- The threads became absorbable, making them safer
- Silhouette InstaLift® threads became Health Canada approved
- Silhouette InstaLift® threads have high satisfaction rates
- Bi-directional, cone sutures made thread lifts more effective
- The procedure is minimally invasive and quick to heal from
- Thread lifts are only as good as the doctor performing the procedure
Thread lifts, also known as “Korean thread lifts,” or “thread embedding acupuncture” have been around for years. But lately, they’ve become especially popular – at least in Vancouver. Why is that?
Below are reasons to explain the popularity of thread lifting facelifts in Vancouver.
The threads became absorbable, making them safer
When the thread lift procedure first made a hit on the medical aesthetics market in the 1990s, one way to do it was with non-absorbable sutures made of polypropylene.
Once facelift threads go in the skin, they are there for good.
Well, technically they can be removed with medical intervention.
But with the availability of absorbable threads, patients could rest assured they would dissolve in due time.
Absorbability was especially important if one didn’t like the results. Or, if complications, like dimples or nodules occurred. Even worse: if the threads popped out of the skin.
Of course, the procedure would not be worth it if the threads absorbed too quickly. So, long-lasting materials were developed. They can still tighten the skin for a good amount of time, without being permanent.
Absorbable threads can be made of materials like polycaprolactone (PCA), poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) or polydioxanone (PDO).
Silhouette InstaLift® threads became Health Canada approved
Thread lifting took a turn on its head since the release of Health Canada approved Silhouette InstaLift® threads. At least at our clinic.
While medical aesthetic clinics had absorbable threads of various kinds to perform a thread lift facelift, none were Health Canada approved. During this period, the procedure could be done safely as an off-label treatment, if performed by a doctor.
When the Silhouette InstaLift® brand had their bi-directional, barbed PLLA sutures approved by Health Canada for performing aesthetic procedures, it was a breakthrough.
They were able to prove, through government backing (and not just scientific review), that the threads worked and were safe.
This likely gave more patients confidence to undergo the procedure.
Silhouette InstaLift® threads have high satisfaction rates
At just 1 week post treatment, when patients were asked about their experience with Silhouette InstaLift® threads:*
- 79% were satisfied with the results
- 82% would recommend InstaLift to others
- 96% found InstaLift to be tolerable
At 3 months post treatment:
- 83% found InstaLift to be effective in improving age-related change
At 24 months post-procedure:
- 68% saw results immediately
- 71% were satisfied with the results
- 71% found it to be an effective treatment at improving age-related volume loss
Naturally, this would result in more word-of-mouth conversation about the procedure.
Bi-directional, cone sutures made thread lifts more effective
As noted above, the Silhouette InstaLift® thread lift uses a bi-directional, barbed suture. It has cones attached to it (i.e. the ‘barbs’). The nature of this type of suture means a couple things:
- It is more effective at ‘staying put’ when inserted under the skin, to give it a ‘pull.’
- The body is forced to form its own collagen around the sutures, resulting in more age-fighting goodness.
With the above two factors combined, the procedure can last up to two years.
First, the threads themselves dissolve within about 12 months. Thereafter, the collagen boost sticks around until the effects fade off.
On this note we should mention that there are other types of ‘fancy’ threads on the market. These include spiral threads, screw threads, and wave threads. They each have their own benefits and characteristics.
The procedure is minimally invasive and quick to heal from
When compared to traditional face lifts, almost anything non-surgical is preferable. Surgery requires several weeks of healing – and that’s IF there are no complications in the process.
Afterwards, the results are permanent – unless one wants to undergo more surgery.
But with solutions like an absorbable thread lift, there is no knife cutting. A doctor uses a needle to insert the sutures. They are then threaded through the skin from a small opening. They’re given a tug, and the doctor shapes the face as desired.
The healing can take about a week. But the results last long enough to make it worthwhile.
Thread lifts are only as good as the doctor performing the procedure
Although thread lifts have become more popular lately, that doesn’t mean you should jump to get one. First, do your research on the procedure. More importantly, do research on the doctor you choose to perform your threadlift. That can make a world of a difference.
Experienced doctors have the know-how to avoid common complications that can arise from medical aesthetic procedures. They’ll also be able to tell you if they think the procedure is right for you. It may just be that another solution would fit your case, for the results you want to achieve.
But, if a thread lift is the choice for you, you can rest assured knowing the materials used have been perfected over the years. You’ll likely see more effectiveness, and longer lasting results than thread lifts done in the past.
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