All About Thread Lifts with Dr Babak Hedayati

What is a Thread Lift?

Thread lifts is a non-surgical treatment that will provide support and lift areas of the face and neck. It can help the ligaments restrengthen in a way, and it can rejuvenate your face without having to use dermal filler.

Just think of it as providing underlying support for your face and neck. It’s like when you’re standing in front of the mirror and pushing and pulling your face back, that’s what threads can do.

But it’s important to make sure it’s a balance between a natural appearance and not causing any puckering or other side effects like that.
Thread lifts also stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in your skin which over time creates firmer skin, giving a more youthful appearance.

What areas do they treat?

Where threads are placed depends on what results you’re looking for.

Some people have the full face and neck done, others have specific threads for the eyes, cheek, jowls and/or neck.

During your consultation we will recommend what areas should be treated to achieve the results you’re looking for.

How long do they last?

The Thread Lift treatment is not permanent.

Realistically, the manufacturers say they should last about 18 months.

How do I know if it’s a suitable treatment for me?

The first step in seeing if Thread Lifts are recommended for you and will provide the results you are after is to have a consultation with me. If you specifically wanted general facial rejuvenation, I would give you the options which may include:

  • Botulinum Toxin,
  • Anti-wrinkle Treatments,
  • Filler,
  • Non-surgical Thread Lift
  • Skin treatments such as peels or micro-needling, or
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.

If you’re particularly slim or very thin skinned, you may not be the ideal candidate for having the thread lifts.

But that’s something we would discuss with you during your consultation. And that’s part of our efforts that you are the right person having the right treatments. And if we don’t think it’s the right treatment for you, we will advise you so.

I would talk you through the benefits of each option and provide a recommendation for you. Then you can decide on what you want to do.

We encourage everybody to have a good skincare regimen (and we recommend Aspect Dr for that). And it is really, really important to use good sun protection with SPF at least 50.

What is the recovery like?

The recovery from thread lifts is quite fast. We use a little local anaesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. After the treatment you may have a little bit of facial swelling to start with. Then 24 hours or maybe even less, you’re looking back to a normal self.

You may feel it temporarily whilst lying on your side when sleeping. You may feel it under your skin if you touch your face. These are all normal and temporary. 

The only thing you may see are tiny three little incisions in the areas you get treated, which are 3 to 4 millimetres. You need to very closely to be able to see them.

If you yawn or stretch your face you don’t have to worry about move your threads as they have little barbs that keep them in place.

But we do encourage you do not do any exaggerated facial movements, like a really big yawn, for maybe the first 7 to 10 days as you may feel that there is something there.

How long to I see results?

You will see some immediate results from the treatment, but you’ll start to really notice the difference in 4-6 weeks. And the peak effect of the treatment is about 4-6 months for benefits of the collagen stimulation.

So certain treatments like Thread lifts you do have to be a little bit patient. But that’s part of the education we give you, so you have realistic expectations. Some treatments don’t work instantly. They take time and it’s important that you know that, so you’re not thinking that it hasn’t worked.

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Product Information

MINT (TM) THREAD LIFT The MINT synthetic Threads are made of PDO ( Polydioxanone).
This material that has been used in surgical sutures for over 30 years and is completely absorbable by the body.
MINT Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure that redefines and restores lost elasticity and volume in the face, lower jaw, neck, cheeks and eyebrows for a youthful appearance. It is less invasive than traditional facelift surgery.
MINT PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening effect.
PDO threads dissolve around 6-9 months after insertion and create cellular renewal and collagen stimulation to maintain the lift for another 6-9 months.
The MINT Thread lift procedure takes approximately 30-60 minutes and local anaesthetic is used to minimise any discomfort.
Risks associated with treatment:
Patients can experience mild swelling and bruising after treatment which subsides within a few days.
Adverse reactions include infections, erythema, inflammation, foreign body sensation.
Check with your healthcare professional to see if MINT LIFT is a suitable procedure for you.

BOTOX® injection is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. Do not use in people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, injection site pain/burning/stinging/bruising/ swelling/redness, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, eyelid swelling, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching/itching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms. BOTOX® cosmetic treatment is not funded on the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. BOTOX® treatment should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Speak to your specialist about your own situation and about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. For further information the Data Sheet and Consumer Medicines Information can be accessed at www.medsafe.govt.nz or ask your doctor. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Note: BOTOX® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary.

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Xeomin is a purified botulinum toxin type A free from complexing proteins. It is used to improve the look of upper facial lines including frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), wrinkles at the side of eyes (crows feet) and horizontal forehead lines.

Xeomin ® (Incobotulinumtoxin A) 50, 100 Units is a Prescription Medicine. Indications: In adults, for the treatment of cervical dystonia; blepharospasm; spasticity of the upper limb; upper facial lines: glabellar frown lines, lateral periorbital lines (crow’s feet), horizontal forehead lines. Xeomin has both risks and benefits, consult your doctor if Xeomin is right for you. Further information on the risks and benefits of Xeomin can be found in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from www.medsafe.govt.nz or by calling 0800 822 310. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional. Common side effects include: Headaches; nausea; tenderness, swelling, redness, numbness or bruising of the skin; dry eye; heavy feeling of eyelid/eyebrow/forehead; face/brow not symmetrical, dropping eyelids/eyebrows. Serious Side effects are rare and include allergic reactions. Xeomin is an unfunded medicine, prescription charge will apply. Normal doctor charges will still apply.

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