K Thread Lift
Dr Sebagh demonstrates the NEW Vertical Double Thread Lift
Following the launch last year of the K (Korean) Thread Lift with Mono PDO (Polydioxanone) threads at Dr Sebagh’s London and Paris clinics, the NEW treatment—also designed to lift sagging skin without invasive face lift surgery—involves an alternative technique developed by Dr Sebagh in order to achieve a superior lifting effect without the possible side effect of threads migrating under the skin.
Why VERTICAL LIFTING?
‘Last year, when I introduced the Korean Thread Lift with Mono PDO threads, these were inserted in an oblique manner, with vectors of rejuvenation directed toward the temple,’ explains Dr Sebagh. ‘After having done more than 100 thread lifts, I noticed that the main side effect was the migration of the threads inserted obliquely moving to the lip, mouth or chin area.’
‘I have, therefore, decided to use a new VERTICAL LIFTING technique for the mid-face, mandibular (lower jaw) and jowl area; and HORIZONTAL VECTORS for the neck area,’ Dr Sebagh continues. ‘For the new treatment, I also used a NEW type of PDO DUAL PRO: a double thread inserted in the same L shape cannula 19G/ 100mm with barbs, allowing us to knot the thread at its free extremity, creating much more tension, especially on the neck.’
A question of anatomy
‘Classically, the cervicofacial area is divided into the upper, middle, and lower face, with the upper part of the neck often included in the lower face,’ says Dr Sebagh. ‘Here, with this new method, we present a new vertical approach, dividing the face into three vertical segments from medial to lateral: the Proface, Mesoface, and the Metaface.
‘Threads will be inserted vertically only in the Meso and Meta face.The Proface will be approached by short threads running along the naso labial fold and the depressor Anguli oris.’
‘Six months after using this technique, I have noticed a better repartition of the lift tension in the Metaface, highlighting the jaw angle and definition, and the Mesoface, mid-face and jowl area, and definitely in the neck.’ reports Dr Sebagh. ‘This is due to the increased tension achieved by knotting the threads and far less migration or extrusion.’
What is the K Thread Lift?
The K Thread Lift is a treatment which lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using Korean threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO).
The threads are introduced into the deeper layers of the skin. Once introduced, the threads produce three effects in the skin:
- Instant Skin Lifting through mechanical effects
- Cellular renewal, through collagen stimulation and neovascularization to improve skin texture, fine lines and elasticity
- Skin tightening by contracting fat tissue
How is the K Thread Lift performed?
The K Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure. After numbing with an infusion of local anesthesia, the PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off.
Depending on the areas treated, the procedure takes 15- 45 minutes.
There is some discomfort during the procedure.
How long do the threads last?
The skin is immediately lifted after a K Thread lifting procedure, as the threads provide support to lift skin in its new position, looking slightly tighter than the final result, but in about one week it will begin to look much more natural.
The rejuvenating effects kick in after 1-2 months showing a better skin texture, firmer and smoother skin.
In about 9 months after the treatment the threads will have dissolved, but the results will still continue for many more months.
Who is suitable for a K Thread Lift?
The K Thread Lift is an effective non-surgical face lifting treatment that is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin of the face and neck.
This treatment is suitable for someone who is willing to undergo some injections, and who would like to attain an immediate lift of the facial contours without undergoing facelift surgery. It is best suited for women and men who are unwilling to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery but want to look refreshed and lifted naturally.
Compared to non-invasive face lifting options like ULTRALIFT (HIFU), the PDO thread lift works faster and has more visible results. However, the procedures work even better when combined for synergistic results.
How does the K Thread Lift compare with Silhouette Soft Thread Lift?
Both the K Thread Lift and Silhouette Soft Thread Lift are excellent skin lifting procedures. However, there are very important differences. PDO lifts the skin better due to its configuration, while Silhouette Soft is better at compressing skin tissue to produce a volumising effect.
Although Silhouette Soft threads are made up of PLLA, the technology is very different. They use cones instead of barbs to lift sagging skin. Compared to a Silhouette Soft procedure, more threads are used during a PDO thread lift. The K Thread Lift also pulls the skin back more.
In Dr Sebagh's opinion, the two procedures complement each other, and work even better when performed together in a combination thread lift treatment.
Which treatments work well with the K Thread Lift?
The K Thread Lift can be combined with other treatments, such as the Ultralift (HIFU), Radio Frequency with Micro Needling, to give a natural lifting result.
It works very well with biostimulting Fillers such as Ellanse and Hyaluronic Acid fillers, to provide a comprehensive anti-aging solution which now allows Dr Sebagh to turn back the clock for his patients like never before, without surgery.
Is the K Thread Lift safe? What are the possible side effects?
This treatment is surprisingly safe. PDO threads are inserted via BLUNT NEEDLES and not surgery, and are absorbed in 6-8 months.
Depending on the types of threads used and areas treated bruising may or may not occur.
Expect some mild swelling and soreness for 3 to 5 days after the procedure, and a sensation of mild tightness of up to 2 weeks. Temporary mild dimpling of the skin can also occur, and resolves in a few days.
Some side effects are related to the technique of insertion and the types of threads used. These include surface depressions; thread migration and even extrusion, facial asymmetry, prolonged pain, and prolonged dimpling.
Finally, more serious side effects although rare, can occur. These include, infection, nerve damage, formation of nodules and damage to the salivary ducts.
The side effects are mostly manageable. Removal of threads may be required in cases such as migration and extrusion.