A Guide to Pain-free Thread Lifts in Singapore

Thread lifts. A handful of concerns have surfaced lately about the painful application of this procedure that has been encountered by locals. I have received a lot of queries regarding thread lifts and after finding hardly any information available on the Internet about it in Singapore’s market, I opted to write one. The knowledge found in this article is based through the years of experience in my profession.

A large number of clinics in Singapore are now offering thread lifts, but the known facts are rare when it comes to the procedure involved and kind of apparatus used to administer them. Often times, patients who come to see me for consultation recall the agonizing experience they underwent. Some even had slight injuries.

Read on to learn more about thread lifts and how you can have a worry-free experience should you decide to try one. Also there is a very good source about non-invasive thread lifts on popular Singapore health portal called Ubiqi Health.

Why is there a need for face thread lifts?

As we get on with life, our skin gets battered with a lot of impurities. Unhealthy lifestyle, unprotected sun exposure, and air pollution among others are some of the causes of why our skin deteriorates as we age. Our skin also does not have the power to defy gravity, thus this powerful force brings about the drooping of our faces over time.

Did you know that our skin is composed of several layers?

The topmost part that covers our entire body is the epidermis. This is the part of the skin that is visible to the naked eye. It is made up of collagen and other iotas that make it elastic. It also presents the skin’s colour through the production of melanin. The second layer is called the dermis. This layer is made up of the sweat and oil glands. It is also the part that is responsible for feeling touch sensations. The third layer is called subcutaneous fat. This layer plays a critical role in attaching the upper part of the skin to the body’s muscles and bones. Succeeding this layer subsequently are muscles and the bone.

A trend most Singaporeans patronize for skin treatments are the likes of HIFU, Thermage, and Ultherapy. These are effective only at some point, but they fall short from the results warranted by a proper surgical facelift or thread lift.

A thread lift that is professionally administered is highly recommended for people who feel queasy about getting facial surgery to achieve a much younger looking skin.

Is there a possible way to get a pain-free face thread lift?

There is a possible way to get pain-free face thread lift! This may be achieved with the use of local anesthesia—when done in the right way. During my years of practice, I’ve never used general anaesthesia or any sedative on a thread lift procedure. Neither do I proceed with a treatment with the use of numbing cream.

A skilled dermatologist should be able to perform painless facial thread lifts with solely the use of local anaesthesia in the same way a dentist administers the same substance to a patient for simple dental procedures.

What are the kinds of facial thread lifts offered in Singapore?

You might have seen videos demonstrated by doctors on facial thread lifts. However, before these bring you down the rabbit hole of confusion, let me clarify things for you.

There are a variety of the kinds of thread lifts in Singapore. Most of them have lavish names that usually start or have an abundance of letter ‘V’ in them. In simple terms, threads exist in the following ways:

  1. Thick or thin
  2. Long or short
  3. Barbed or smooth
  4. Initiated by sharp needles, round trip cannulae, or blunt cannulae
  5. Composed of various substances like Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), Polydioxiane (PDO), or PCL

Be aware that videos showing seemingly countless needles being inserted by a professional or a beauty therapist with thin and tiny PDO threads into a client’s face is not generally consistent with reality that threads used for PDO are thin and tiny, and that there is a need to use too many needles for the face thread lift.

How do you tell if a thread lift is efficient?

You might be wondering why the threads used for the needles administered to achieve stronger face-lifts are the tiny ones. Should it not be the thicker ones that look sturdier?

Well, this is the tricky part. Longer and thicker threads require thorough knowledge on how it is applied. A practitioner must also be well experienced in performing this procedure, as the skin is very sensitive. Improper insertion of the threads may cause binding or lumpiness in the skin. If the threads are placed deeply without proper care, they may cause injury to the skin.

Smaller threads, on the other hand, do best in stimulating the skin’s collagen when put into use. They do not need to require much slathering of numbing cream and is very easy to maintain after treatment. Though smaller threads are not effective when it comes to a face that has extreme skin sagging.

In my case, I am confident in using thicker and longer threads for facial lifts. For these kinds of thread, it is vital that they are affixed securely that they may be able to achieve the precise lifting power. I only operate on patients by means of hooks and barbs paired with finer and tougher quality threads.

To know which type of thread doctors in Singapore use, always check if hooks and barbs are part of the procedure. If this is the case, you can be sure that they are using thick and long threads.

What should my facial thread lift material preference be?

Thread lift materials come in different choices:

  1. Polydioxane (PDO)
  2. Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA)
  3. Polycaprolactone (PCL)

Polydioxane or PDO has been in the aesthetic market for a long time. Because it is used widely in surgery, doctors are familiar with the contact between this substance and the skin.

The latest addition to threads used for facial lifts is the Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) or Polycaprolactone (PCL). Manufacturers of these materials assert that these threads do well with contour and defining the features of the face by stimulating the generation of collagen and tissue fibroblasts that constrict the skin. I cannot confirm these claims as of the moment as I have not done further research on them.
Probably in time, I will be able to use PCL or PLLA in my facial thread lift practice. But as of this writing, I am confident with my skills in the application of PDO to my patients.

For sure dermatologists in Singapore offering the skin procedures I’ve mentioned above are capable of performing their duties correctly. These are the doctors you should consider. When deciding which thread lift treatment to go with, veer away from flashy advertisements and keep in mind the tips mentioned in this article to be sure that you get the maximum effects of a pain-free treatment!

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