Ever since covid, I’ve been on a journey to correct what I believe some of us are suffering from. Lockdown face. I don’t think I’ve actually aged any more than normal, but with all the Zoom calls and the pesky way we have to look at ourselves a bit more, I’ve begun to feel slightly critical of my skin.
To be honest, I think I may just be at an age where I’m really starting to see changes. Collagen production decreases dramatically from the age of 35. The skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic. The loss of collagen leads to wrinkle formation and, as I’ve had the misfortune to experience, the dreaded sagging of the cheeks and jawline. Thankfully, there was something I could do to address the problem: a thread lift.
Developed to fill the gap between non-invasive facial rejuvenation and a facelift, a thread lift is a non-invasive procedure where temporary sutures are inserted inside the skin, producing a subtle and natural lift. Still your face, you can just shave a little time away. Instead of surgically removing facial skin, it is simply hitched up by stitching up portions of it, pulling it back slightly, and lifting and tightening the face and neck. Ideal for reversing skin sagging around the jowls, cheeks, eyebrows and even the neck. And I was astonished at the speed in which the procedure is completed, under local anaesthesia, it takes between 30-45 minutes. As I found, there can be some chance of bruising, swelling and discomfort – although most of this started to subside after roughly three days – with my face completely as normal after two weeks. In fact, you can pretty much carry on in your daily life – hence its nickname ‘The Weekend Lift.’ It is, however, advised you don’t do strenuous exercise, drink alcohol or exaggerate your facial features for a couple of days after the procedure. No double burgers please!
Threads have been getting quite a bit of press over the past few years, sometimes not always positive. However, after receiving my threads at the fantastic The Clinic with Dr. Jenny Doyle I now understand how important it is to use a highly qualified practitioner for this treatment. You may remember an influx of ‘the fox eye’ trend and the scarily pulled up features of those who chose, ‘lower end, less competent’ salons to partake in this procedure. Avoid at all costs! This is a non invasive surgery, but surgery nonetheless.
Before Thread Lift Treatment (left). After Thread Lift Treatment (right).
I was lucky enough to be invited to The Clinic were I utterly trust the knowledge and experience of Dr. Jenny. I am looked after so well there, and my results are always subtle yet miraculous. She used PDO threads over PCL or PLLA on me, which helps to avoid potential long-term complications from materials that persist under the skin for extended periods – ranging from 18 months to three years. PDO has a well-established reputation for being widely used and considered very safe in thread lift procedures. The results were immediate but around six months after the procedure, my PDO threads will gradually dissolve, but the lifting effect remains as the collagen and fibrous tissue generated by the PDO material continue to support my skin.
So. After two weeks I’m thrilled to say, my jawline line looks significantly tighter, my nasal folds are much less deep and, surprisingly, my crows feet are suddenly non existent! It’s very impressive. But, and I know I keep going on like a know-it-all mother, you simply mustn’t skip corners when choosing this treatment for the best and safest results. So listen to mum, go to The Clinic and be secure and safe in their capable hands. You only have one (improvable) face!
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