A facial therapy that involves stitching and lifting sagging skin with a needle and thread is gaining popularity in Australia - with demand increasing further since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Thread lifts are typically used to lift sections of skin around the eyes, cheeks and jowls using small sutures.
The therapy has been used by celebrities and supermodels to create almond-shaped eyes known as “fox eyes”, but experts say thread lifts can also be used by patients wanting non-surgical face lifts.
Above: Fox Eyes made popular by Bella Hadid
The Australian Academy of Dento Facial Aesthetics has in recent weeks seen an increase in sales for thread lift products and demand for training from dental practitioners, as patients begin returning to dental clinics for facial aesthetics procedures.
AADFA Director Dr Myles Holt said some patients have come out of lockdown looking for alternatives to Botox and dermal filler.
“During the COVID-19 lockdown Botox and dermal filler patients couldn’t attend their regular appointments and many were forced to face up to the fact that these products are not a magic bullet – they do wear out over time,” he said.
“Some patients are now considering other facial rejuvenation options and thread lifts have emerged as an alternative to Botox and dermal fillers because they last longer,” he said.
“There will always be a place for Botox and dermal fillers, but patients also need to have access to other anti-ageing treatments which either complement what they’re already using or can replace products that may not be suitable for them in the first place.”
Above: Thread Lifts by @aqulift
Dr Holt said thread lifts had many advantages to Botox and dermal fillers.
Above: Before PDO Thread Lifts (LEFT) Above: After PDO Thread Lifts (RIGHT)
Dr Holt said Korea was the first country to embrace thread lifts before the therapy took off throughout Asia, followed by Europe and the United States.
“Australia lags before when it comes to facial aesthetics and Australians have been slow to embrace thread lifts, even though they have been available here for the past couple of years,” Dr Holt said.
“But as patients become more aware of the benefits of thread lifts, I expect to see the therapy becoming more commonplace,” he said.
“As with any facial rejuvenation therapies, patients should only get these procedures done by someone who has the training and qualifications and who abides by the highest hygiene standards.”
“I’d also urge patients to maintain a good diet, use sunscreen daily and quit smoking if they want the best results.”
Patients are able to find a certified practitioner in their area by searching the DIRECTORY on the AADFA website.
Above: Dr. Deb Rea performing Lip Threads @Azura Dental & Cosmetics in Adelaide