With age, our collagen production goes down and the facial fat decreases, while muscle tone loosens. Reversing the effects of aging implies physically lifting tissues to obtain a tighter look.
Traditionally, the only option was to do a surgical facelift, a very effective procedure but that requires a lot of rest.
Non-surgical facelift procedures permit doctors to elevate the skin with absorbable threads that are inserted into the target areas with mirco-needles. The skin is then lifted up instantly.
Barbed threads were introduced to the field of aesthetics in the early 90s as lifting tools. Since then, their use and efficiency was very debatable among patients and even medical doctors. Their debatable end result is mainly related to the type of threads and different techniques used.
Different Types of Threads Used for Skin Rejuvenation
Polydioxanone (PDO) Threads
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are commonly used threads that work by creating fibrosis around the introduced material and have a short duration of action that ranges between 3 and 6 months.
Polylactic Acid (PLLA) Threads and Polycaprolactone (PCL) Threads
Long lasting threads were developed after that and showed significant long-term clinical results. The successful and safe to use materials present in the industry are Polylactic acid (PLLA) and Polycaprolactone (PCL). Both materials work on neocollagenesis, which is forming a better skin quality besides their lifting effect.
Manufacturers and aesthetic practitioners described many techniques, and Dr Ziade had the chance to be among multiple International teams training and developing new techniques. He was a trainer for Happy Lift-PromoItalia in Lebanon for 2 years and was then selected to become an international trainer at Aptos Company, the first company to introduce barbed lifting threads in the world.
Barbed Thread / Thread Lifting in Lebanon and in the UAE
Dr. Ziade has developed multiple techniques that he published in medical journals and also lectured about them in many International congresses. Among the described techniques are the famous Butterfly technique TM that lifts the whole face from one entry point and the Shield Thread Technique TM designed for jawline and neck lifting.
Thread lifting is indicated for all ages but the techniques differ depending on the degree of tissue sagging. Mild sagging can be treated using simple techniques. Moderate to severe sagging needs more advanced techniques. Very advanced cases of facial sagging are advised to undergo a surgical face and neck lifting.
What are Barbed Threads Used For?
Facial threads are used in the face and neck in order to tighten the skin and give a fresh and younger look without surgery or visible scars. Long lasting absorbable threads are considered nowadays a great non-surgical lifting tool with proven evidence that they improve the skin texture over the next 2 to 3 years after their introduction. New types of threads are formed from substances that nourish the skin and release molecules helping rejuvenate the skin.
Here’s a short video explaining Thread Lifting for the Face.
Threads can be used to lift the eyebrows (Cat Eyes and Fox Eyes techniques), rotate saggy cheeks, lift the whole face, do a non-surgical rhinoplasty, and rotate the lips. They are also commonly used to create a sharp jawline definition as well as a nice and elegant neck lifting.
You can know more about thread lifting and see before/after pictures on Facebook and Instagram as well as on Instagram’s “threads” highlights.