K Thread Lift is an effective non-surgical face lift treatment suitable for anybody looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin around the face and neck. It is a minimally invasive procedure where Korean threads made of bioresorbable materials are inserted into the skin and lifted upwards to result in a refreshed, lifted and tighter-skinned visage.
K Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tightens sagging epidermal tissue using Korean threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO). Once inserted, the threads are lifted upwards to anchor the skin and slight pressure is applied to the skin in order to reshape its surface. The effects of the treatment are immediate circumventing the lengthy downtime typical of surgical facelifts.
After administering a local anaesthetic, PDO threads are inserted into various layers of the skin via cannulas. The threads are lifted upwards and anchor the skin after which any excess thread is trimmed. Once inserted, the threads produce three effects in the skin:
Firstly, there is an instant skin lifting effect from the mechanics of the thread insertion as the threads provide support to lift skin in its new position.
Secondly, a K Thread Lift promotes cellular renewal through collagen stimulation and neovascularization (the body's natural process of forming new blood vessels). By increasing blood flow to the area, and promoting cellular renewal, the K Thread Lift improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts skin elasticity.
Finally, by effecting a contraction of fat tissue, skin is tightened, lifted and taught.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and the effects of gravity become much more apparent especially on our faces. K Thread Lift is the ideal treatment to correct drooping of the brow, midface and chin (jowls), lift sagging neck skin as well as correct irregularities in the cheek area.
The area to be treated is fully anaethetised before the threads are inserted. However, some mild discomfort may be experienced during treatment despite anaesthesia.
The skin is immediately lifted after a K Thread lifting procedure. The overall appearance will be slightly tighter than that which can be expected from the final result; after a week or so, tension in the threads will slacken very slightly leaving much more natural result.
The rejuvenating, cellular renewal boosting effects of the K Thread lift treatment will be apparent after 1 to 2 months leading to better skin texture, reduced fine lines and firmer, smoother skin.
Roughly 9 months after treatment, the threads will have dissolved. However, the results of the treatment will persist beyond this 9 month period. To maintain results, it is suggested you may repeat the procedure every 12-18 months.
Most patients experience no complications following treatment. Common side effects include bruising, swelling and some discomfort which can be eased with paracetamol but may last up to 5 or 10 days. Depending on the threads used, a sensation of mild tightness is also common and can be expected to last up to 2 weeks. The treatment has minimal downtime due to its nonsurgical nature. However, it is best to give it 1-2 days days of recovery, and restrict facial movmeents for 24 hours subsequent to treatment. Ideally you should also sleep your back for 3-5 nights, with extra pillows to allow for an elevated position.
Some side effects are related to the technique of insertion and the types of threads used. These include surface depressions, thread migration, facial asymmetry, prolonged pain, and prolonged dimpling. The expertise of Dr Sebagh and his team, alongside Dr Sebagh's exclusive vertical lifting technique, mean that such outcomes are unlikely when a K Thread lift is performed at The Dr Sebagh Clinic.
“I was debating a surgical Face Lift when Dr Sebagh encouraged me to try the non-surgical Thread Lift option first and it was the best decision I ever made. The results are nothing short of remarkable. The lift has given my face a natural, youthful contour that has not only boosted my confidence but also garnered numerous compliments from friends and family. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and am incredibly grateful to Dr. Sebagh and his team for their exceptional care and skill.”
– Anonymous, K Thread Lift patient
“The K Thread Lift, however, uses Korean-made PDO threads, made from Polydioxanone (a bio-degradable material developed for use in wound-healing sutures), which anchor sagging tissues thanks to tiny ‘barbs’. Target areas are identified, before a battle plan is drawn, quite literally, on to the face and neck. Next, puncture points are made at the desired entry points, before the PDOs, which are pre-threaded onto blunt-tip needles, are inserted into the skin. Here, they are pushed beneath the tissues, where they gather the fallen fat, pulling it upwards, before they re-emerge through the skin. A final tug to secure them, any excess is trimmed, and presto, you’re done. It takes up to 45 minutes depending on the area to be treated, and the threads dissolve gradually, over the course of nine months, to be replaced by brand-new collagen. So the good work continues... Results: Despite slight swelling, the face looks immediately lifted, with contours noticeably sculpted and jowls less heavy. And it’ll stay that way for up to two years.”
– Tatler Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery Guide 2019
“Threads are his forte, and the former surgeon does something that no other doctor does. 'I lift the muscle,' he explains, 'just like you would in a surgical neck lift.' His trick is to delve deep, picking up the platysma (the rope like muscle, either side of the next that drags the lower face down) with a pre-threaded needle, enabling him to reposition it, reducing jowls and sharpening the jawline.”