COULD JJ thread-lifting be the easiest answer yet to keep you looking your best more naturally? Dr Donald Ng, of Alaxis Aesthetics clinic  explains the procedure.

JJ Thread lifting is  a procedure that works to tackle sags and folds. The procedure is becoming more popular than ever before as demand grows for skin care where less is more.

Hailed as a solution for both women and men that side-steps the commitment and healing time required for a face lift, invisible fine threads placed in the skin can get to places on faces other procedures cannot reach.

“Before even booking an appointment, get to grips with what the treatments involve. That will give you confidence and put you in a much stronger position to judge whether what you are offered is what you are looking for,”Dr Donald Ng explains, warning “Don’t be misled by the term either.

Thread lifting is a procedure that works to tackle sags and folds

“Thread-lifting has become a catch-all that actually covers several different procedures and even on occasion combinations.”

“However one type of thread definitely does not suit all, so being able to decide what is the right one for you with the right doctor is vital.”

A successful outcome and investment well spent, Dr Donald Ng in his consultation will advise will listen to your concerns about ageing and your their expectations”.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Knowing what result you want will help guide you as to what thread-lifting procedure is best.

Do you want skin rejuvenation to look fresher or skin lifting to remove noticeable lines and folds?

THREAD-LIFTING – WHAT’S INVOLVED

There are three different procedures known generally as: surgical thread lifting, non-surgical threat lifting and beauty threads.

While all treatments are used mainly for the face, they can sometimes be applied on the neck, cleavage and even body areas too.

All three procedures will stimulate the production of collagen (the protein that gives our skin its youthful appearance), restoring firmness.

This means beauty threads, which do not lift, can result in a subtle increase in firmness in patients aged 30 to 40, the result of the skin’s condition improving.

It has been hailed as a solution for both women and men

All types of threads will tighten the surrounding tissues and increase blood supply which in turn can lead to healthier, firmer skin.

It’s essential whoever treats you is properly qualified and has thread- lifting experience. Ask to speak to other patients and see verifiable testimonials.

Watch out too for some practitioners, unable to offer surgical and non-surgical options, who may suggest beauty threads instead for want of anything else. Remember this does not mean this is the correct course for you.

“A thorough consultation is essential,” says Dr Donald Ng. “The right ones take account of a client’s biological age, but even more relevant is their ageing profile, taking account of factors such as diet and previous illnesses.

“Each thread-lifting procedure can be applied individually, and sometimes a combination is the right course. They can also be used with other techniques such as fillers.

Invisible fine threads placed in the skin can get to places on faces other procedures can’t reach

WHICH TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

SURGICAL THREAD-LIFTING

To be completed by a cosmetic surgeon or an aesthetic doctor.

Surgical thread-lifting can be compared to a face lift and procedures fall into two categories.

FREE FLOATING THREADS are inserted beneath the skin under a local anaesthetic and pulled into place, creating a lift that usually lasts between one to two years.

FIXED THREADS, attached to the skin’s underlying structures, are capable of delivering a more radical, face-lift type result and are often combined with excess skin removal for best results. These last from two to four years.

Recovery, for any swelling or bruising to go down, takes from 7 to 14 days, so if you do go ahead build in a week off.

NON-SURGICAL THREAD-LIFTING

Non-surgical threads are the middle way. The discreet and subtle option best suited for 35 to 55-year-olds, they rev up collagen production, are less radical than the surgical option, but do have lifting benefits significant enough to make a noticeable difference.

Again it is highly advisable the procedure is completed by a cosmetic surgeon, aesthetic doctor or qualified medical practitioner. Usually four to 16 threads are applied in a treatment, requiring a local anaesthetic, that can last from 20 minutes to an hour.

Expect mild to moderate swelling, but recovery time is on average one to two days.

“This is for patients who look in the mirror, pull up the skin on the sides of their face and say ‘I want to look like this’,” says Dr Donald Ng.

“They want some minimal to moderate lifting as well as some skin rejuvenation and vibrancy.”

The threads, which come in different lengths, are pulled up to create the lift and can be successfully combined with filler and other treatments.

The results last from 10 to 18 months, however the collagen boost goes on for longer and can be followed by top-ups

While all treatments are used mainly for the face they can be applied to other areas too

BEAUTY THREADS

This is the treatment becoming most widely available, and with the most potential for client confusion and disappointed expectations

However beauty threads do have benefits for younger skin and can make the most of other procedures.

Getting good advice beforehand about what is being used is crucial, most materials have a similar effect so don’t be bamboozled into thinking one type is superior to another.

Beware also any claims that these threads can drastically reduce fat.

Beauty threads work by prompting the skin into producing collagen.

Costs of course vary depending on the number of areas treated and the number of threads used

In younger skins this means they will prolong its youthful radiance, but they will not produce a lift in the conventional sense no matter what age the patient is. However because beauty threads create collagen, the skin does appear more firm and tighter. They also do boost the effectiveness of other procedures.

Beauty threads are shorter, typically five centimetres / two inches, and are placed in multiples, sometimes up to 100 in a session that will involve a local anaesthetic.

This takes about 10 to 30 minutes where a grid is built up. Bruising and swelling do occur depending on the number of threads used. The benefits can last up to year or 18 months.

But watch out: where multiple threads are used to stimulate collagen, there can come a point where the cost outweighs the effectiveness.