Insertion of needles
Lifted, shape face
Swelling and redness, possible bruising and skin folds
30 – 60 minutes
As we age, we inevitably start to lose skin elasticity, especially around the cheeks, eyes and neck. This results in a sagging and drooping visage. Thread lifting is a technique targeted at tackling sagging skin by providing immediate lifting as well as stimulating collagen production that helps restore firmness on your face over a period of time.
A safe alternative to a surgical facelift, thread lifts cost less and have less downtime, which is why they are a popular “lunchtime” or “weekend lifting” treatments in Singapore. Thread lifts are a minimally invasive procedure that can last for approximately 1 to 2 years and can be used to lift the face, nose and brow as well as rejuvenate the skin.
Dr Elias Tam first started with thread lift more than ten years ago in Singapore, learning under Dr Pierre Fornier, the father of thread lift and syringe liposuction. At that time, the procedure was done using the standard non-absorbable thread.
Over the years, there have been many developments. Barbs were first added to improve the tissue traction and lifting in an Aptos thread. To remove the problems of having a permanent thread, Happy Lift was created with threads that can be reabsorbed. To improve traction, the barbs were replaced with cones, as seen in Silhouette Thread and Silhouette Soft.
Various materials including Gold and elastic thread were created over the years.
Besides lifting, the threads stimulate collagen production. This stimulation has resulted in a technique popularised by the Korean market where short threads are used to shape a face.
The nose thread lift procedure is a very popular procedure in Korea and Japan. The nose threads act as scaffolding, which helps to contour, define, sharpen, lift and shape the nose as desired. The threads used for the nose thread lift procedure are called PDO (polydixanone) threads. The body naturally absorbs the PDO threads over time and as they dissolve, they create new collagen and tissue fibroblasts in the skin, resulting in tightening which enhances the definition and contour of the nose.
For the nose thread lift treatment, we now offer PDO, PLLA and PCL threads, which can last longer, around 18 and 24 months respectively. PLLA is also stiffer and will expand slightly with time, which gives a stronger and thicker definition.
The treatment area is cleansed, Numbing cream is applied.
Local anaesthesia is injected in all determined points. Threads are inserted using a fine needle under aseptic technique without any incisions.
Threads are held in place by the reabsorbable bidirectional cones. Pressure is applied to compress and reshape the tissues to obtain the desired lifting effect.
Treatment time is typically 30 – 60 minutes.
Mild swelling, redness and soreness and brusing may be expected at the end of the treatment.
The readjustment of soft tissues results in an instant lifting effect of the skin.
Collagen is also stimulated in the deep layers of the skin as the threads reabsorb in the subsequent months, replacing the depleted volume in saggy areas.
This brings about a smoothening effect of the skin and an improvement to the contours of the face.
Depending on the severity of the signs of ageing, individual results may vary.
The results of the nose thread lift can last between 1 to 2 years. Repeat treatment in 6 to 12 months is recommended for consistent results.
The price for the thread lift treatments will differ according to the number and type of threads used.