Our clinic offers a comprehensive thread lifting procedure. Every individual is different, in terms of age, gender, severity of conditions and expectations.
That is why you need to consult Doctor Chau for assessment and explanation in details to decide the kind of lift that is suitable, and tailor made for you. Sometimes, a combination of different threads is necessary in order to achieve the desired results.
Dr Dylan Chau is one of the pioneer physicians for PDO/PCL/PLA Thread Lift procedures in Singapore. He is a trainer and key opinion leader in Thread Lifting in many parts of the world. He constantly updates himself in the technologies and skills from other master level practitioners and industry professionals. He has also tapped on his experience to co-develop the latest threads with Korean counterparts.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THREADH LIFT?
The threads that are used in the treatment are biodegradable which means they are broken down naturally by the body. These threads contain tiny barbs which anchor to the subcutaneous fat tissue under the skin to give the skin a lift. The result of this can be seen immediately after the procedure. These threads also stimulate the body to undergo collagen regeneration. Collagen is the protein in the body that gives the skin structure. As we age, the body produces less collagen, and this is what leads to the folds and wrinkles that we see. Hence, the face will also see gradual improvement in the complexion as the collagen start to remodel itself over the few months following the treatment.
CAN THREAD LIFT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PROCEDURES
The PDO Thread lift can be combined with other treatments such as HIFU or Thermage to give a natural lifting result. It works particularly well with fillers such as Juvederm and Hyaluronic Acid Fillers – to provide a comprehensive anti-aging solution which now allows us to turn back the clock for our patients, like never, without surgery. The treatment is now indispensable in my practice. Recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
HAPPY LIFT ™ (REVITALIZING) THREAD LIFTS FOR AESTHETICS
WHAT IS HAPPY LIFT™ (REVITALIZING) THREAD
Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) threads are novel absorbable barbed lifting threads designed to achieve a non-surgical, minimally invasive and effective face lift. It can be used in combination with other minimally invasive treatments such as lasers and botulinum toxin and filler injections for an overall rejuvenating effect.
WHAT ARE HAPPY LIFT™ (REVITALIZING) THREADS MADE OF AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) threads are made of poly-L-lactic acid and caprolactone, p(LA-CL). Unlike some conventional sutures which are smooth, Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) threads have tiny barbs which offer both an immediate lifting effect and a secondary long-term lifting effect.
After the barbs are positioned, they can be opened like tiny umbrellas to form a support structure that lifts sagging skin to give the immediate, mechanical lifting effect. The secondary lifting affect is caused by the barbs stimulating the skins own fibroblasts to synthesis the extracellular matrix and collagen that act as scaffolding to lift and hold soft facial tissues in place.
As well as collagen, the threads also stimulate the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid while inducing angiogenesis, a process where new blood vessels branch out and from pre-existing blood vessels. These natural responses in the treated area continue for about 6 months to provide a gradual and natural revitalizing and lifting effect which persists even after the threads themselves have been resorbed into the skin after about 12 months*. The combined effects offer longer-lasting results than most other kinds of sutures.
WHO IS SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR HAPPY LIFT™ (REVITALIZING)?
Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) threads are suitable for those who have loss of volume in the face and/or sagging facial skin due to ageing. They are also suitable for those who have an unsymmetrical face — where one side has considerably less volume than the other, for example — and those who have lost skin elasticity.
The Happy Lift™ Revitalizing is suitable for both men and women of all skin types who prefer a non-surgical, convenient, and minimally invasive approach to improve their skin elasticity and delay premature aging. This low risk alternative requires no surgical procedure which is ideal for almost everyone.
*Results vary for individuals
HOW DO HAPPY LIFT™ (REVITALIZING) THREAD LIFTS DIFFER FROM OTHER THREAD LIFT?
There are three types of threads in the medical aesthetics market and they are:
- Polydioxanone or PDO threads
- Poly-L-lactic acid or PLA threads
- Poly-L-lactic acid and caprolactone or PCA threads i.e. Happy LiftTM (Revitalizing)
Happy LiftTM (Revitalizing) threads are made of poly-L-lactic acid and caprolactone, which gives greater elasticity and lower plasticity compared to PLA threads. This makes Happy LiftTM (Revitalizing) threads twice stronger compared to PLA threads which was shown in a laboratory test.
Happy LiftTM (Revitalizing) PCA threads are also more effective than PLA threads. Like PCA threads, PLA threads stimulate fibroblast formation where they are inserted, and are resorbed into the body after a period. However, PCA threads can stimulate type 1 and type 3 collagen, while PDO and PLA threads can only stimulate type 1 collagen.
PDO threads on the other hand are made from Polydioxanone which also stimulate fibroblasts in the skin, but it usually lasts only 3 to 6 months, so comparatively, PCA threads has better longevity with effects lasting longer too.
THE HAPPY LIFT (REVITALIZING) TREATMENT CAN:
- Remove fine lines and wrinkles.
- Create a more defined jawline.
- Strengthen skin structure.
- Lift sagging eyebrows, cheeks, neck, and middle and lower face.
- Smoothen nasolabial folds.
- Rejuvenate overall appearance.
Fix the symmetry of uneven eyebrows.
IT’S MY FIRST TIME HAVING A HAPPY LIFT™ (REVITALIZING) TREATMENT. WHAT CAN I EXPECT? WILL IT BE PAINFUL?
Before any treatment you will have to undergo a consultation with Dr Chau to assess whether you are a suitable candidate for Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing). At the consultation you will discuss your expectations and any concerns with him. Dr Chau will be able to explain the entire process to you in detail, such as which area will be treated, where he is going to anchor the threads in your skin, if there will be any discomfort or side effects, and any precautions to be taken after the treatment.
You will then have your “before” photos taken. Dr Chau will need to compile the “before” and “after” photos for your comparison and for his further study. After taking your photos, Dr Chau will draw patterns on your skin with a ruler to guide him in the treatment, marking the entry and exit points for the threads. Your skin will then be disinfected before Dr Chau administers a lidocaine injection at each of the entry and exit points he marked earlier. The lidocaine injection is to numb the skin to make the treatment more comfortable.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately after treatment, you may experience slight oedema and bruising and/or a slight depression or skin irregularity at the entry points. However, these will disappear a few days after the treatment.
Patients will be able to return to their daily activities 3 days post treatment, with minimal to no side effects. However, it is advised that patients refrain from any vigorous physical activities and intense exercise for 3 weeks after the procedure.
Results can be seen immediately as the geometry of the Happy Lift Revitalizing doesn’t require anchorage points in the facial anatomic region. Once the thread is in place, it will continue to sustain the tissues and hold the lift. Depending on the patient, the results of the Happy Lift Revitalizing treatment can last up to many years with just one procedure.
WHAT DOES POST-TREATMENT CARE ENTAIL?
Immediately after treatment, cold packs will be applied to the skin, avoiding the entry and exit points of the threads. We will also provide analgesics such as paracetamol to be taken over the next few days in the case that you feel pain in the areas he has treated. You are advised to sleep on your back for 3 to 5 nights and to wash, shave and dry face gently without rubbing or massaging it for the next 5 days. You are also advised to avoid high-impact sports, direct sunlight, and saunas as well as dental surgery for the next one week.
CAN HAPPY LIFT REVITALIZING BE COMBINED WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?
Yes. The Happy Lift Revitalizing is a safe treatment with no permanent side effects and minimal downtime. Hence, it is possible to combine this treatment with other procedures such as botox and fillers. During your consultation session, Dr Chau will present the treatments you can combine with the Happy Lift Revitalizing in order to achieve greater and longer lasting results.
ULTRA V LIFT
Ultra V Lift is an effective anti-wrinkle facelift and skin tightening procedure that has been very popular in Korea due to its safe, fast and effective results. Performed by over 2000 clinics in Korea, it has also gained much popularity in Japan and over other parts of Asia. Achieve the most sought after “V-shaped” face or a natural looking nose lift with this treatment.
WHAT IS ULTRA V LIFT?
Absorbable Thread Lift is an advanced skin tightening technology where fine threads like Polydioxanone (PDO), Polylactic acid (PLA) and Polycaprolactone (PCL) that were commonly used in surgery are inserted into targeted areas under the skin to stimulate skin tissue. As a result, the skin tissues create new tissue fibroblasts and collagen over the next 4 to 6 months, which produces a tightening effect from inside out. When sagging skin is tightened, you should notice the gradual formation of a V-shape jawline while your skin becomes firmer due to the increased in collagen production.
Beside Ultra V Lift, there are also more advanced versions of Thread Lifts available in our clinic.
WHAT DOES ULTRA V LIFT TREATS?
Ultra V Lift Thread Lift can be applied to anywhere on the body, including the face, eye corners, cheeks, double chin, neck, forehead, jawline, nasolabial folds and laugh lines.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE?
The entire procedure takes about 30 – 60 mins (depending on treatment area), where an numbing cream is applied on the treatment area prior to the procedure. Threads may vary in length and thickness, subject to the treatment area. Shorter threads are generally used to treat fine lines in and around the eye area, while longer threads can fix and lift the neck and jawlines.
WHO WOULD BE SUITABLE CANDIDATES?
The procedure is suitable for most people who needs a more ‘lifted’ and defined facial contour. Our patients ranged from age of 25 to 60+, when the effects of ageing become apparent or when they have experienced looser skin after massive or sudden weight loss.
Ageing causes the skin tissue to thin because the collagen and elastin fibres break down, while at the same time there is global facial volume loss of bone density, fats & muscles under the skin. All these results in sagging skin, deep creases, folds and wrinkles. Ultra V Lift reverses the effects of ageing by pulling up the loose skin.
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECT LAST?
Several factors affect how long the effects of the treatment will last. The factors include your age, genetics and how healthy your body and skin are. The process of sagging will eventually take place as this treatment doesn’t stop the processes that lead to wrinkling and folds.
The results usually last between 1 to 2 years. As the threads are absorbable, they will dissolve in about 6 to 9 months after the treatment. However, the skin will remain in its lifted position for a further 12 to 18 months.
You may choose to repeat the treatment in about 18 months as the longevity of repeated treatments tend to be longer than the previous treatment.
ANY SIDE EFFECT / PROBLEM IN DAILY LIFE?
Patients may experience some side effects such as minor pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding. Patient can go back to daily activities or put on makeup or sunscreen. As the threads are bio-dissoluble, they will slowly be absorbed into the body safely.
WHAT WILL I LOKK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Visible lifting can be seen immediately after the treatment. You may notice some swelling or needle marks at the entry points on each side of the face. Although they may remain visible for 1–2 days, most people are able to cover them with makeup.
It is not uncommon to experience some bruising and swelling around the entry points. You may feel tender around the entry points, but it should be resolved in about a week. Although your face may feel tight for a few days, it will relax, and the result will gradually become more natural in a week.
ULTRA V LIFTING VS TRADITIONAL LIFTING
Traditional lifting treatments are an involved procedure that is invasive. The areas of application are limited due to techniques used and it also needs a longer recovery period.
Ultra V Lift can be done anywhere on the body and face, including the eye corners, cheeks, nose forehead, laugh lines, forearm and abdomen and the down time is much shorter than traditional one.
Ultra V Lift has none of the drawbacks associated with traditional lifting technology; there is no general or local anaesthesia required, and its procedure time is short, hence dubbed as the ‘lunch time’ treatment in Korea, Japan and other parts of Asia.
MINT LIFT – FULL FACE LIFT
The Minimal Invasive Nonsurgical Thread (MINT) Lift is a nonsurgical facelift, specially performed on the face. A face lifting technique using a special suture thread called Polydioxanone (PDO), it restores the jawline and V-line of the face by pulling up the sagging skin tissues and increase collagen production. MINT Lift uses 360-degree helical barbs around threads that create a strong lifting effect fixing facial tissue in place for a smooth natural look.
Collagen and elastin, essential components of the skin, are plentiful in youth, but begin to decline with age. As production slows down, the skin begins to sag, wrinkle, and lose its volume and firmness. Collagen production is stimulated when the body’s tissues are injured, and the MINT lift creates small, controlled injuries beneath the skin to encourage the body to restore the facial tissues. The threads absorb slowly, stimulating collagen production for a year or more after the procedure takes place. Because they dissolve naturally, there is no need to remove the threads—they provide the anti-aging framework, and the body does the rest.
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECT LAST?
The lifting effect is at its peak after 6 months when collagen has formed around the threads and lasts up to 24 months.
EASY MINT – NECT LIFT
Many people find that their neck shows signs of aging before the rest of their face. Horizontal lines and loose hanging skin can give the neck an undesired appearance. Fortunately, a neck lift can reduce the undesired appearance by lifting and tightening the soft tissues of the neck.
If you desire a smoother looking neck with a more defined jawline that separates the neck from the face, minimize the appearance of lines and folds around the neck, you may want to consider a Neck Lift.
These procedures is most commonly performed with general anaesthesia and takes between 30 to 60 mins. The recovery time after a Neck Lift Procedure is about 1 week. While in recovery, common side effects include bruising, swelling, soreness, and tightness.
MINI MINT – BROW LIFT & FOREHEAD LIFT
A Brow Lift, also known as a forehead lift, improves frown lines, reduces wrinkles lines, raises sagging eyebrows and places the eyebrows in an alert and youthful position. Brow Lift doesn’t have much downtime but common side effects, you will feel tightness for a week.