Aptos Thread Lift - Aesthetica Skin Centre

Aptos Thread Lift

A thread-lift, also known as feather lift surgery, is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently, lift sagging skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on your body, a thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to surgery lift to rejuvenate the body without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted into the soft tissue of the body to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as original surgery but is a good option for a more subtle natural look. At Aesthetica Skin Centre, Dr Bianca Cowan uses the Aptos wire, a wire tool with a straight needle. With the wire tool method, it is possible to pass the needle through hypodermic tissues on a closed contour without skin incisions. The technique can be used in general plastic and aesthetic surgery. Aptos wire method removes wrinkles and folds atrophic; indrawn scars from the face and body, as well as unevenness of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, resulted from unsuccessful liposuction. The manipulation is carried out without incisions, only through pin punctures, without any filler, using a specially designed device.

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The main indications for the body are sagging breasts, elbows, knees, upper arms, thighs, tummy and buttocks. The main facial indications are for sagging neck, necklines, and wrinkles on the décolletage area.
A thread lift is classified as a non-invasive procedure and is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia. The process takes around an hour to complete. The thread lift procedure involves making small incisions in key locations and inserting a threaded needle under the skin to anchor both ends to lift and suspend the skin. Several variations of the threading technique exist, as a preference of the doctor, or to meet specific patient needs. Once the individual situation has been assessed, generally between 2 and 20 threads will be used, depending on the patients’ needs. Thread lifting is a relatively new procedure. Although early thread lifts were performed using permanent threads, health professionals today, use dissolvable barbed threads. The barbs are embedded in the skin to promote fibrosis, the formation of new connective tissue bundles. The newly formed connective tissue acts as a scaffolding to hold up the skin, making it firm in the process. Skin tends to lose firmness and elasticity and sags with age because the volume of elastin and connective tissue in the skin diminishes over time. Cells produce hyaluronic acid in response to the fibrosis, which attracts and builds moisture to make the skin firm and full. When the skin’s microvessels become traumatised by the thread insertion, they open up, and new blood with oxygen and nutrients flow to heal them, resulting in younger-looking skin.
There will be some level of discomfort, swelling and bruising around the area after the procedure. This will gradually subside. You can expect to go home within several hours of the procedure. You can also expect to be back to normal activities 2 to 3 days later.
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