Have you heard of threadlift? If you do a search on the Net, you’ll probably read about it as being a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is a low-risk and low-cost alternative to the facelift. It is relatively new, and is already available in Singapore. In fact, one of my colleagues had hers done earlier this year and I’m going to share with you about her experience.
First, some general basics about threadlift and its procedure.
Threadlift is peformed to lift droopy areas of the brow, cheeks, jowls, and neck and can be peformed in less than an hour under local anesthesia. The result is immediate but not as dramatic as a facelift or brow lift and is expected to last no more than 3 years.
During the procedure, small incisions are made behind the hairline and a thin needle used to insert tiny threads under the tissues of the face. The threads are lined with tiny, teeth-like barbs that grasp onto and lift the the sagging skin. When the effect is secured, the needle is then removed, the end of the thread is cut and knotted, allowing it to secure itself deep under the skin where it cannot be felt or seen. The threads may stay within the deep tissues and provide support.
Real life experience
According to my very brave colleage, she saw an instant lifting of her face immediately after the procedure. However, the effects did not last. Worst still, she suffered some complications after the procedure, complaining of throbbing pain on one side of her head where the small incision was made. Her doctor prescribed her some antibiotics to prevent infection but the pain never did go away. Now that was about 10 months ago when she first told me.
Last week, she told me that her pain increasingly got worst and sometimes, she can even feel some pus oozing out from the area. Meanwhile, her doctor continued to prescribe her more antibiotics and warned that if it doesn’t improve in the coming weeks, she must have the thread removed from one side of her face. This could possibly mean that one side of her face might droop to pre-procedure stage. Now, doesn’t that sound terrible?
Apparently, she might be one of the few unfortunate ones who suffered complications from threadlift as it has been reported that such cases are rare. The good thing though, is that the entire procedure is reversible, and this is probably what she needs at the moment.
But perhaps the biggest problem with threadlift is that the majority of people who are doing this are not seeing the longevity that’s being touted. At best, it only works as a temporary facial rejuvenation. A sort of mini facelift.
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