesthetic specialists to keep up with advances and trends to provide patients with the best possible result. Dr Gordon Ku, a well-known national expert and lead trainer in thread lifting, uses a combination of knowledge, good technical skills and experience to ensure his patients are treated with the most advanced non-surgical procedures such as the Silhouette Soft Thread Lift.

How much does a Thread Lift cost?

The total cost of your thread lift procedure will vary depending on the extent of your skin sagging, desired outcomes, the number of treatment sites, and the type of threads used.

A consultation with our doctor is recommended for a full assessment and breakdown of the total cost of your procedure.

As thread lift is purely a cosmetic procedure, it generally does not qualify for Medicare rebates.

To obtain an assessment and quote with our doctor, please use the links provided.

When will I recover?

One of the reasons that the thread lift procedure has become so popular, is that the recovery following a non-surgical thread lift procedure is minimal. Most patients may experience some bruising and swelling around the treatment site, but this will generally diminish over a few days.

Patients can often return to work or carry out their regular daily activities almost immediately. Your doctor may recommend that you avoid facial massaging, using facial moisturiser, and sleeping on your side for the first few weeks until bruising and swelling subsides.

The growth of thread lifts

Contrary to popular belief, thread lifting isn’t necessarily a new concept. In fact, the first thread lift procedure dates back to the mid-90s. However, back in the 90s, the technology wasn’t available to allow us to tailor thread lifts to their intended use, and as a result, many complications were seen such as asymmetry, pleating, and even the threads poking out through the skin.

The improvement of technology along with many medical and cosmetic innovations, has changed the way we view aesthetic procedures.

These advancements in medical technology have allowed cosmetic practitioners to perform less invasive facelift procedures with less recovery times and a lower risk of complications. This thread lift treatment produces very little to no scarring and can be performed as a walk-in walk-out procedure during lunchtime.

Why are thread lifts popular?

More and more people are opting for minimally invasive procedures that produce a natural look, as opposed to the “plastic look” currently obtained through surgical facelift.

Non-surgical thread lifting is also popularised by its ability to produce a more natural looking rejuvenated result without the long recovery times.

Thread Lift Trends for 2022

The trend for patients to seek facial rejuvenation by means of a less invasive technique has dramatically increased over the past 3 decades.

In 2020, the aesthetic trends market was valued at $112.2 million USD and is projected to increase to $166.69 million USD by 2026. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought several adverse impacts to the Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) industry, but a behavioural shift towards reliable and safe products is being witnessed, and it is accelerating the need for newer and more innovative minimally invasive rejuvenating treatments.

People have begun confronting the reality of what they look like as they compare themselves with others while scrolling through various online meeting platforms. Workers are desperate to look good on video conference sites, such as Zoom or Teams, and they have approached plastic surgeons with the hope of finding a treatment that not only enhances their appearance but allows them to quickly return to work.

Ageing, in the form of sagging jowls, loss of facial volume, and wrinkle formation, takes its toll. With new and more efficient techniques to accentuate the youthfulness of many, the cosmetic thread industry is constantly improving and innovating. The continuous advances in cosmetic surgery have driven market growth.

Although as of 2022 only a handful of cosmetic surgeons are trained in these techniques, Dr Gordon Ku at the Me Clinic is the national lead trainer in thread lifting. He has trained many doctors and plastic surgeons in the techniques of thread lifting. Hence, the Me Clinic has been a market leader in Thread Lifts, helping patients to revitalise their look quickly and with less downtime, compared to a surgical facelift.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to the most frequently asked questions you may have regarding the thread lift procedure.  If you still have questions, we’d encourage you to reach out to Me Clinic and arrange a consultation to discuss with our cosmetic surgeons.

How painful is a thread lift?

Local anaesthesia is injected before the insertion of threads.  So there is no pain when the threads are being placed into the skin during the procedure. However, some stinging sensation may be felt during the injection of local anaesthesia.

Is a thread lift better than fillers?

Threads work differently to fillers in that threads can reposition the sagging skin, last longer and appear more natural. Some people may opt for combining threads with a filler or a collagen stimulator to produce their desired aesthetic goal.

Is a thread facelift worth it?

That will depend on the extent of skin sagging and skin quality.

A Thread lift is a procedure to treat the sagging skin without the need for invasive surgery. Thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications such as bleeding and infection when performed by a trained professional.

The best next step forward is to book a consultation with our doctor to assess your skin and your suitability for a non-surgical thread lift.

Are thread lifts better than cosmetic surgery facelift?

Thread lifts are less expensive and take less of a toll on your skin than surgery. However, if you are looking for more permanent results, then a surgical facelift may be a better option.

Which thread lift is best for me?

The type of thread used for your thread lift procedure depends entirely on the look you are wanting to achieve and the current complexion of your skin. For more detailed information, we recommend you book a consultation with one of our cosmetic specialists.

How long do thread lifts last?

Given that you take good care of your skin following your treatment, a thread lift, depending on the type of threads used, can last for up to 1-3 years. Surgical facelifts, on the other hand, can last for 7-10 years.

How qualified is the doctor performing my thread lift?

Dr. Gordon Ku is a Board-Certified cosmetic doctor and is Australia’s leading expert and trainer on non-surgical thread lifting.

Dr. Ku is a Fellow and trainer for the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery & Medicine (ACCSM), a Fellow and speaker of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), a Fellow and Trainer for the Institute of Medical Aesthetics in Dubai, and a faculty trainer of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM).

He regularly trains doctors and surgeons in non-surgical thread lifting and facial anatomy.

He is also the first Australian doctor to demonstrate thread lifting live-on-stage at a large-scale international conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Book a consultation with Dr Gordon Ku now.

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