From Botticelli’s 15th century rounded curves to the androgynous 1920s ‘flapper’ girls, trends to look a certain way have always existed. Somewhere in the 1990s, the popular look went somewhat ‘plastic’. After the initial popularity of cosmetic surgery, the demand for non-invasive aesthetic procedures increased. By 2015 it had risen by 65% according to the American Society for Plastic Surgery. Clearly people want to look good without the hassle of going under the knife.
WHAT IS A THREAD LIFT?
This technique using biodegradable polydioxinone (PDO) suturing material is an innovative facial rejuvenation procedure for elevating sagging brows, cheeks, jowls and neck. Also used for body contouring to treat skin laxity on the abdomen, inner arms and inner thighs. PDO threads have a dual action; an immediate lifting effect and skin tightening.
Topical anaesthesia is applied and then one-by-one ultra-thin cogged threads or fine meso-threads are inserted along a planned trajectory to create a mesh like structure.The cog threads are then pulled to achieve the desired skin lift and secured and trimmed at the entry point.
This is a comfortable ‘lunchtime lift’ procedure, with zero downtime. Some patients may get slight bruising in the area where the thread was inserted. Post treatment the jaw feels a little sensitive to touch which usually settles within a few days.
How Long Does It Last?
Results are visible almost immediately, treated areas are raised slightly, eliminating sagging and yielding a fresh look. Initial results can be seen within one to two weeks, full results within three months that can last up to 18 months. A follow up session is arranged after three months to check if additional threads are required. Skin rejuvenation occurs from the natural wound healing process that also encourages collagen production.
What is it?
This is a cosmetic procedure that creates fuller, plumper lips. Injectable dermal filler is a commonly used method. Experts offer options depending on your aesthetic goals and recovery times. People may need two or more of these procedures to achieve the ideal look.
INJECTIONS – FAT TRANSFER
Autologous fat (fat from your own body) can be taken via liposuction from another area of the body and injected into the lips. Injections may need to be repeated to get desired results.
INJECTIONS – FILLERS
Fillers made from natural or synthetic bio-compatible material act as a fat substitute to plump up the lips. One treatment is usually sufficient to produce desired results. These, however, may be temporary and require repeated injections.
Injections with fillers and permanent makeup can be performed in the office with no downtime and minimal preparation. The physician preps the area to be treated, applying numbing cream. The procedure should take less than an hour in most cases. Fat, collagen and other natural or synthetic materials are injected into the lips to add volume.
How long does it last?
This depends on the treatment chosen and reactions to treatment.
- Fat injections require multiple injections but lead to permanent lip enhancement.
- Filler injections results depend on the type of filler used. Some fillers last from three to six months, while others last almost a year.