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Meso thread lifts: a less invasive alternative to facelift surgery

For those seeking to refresh and rejuvenate an aging face, meso thread lifts offer subtle lifting and contouring without the extensive recovery time and risks of facelift surgery. Here’s an overview of how meso thread lifts work and how they compare to going under the knife:

What are meso thread lifts?

Meso thread lifts involve inserting very thin threads just under the skin that provide a gentle lift to sagging areas of the face and neck. The threads have tiny barbs or cones that act as mini anchors in the skin to lift it up. As they dissolve over time, they stimulate collagen production for longer-lasting tightening effects. Threads target specific problem areas like drooping eyebrows, sagging jawlines, and loose neck skin. The procedure requires only local anesthesia and takes about 30-60 minutes to perform. Some mild swelling, redness, and discomfort can occur but resolve quickly.

Beyond these general benefits, the threads offer a range of specific enhancements. They are particularly effective in smoothing out wrinkles and skin breaks, rejuvenating smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the lips), and treating marionette lines under the mouth, which often contribute to a “sad look”. Additionally, they can improve the appearance of neck lines, making the skin firmer under the chin and enhancing the jawline’s contour. The lifting effect also extends to the corners of the eyes, providing an overall youthful and refreshed look.

The immediate impact of the threads is visible shortly after the procedure, but the full lift and skin tightening effects are more pronounced within the next 2-4 months as the collagen stimulation progresses. This dual benefit of immediate improvement and ongoing enhancement is a significant advantage, ensuring that the skin not only looks lifted but also grows more elastic and firm over time.

Tiny, almost painless needles introduce these absorbable collagen-stimulating threads, making the procedure minimally invasive. The use of these advanced, karkas-building threads represents a cutting-edge solution in the field of cosmetic procedures, offering a safe and effective option for those looking to address the natural signs of aging without extensive downtime.

Key benefits over surgical facelifts

Thread lifts offer several advantages over traditional facelifts. The procedure is less invasive and doesn’t require general anesthesia, allowing for a much quicker recovery—most patients can resume normal activities within 3-5 days. It’s also more budget-friendly, often costing less than half the price of a facelift. As an office-based procedure, thread lifts carry minimal risks and side effects. The results look natural, avoiding the stiff, “pulled” appearance sometimes associated with facelifts. Additionally, the effects can be adjusted over time by adding more threads as needed.

Drawbacks compared to facelifts

Meso threads, while offering a minimally invasive alternative to traditional facelifts, come with their own set of limitations and potential side effects. These are not as dramatic or long-lasting as a surgical facelift, typically persisting for 1-3 years compared to up to 10 years with surgical options. Moreover, the results from meso threads emerge gradually over a few months as the body’s collagen remodels. Patients considering meso threads should be aware of the most common side effects such as bruising, which occurs in approximately one in five patients, as well as redness and swelling at the insertion sites. These effects are generally temporary and considered part of the normal healing process. There is also a risk of asymmetry, although rare, and it’s important to choose an experienced cosmetic doctor to minimize this risk. 

Furthermore, multiple thread lift sessions may be required to achieve the best results, which can be a consideration for those looking for a quicker solution. This treatment is best suited for those experiencing mild to moderate sagging and laxity. Lastly, it is important to set realistic expectations regarding the longevity of the treatment effects. Meso threads might not last as long as some patients hope, making it crucial to discuss potential outcomes with a qualified cosmetic doctor. Overall, while meso threads are usually well tolerated and present a safer and less invasive option, understanding the full scope of potential side effects and the practical limitations is essential for anyone considering this procedure.

Is the meso threads procedure painful?

Meso threads procedures are typically well tolerated, often requiring only local anesthesia and taking about 30-60 minutes to perform. Some patients compare the discomfort to that of anti-wrinkle injections, which many find quite manageable. The insertion involves a very fine needle, so fine it’s barely visible, minimizing the sensation and reducing anxiety about the procedure’s invasiveness.

Pain Management Options:

  • Topical Numbing Creams: Available for those who prefer a virtually painless experience, though it’s worth noting that these creams may cause minor skin irritation or swelling.
  • Anesthetic Options: While the procedure can be completed with just a topical cream, anesthetic options are also available at no extra charge. However, patients should consider that numbing injections might increase the likelihood of bruising and swelling post-procedure.

Though some mild swelling, redness, and discomfort can occur, these symptoms typically rsolve quickly. For those considering the procedure, understanding these pain management options and potential side effects ensures you are well-prepared and can make a decision that best suits your comfort and health needs.

What can you expect with thread treatment?

It takes 2-3 thread lift sessions spaced about 6-8 weeks apart to achieve optimal rejuvenation results. It takes time for the collagen stimulation to gradually take effect. During this period, you can expect the following improvements:

  • Fine wrinkles and lines become smoother, enhancing the overall texture of your skin.
  • Deep wrinkles see noticeable improvement, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
  • The skin becomes firmer and more elastic, helping to restore its youthful bounce and resilience.
  • While it does not completely stop aging, thread treatment can slow down the sagging of the skin effectively.
  • It also helps to delay the aging process, keeping your skin looking younger for longer.
  • Facial contours are lifted, creating a more defined and sculpted appearance.
  • The treatment works to rejuvenate the skin, giving it a fresher and more vibrant look.
  • Pores are narrowed, which can improve the overall smoothness and appearance of your skin.
  • Skin texture is tightened, which can enhance the firmness and quality of your skin.

Most meso thread lifts last 1-3 years on average before a maintenance session is needed to restore lifting and contouring. However, results can last longer (up to 5 years) if more threads were used. Over the first month, some of the initial lifting effects will relax as swelling goes down. Then the improvements will gradually become more noticeable over 2-4 months as new collagen production takes over.

For many patients, getting a meso thread lift every 2-3 years is sufficient to maintain a more youthful appearance without the need for a surgical facelift. Factors that affect longevity include the number of threads inserted, the technique used, the patient’s age and skin elasticity, and how well they take care of their skin after the procedure.

Annual touch-up sessions, a healthy lifestyle, and skincare can help prolong the results. Adding more threads at follow-up appointments helps reinforce the lifting effects.

How can you achieve cheek skin tightening?

When it comes to tightening the skin on your cheeks, it can be a bit challenging. This area is highly mobile due to frequent facial movements, which can complicate some treatment methods.

Effective Treatments for Tightening Cheek Skin:

Thread Lifts:

    • A popular method involves the use of PDO threads. These threads are inserted under the skin using a small needle.
    • This procedure induces a controlled trauma, which stimulates the regeneration and production of collagen, effectively tightening the skin.

Laser Treatments:

      • Lasers can also offer improvements by enhancing the texture and elasticity of your skin.
      • However, they tend to work best on the surface layer of the skin and may not be as effective for deeper concerns

Chemical Peels:

    • These treatments can refresh the outer layer of your skin, providing a more youthful appearance.
    • Like laser treatments, chemical peels generally target superficial skin issues.

Considerations
Volume  and Age:

    • As we age, the lower face naturally begins to sag. Simply adding volume through fillers may not always be the best solution
    • It’s crucial to consider a holistic approach that targets skin tightening rather than just volume enhancement.

By choosing the appropriate method tailored to your specific needs, you can achieve a noticeable tightening of your cheek skin. Always consult with a qualified professional to determine the best course of action for your unique skin.

How can you achieve cheek skin tightening?

When it comes to tightening the skin on your cheeks, it can be a bit challenging. This area is highly mobile due to frequent facial movements, which can complicate some treatment methods.

Effective Treatments for Tightening Cheek Skin:

Thread Lifts:

    • A popular method involves the use of PDO threads. These threads are inserted under the skin using a small needle.
    • This procedure induces a controlled trauma, which stimulates the regeneration and production of collagen, effectively tightening the skin.

Laser Treatments:

      • Lasers can also offer improvements by enhancing the texture and elasticity of your skin.
      • However, they tend to work best on the surface layer of the skin and may not be as effective for deeper concerns

Chemical Peels:

    • These treatments can refresh the outer layer of your skin, providing a more youthful appearance.
    • Like laser treatments, chemical peels generally target superficial skin issues.

Considerations
Volume  and Age:

    • As we age, the lower face naturally begins to sag. Simply adding volume through fillers may not always be the best solution
    • It’s crucial to consider a holistic approach that targets skin tightening rather than just volume enhancement.

By choosing the appropriate method tailored to your specific needs, you can achieve a noticeable tightening of your cheek skin. Always consult with a qualified professional to determine the best course of action for your unique skin.

Cost of meso thread lifts

The average cost of a meso thread lift ranges from $1,500 to $4,000 per treatment session. This can vary based on factors like the extent of the procedure, number of threads used, and the geographic location. In Australia and New Zealand, for example, the average price range is from $1200 to $25,000 per area. Since multiple sessions are usually needed for full results, the total costs end up being between $3,000 to $12,000 on average.   

Other factors that would affect the cost of the procedure includes:

  • Areas like the mid-face, jowls, cheeks, etc. require more threads which increases the cost. A full face and neck treatment is more expensive.
  • The threads themselves represent a major part of the cost, ranging from $200 to $800 or so per thread. More threads means higher overall cost.
  • Anaesthesia, facility fees, and other costs like prescriptions and post-procedure garments may add a few hundred dollars more to the total.

In comparison, there are significant savings compared to a surgical facelift that averages $15,000 to $30,000. And alternatively, the the cost of a meso thread lift in popular medical tourism destinations such as Malaysia is even lower. On average, the cost ranges from RM3,000 to RM10,000 depending on the number of threads used and areas treated. A full face and neck thread lift costs RM8,000 to RM12,000 typically. Smaller areas like the cheeks or jowls range from RM3,000 to RM5,000. Each PDO or PLLA thread averages RM800-RM1,500. Additional fees may apply for anaesthesia, facility charges, medications and compression garments.  

On average, the cost of receiving thread lifts in Malaysia is 20-40% less than in Western countries. Most clinics offer package pricing when purchasing multiple syringes of threads upfront. And maintenance sessions every 2-3 years average RM3,000-RM5,000. Overall, meso thread lifts are an affordable facial rejuvenation option in Malaysia.

Meso thread lifts offer a low-risk way to refresh the face without an extensive surgical procedure and downtime. While results won’t match a full facelift, threads can be a great option for those seeking moderate rejuvenation with little discomfort and quicker recovery. Talk to us to determine if threads are suited to your specific facial rejuvenation needs and goals

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