HAPPY LIFT THREAD LIFT
Transform your appearance with these aesthetic procedures curated by Dr Benjamin Yim. He explains what six treatments, from tummy-trimming ultrasound to a jaw line-shaping thread lift, can do for you.
Targets: Sagging cheeks and neck, and poorly defined jawline.
How: A local anaesthetic is injected, then threads with barbs at the end are inserted under the skin using a needle. The barbs hold on to skin from the inside and pull it upwards. Over time, the skin forms new collagen around the barbs. The procedure takes around 30 minutes; patients will feel pinpricks from the insertion of the threads.
Post-treatment: It is possible for skin to look lifted immediately after the procedure, but there may also be swelling, bruising and dimpling, which can last up to two weeks. The threads are absorbed into the body and disappear in about a year, but the effects of the thread-lift may last longer because of the new collagen formed.
Targets: Smile lines, sagging jawline, flat nose, recessed chin, sunken cheeks, temples and forehead, and thin lips.
How: Juvederm XC is a mixture of local anaesthetic and hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies and can hold many times its own weight in water. This is injected into targeted areas using a blunt cannula to fill lines and hollows, plump up lips and make the nose and chin appear sharper. It takes around 20 minutes, and patients feel pinpricks from the injections. The new formulation of Juvederm XC contains a local anaesthetic to reduce pain.
Post-treatment: The effects of the filler are visible immediately after the treatment, and may last up to one year. Swelling and bruising may last for a few days after the procedure.
Targets: Wrinkles and sagging on the face, eyelids and body.
How: A handpiece delivers radiofrequency energy to skin, heating the collagen layer. The heat causes collagen fibres to contract, and this is said to result in a visible lifting effect. Over the next five months, new collagen fibres may be generated so that skin appears more taut and wrinkles seem less prominent. During the 40-minute full face and neck treatment, patients may feel a prickling or hot sensation. Thermage CPT is the newest generation of the device and supposedly provides greater patient comfort than earlier versions of Thermage.
Post-treatment: Patients should be able to go about their daily activities immediately afterwards. The effects usually peak around five months after the procedure. Treatments can be repeated once a year.
Targets: Sagging neck, jawline and brows.
How: Ultrasound energy is focused 3-4mm below the skin, and this is said to cause immediate tightening of the collagen fibres. It is believed that new collagen fibres are gradually produced by the body four or five months after this treatment. It takes around 40 minutes to treat the whole face. During the treatment, you may feel a prickling or hot sensation beneath the skin. The procedure may leave you looking flushed for a few hours.
Post treatment: In addition to a firmer-looking neck, jawline and brow, you may notice improvements around the eyes, since lifting the brow helps them look more awake. Results are said to peak two to three months after a single treatment. You may have additional treatments every 18 months or so.
Targets: Lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth, droopy eyebrows, a gummy smile and square-looking jawline.
How: Topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the target area, then Botox is injected. It temporarily relaxes the muscles to soften lines. It can also be used to shrink an oversized jaw muscle, or relax the upper lip, reducing the amount of gum exposed. Patients feel pinpricks from the injections and may experience redness around the injection sites.
Post treatment: It is possible for lines to begin to look softer in a couple of days after the treatment. Results may peak after two weeks or so, and may last up to six months.
Targets: An expanding waistline.
How: A handpiece directs High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy beneath the skin, heating the area. This is believed to have the effect of causing some fat cells to die, without harming surrounding tissues. During the hour-long treatment, you may feel a prickling or warm sensation.
Post-treatment: Patients may have slight bruising and swelling for a few days afterwards, but should be able to carry out normal activities. Over the course of eight to 12 weeks, the dead cells are passed out naturally, at which point results peak.