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Effect of short thread (shopping thread) for slack treatment and number of threads




Yoshiro Suzuki
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki

Doctor Spa Clinic

Japanese Society of Aesthetic Surgeons Specialist Specialist of Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Regular member of the International Society of Aesthetic Surgery Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medical Science Specialist Director of Japan Association of Aesthetic Medicine

There are many lift-up treatments that lead to improvement of sagging of the face, which is one of the skin problems, such as incision-type face-lift surgery using a scalpel and treatment with machines, but it is effective without incising the skin, which is a burden on the body. As a treatment that can be aimed at a physical lift, there is a thread lift that physically lifts the skin by inserting a special thread (thread) that is caught in the area where sagging is a concern.

Short thread (shopping thread, shopping lift, shopping thread lift) is one of the thread lift procedures, and it tends to have less downtime and less strain on the body among thread lifts . In addition to the lifting effect, it can also be expected to improve the firmness and elasticity of the skin, but it may not be suitable depending on the degree of sagging.

Therefore, before undergoing sagging treatment with short threads , it is important to understand what kind of sagging is effective, as well as why it can be expected to improve the firmness and elasticity of the skin, the characteristics of the thread used, and the treatment. Knowing about the parts that can be treated allows you to choose a safer and more appropriate treatment .

Short Thread Mr. Yoshiro Suzuki A short thread that lifts the skin with many thin threads

Short threads are one of the thread lift treatments that aim to lift the face line by inserting a special thin thread with a catch under the skin.

It is also called a "shopping thread" because there is almost no downtime and you can go shopping immediately after the treatment. Also, it was sometimes called "Ultra V Lift" or "Lead Fine Lift", which is the product name of the yarn that first entered Japan, but since many companies have released similar products, it is now called " It is often called “short thread” or “collagen lift”.

With short threads , a needle with a thread already attached is inserted into the skin so that the position of the skin is fixed in the direction you want to pull it up. It is possible to aim for a slight lift-up effect by being supported from the inside .

Lift-up effect that can be expected with short threads

Short threads are said to be a cosmetic treatment that originated in Korea, and the difference from other general thread lift treatments is that nearly 50 to 100 short threads called short threads are inserted like cosmetic acupuncture in one treatment. It's a point that I'm going to do.

There are a wide variety of types of threads used in thread lift procedures depending on their shape and structure. be separated.

The thread used for short thread is a thread that is thinner than a human hair called "short thread" without a cog . Rather than pulling up the skin tissue with strong force, many threads are used to create a net-like structure under the skin to lift the skin three-dimensionally for a lift-up.

Therefore, short threads have a mild lifting effect compared to threads with cogs, and tend to be selected for mild sagging treatment. For those who are concerned about severe slack, treatment such as thread lift with a cannula with a thread with a cog, silhouette soft with a thread with a cone-shaped protrusion called biocone, and incision face lift surgery are suitable. There is a possibility.

Short threads can also be expected to improve skin firmness and elasticity

Sagging occurs when the skin loses its firmness and elasticity

In order to improve the sagging of the face line caused by the loss of skin firmness and elasticity, it is necessary to compensate for the decreased collagen and elastin and promote the growth of these components responsible for skin firmness and elasticity.

Human skin has a three-layer structure consisting of the epidermis layer, the dermis layer, and the subcutaneous tissue from the outside, and fibrous protein "collagen" accounts for about 70%, and a jelly-like substance is in between. "Hyaluronic acid" fills while holding moisture. In addition, elastic fibrous protein called "elastin" bundles collagen together, giving the skin firmness and elasticity.

However, when skin aging progresses due to external stimuli such as ultraviolet rays, and metabolism slows down due to aging, the ability to generate elastic components such as collagen and elastin also decreases. When collagen and elastin in the dermis layer deteriorate or decrease, the skin loses its firmness and elasticity, causing the skin to sag because it cannot defy gravity .

Short thread improves skin firmness and elasticity

Image of the internal structure of the skin Short threads also work to promote the growth of ingredients responsible for skin firmness and elasticity, such as collagen and elastin, around the area where the thread is inserted. can also be expected.

By inserting short threads under the skin, fibroblasts in the dermis layer of the skin are stimulated. Fibroblasts are cells that produce collagen and elastin, which are the keys to skin firmness and elasticity, so they are said to have the effect of promoting the production of elastic components.

By activating fibroblasts and promoting the growth of collagen and elastin, it can be expected to have the effect of supplementing the firmness and elasticity of the skin that has been lost due to external stimuli and aging .

In addition, there are more than 60 acupoints (acupuncture points) on the face that are said to be effective for ailments in the body, and by stimulating the acupuncture points when the short-threaded needle is inserted, the metabolism and blood flow are improved. It is also said to have a similar effect.

The effect of improving skin firmness and elasticity lasts

Threads used in the thread lift procedure are absorbable threads that are gradually decomposed and absorbed into the body after being inserted under the skin, and non-absorbable threads that are not absorbed into the body. There are two types of The short thread is absorbable, and it is said that it will gradually decompose after the treatment, and will eventually be completely absorbed without leaving any foreign matter .

Until the thread is absorbed into the body, the stimulation of the thread continues to promote the growth of collagen and elastin under the skin, and it can be expected to have the effect of delaying the progress of sagging by supplementing the firmness and elasticity of the skin. increase. Therefore, when the skin loses its firmness and elasticity and you start to worry about sagging, treatment with short threads tends to be suitable.

Those who are suitable for short thread treatment

Short threads are mainly suitable for those who want to improve the following problems.

  • Those who want to achieve a lift without surgery involving skin incision
  • Those who want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
  • Those who are concerned about sagging face line, double chin, etc.
  • Those who are concerned about wrinkles such as nasolabial folds and gorgo lines
  • Those who want to restore skin firmness and elasticity
  • Those who want to have skin with tight pores

Short thread material and number of treatments for each part

The short thread thread is for medical use and is absorbed by the body.

The thread used for the short thread is an absorbable suture thread called polydioxanone , which has been used in medical settings for heart and blood vessel surgery for over 20 years. It is thinner than hair and has the property of naturally dissolving in about six months to a year after treatment, so it can be said that it is suitable for those who are resistant to foreign substances remaining in the body forever.

If you want a continuous effect, once or twice a year is a guideline.

Polydioxanone is characterized by a low risk of foreign body reactions and infections that can occur with non-absorbable thread types. The duration of the effect of short thread is about 6 to 8 months until the thread melts .

In addition, it is said that even after the threads are absorbed, the action of improving skin quality by the collagen and elastin generated by the stimulation of the threads continues for several months. However, when the thread is absorbed, the lifting effect is lost, so if you want to obtain a continuous lifting effect, you need to undergo the treatment once or twice a year.

Areas where short threads can be done and the number of treatments for each area

Short threads are suitable for a wide range of areas, from under the eyes where the skin is thin to where you want to work deeply. In short threads, many threads are inserted from various angles and directions depending on the part and depth of wrinkles, but as a guideline, the following numbers are generally used.

site Approximate number
Around the eyes, between the eyebrows, smile lines, etc. 10 to 40
cheeks, cheeks + forehead, etc. 50 to 80
Whole face, face + chin, neck, etc. 100 to 150

Advantages of treatment with short thread

While short threads are not suitable for treating severe sagging, they can be expected to have the effect of improving skin firmness and elasticity in addition to improving mild sagging. Some of the many benefits of facelift surgery include:

Short threads have less downtime symptoms

Short threads use ultra-fine needles with an outer diameter of about 0.30 mm, so the needle puncture marks are not noticeable, and pain, swelling, and redness after the procedure are said to be mild .

You can take a shower on the day of treatment, and makeup can be applied on the same day as long as the affected area is not strongly stimulated. In addition, some internal bleeding and swelling may occur immediately after the procedure, but it is said that it usually subsides in a few days to a few weeks .

Short thread pain is negligible

There is a tingling sensation during the process of inserting the needles, but the needles used are very thin, like those used in acupuncture clinics, so in most cases the pain is minimal. Before the procedure, anesthetic cream and anesthetic tape are applied to reduce the pain when the injection needle is inserted.

Depending on the medical institution, as a means of further reducing pain, the site where the needle is inserted may be cooled, local anesthesia may be used, or the procedure may be performed while asleep with intravenous anesthesia .

If you are worried about pain, please check in advance how much the medical institution that will receive the treatment will consider the pain.

Things to know before receiving a short thread

Short threads are compatible with mild slack

Short threads cannot be expected to have the same lifting effect as facelift surgery, which involves making an incision in the skin and pulling up the sagging skin. Therefore, it is less effective in severe sagging symptoms, and can be said to be compatible with relatively mild sagging improvement .

Also, since the time it takes for the thread to dissolve varies from person to person, in some cases the duration of the effect is shorter than the average duration (about 6 to 8 months). Therefore, it seems that some people feel that "I could not feel the effect as much as I thought" or "I failed".

If you want to improve severe sagging or want a big change, as a result of consulting with a doctor at a medical institution, it is diagnosed that other treatments will be used in combination or treatments other than short threads are suitable. may occur.

Treatments that can be used together to increase the effectiveness of short threading

If you want a stronger lift-up effect, or depending on the wrinkle/sagging condition, you may combine short threads with different thread lifts to perform the treatment.

In addition, when combined with hyaluronic acid injection, botulinum injection, and fat dissolving injection, you can expect a synergistic effect to further lift up and make your face smaller .

In addition, machine treatments such as HIFU and Therma Cool can be received several weeks after the short thread treatment, so it is said that using them together will make the lift-up effect last longer . .

The main slack treatment machine that can be received several weeks after short thread treatment
  • ultra cell
  • Doublo
  • Ultra Forma Ⅲ
  • Ulthera
  • therma cool

Risks and Side Effects of Short Threading

Short threads use absorbable, dissolvable threads, but they contain a foreign object while they remain in the body. Therefore, in rare cases, it may cause inflammation or allergic reactions . In order to minimize such risks, it is important to consult with the doctor about your medical history in detail before undergoing the procedure.

Side effects of short threads include mild pain, swelling, redness, internal bleeding, and a feeling of tightness . These usually subside within a few days to a few weeks, but if the symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.

Short thread is a treatment that uses unapproved products from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Acquisition route: The acquisition route is personal import from the manufacturer by the doctor of each medical institution.
About medicines to be careful about when importing for personal use (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare page)
Approval in Japan: There is no product that has the same ingredients and effects as short thread and has been approved in Japan.
Information on safety in other countries: Side effects reported include transient redness, pain, hot flashes, swelling, internal bleeding, and discomfort.

Also, although it is very rare, the following problems may occur, so it is safe to check how to deal with it at a medical institution.

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  • The thread is exposed from the skin
Cut the protruding thread and remove it.
  • I have bumpy skin
  • Welts at the site where the thread was inserted
There are cases where the skin is dented or raised by lifting only one part. There are methods such as loosening the thread by massage to alleviate the symptoms, but there is a risk that the lifting action will be lost due to the loosening of the thread.
  • Infection at the insertion site
Treatment with drugs such as antibiotics, and measures such as incising the skin and removing the threads are taken.
  • The face has become asymmetrical
Since the human body is originally asymmetrical, it is almost impossible to make it perfectly symmetrical. If short threads make it difficult to significantly lift the face and you are concerned about the difference between the left and right face lines, additional threads are inserted or surgical correction is performed.

Those who cannot receive short thread treatment

  • Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Those with systemic diseases such as autoimmune diseases
  • Those with skin inflammation or skin infections
  • person with keloid

Short thread treatment flow and price

The treatment time is about 30 minutes for the anesthetic cream to act, and about 15 to 30 minutes for the treatment, so there is no need to be hospitalized or go to the hospital.

(1) Counseling by a doctor

Consult with the doctor about skin concerns, areas of concern, and how you want to be treated. After confirming the skin condition, the doctor will decide whether or not to perform the treatment, and will receive an explanation in advance about the number of threads, cost, postoperative course and side effects.

(2) Preparation before treatment, such as application of anesthetic cream

Make-up and sebum are thoroughly removed by washing and cleansing the face, and photographs are taken to compare the condition before and after the treatment. Immediately before the procedure, apply an anesthetic cream to relieve the pain of the needle (about 30 minutes). If you are very concerned about pain, some medical institutions may also administer local anesthesia or intravenous anesthesia.

(3) receive treatment in a relaxed state

Mark the part to insert the thread and the part to pull up, and insert the needle under the skin. Treatment time is about 15 to 30 minutes. Be as relaxed as possible during the treatment.

(4) Finish treatment, go home after receiving an explanation of precautions

You will go home after receiving an explanation from the doctor about precautions to take after the procedure. Makeup can be applied to the treatment area 6 hours later, other areas can be applied immediately after the treatment, and a shower is possible from the day of the treatment.

Basically, you can lead a normal life from the day of the treatment, but please avoid rubbing the treatment area strongly. Also, don't open your mouth wide for a few weeks while the thread adapts to the skin tissue.

Short thread that tightens the skin from the day of treatment

From the day of the procedure, you can feel that the skin is tightened.

At the same time, mild redness, itching, pain, and internal bleeding may occur, but they tend to subside in a few days to a few weeks . Also, for several weeks after the treatment, avoid bathing, saunas, drinking alcohol, strenuous exercise, and be careful of sunburn.

Price of short thread

Since short threading is a cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by insurance and is self-funded. The treatment fee varies depending on each medical institution, the site and area to be treated, the number of needles used, etc.

Number rate
10 pieces (partial) About 50,000 yen
50 pieces (partial) About 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen
100 pieces (whole face) About 150,000 yen to 300,000 yen

How to choose a medical institution that you will not regret with a short thread

Effect of short threads for slack treatment, number of threads used for each part, risks and side effects

Since short threading has almost no downtime, it can be said that it is a treatment that can be easily received compared to surgical treatment. However, it seems that some people think that "the pain and swelling continued more than expected" or "the effect was not felt very much" after receiving the treatment.

When choosing a medical institution, it is important not only the effect and duration , but also whether the postoperative course, downtime, and side effects are fully explained . In order to eliminate anxiety and doubts, it is necessary to confirm in advance what to do in case of trouble.

In addition, they carefully examine whether short thread treatment is suitable for your degree of sagging, and if the sagging is severe, they give advice such as suggesting other more suitable treatment methods. It is important to choose a medical institution that will give you medical care.

Doctor Spa Clinic Short Thread

Mr. Yoshiro Suzuki, who supervised the article, taught me about short threads.

What kind of problems are short threads suitable for?
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki
It is suitable for those who feel that their skin has become less firm and their entire face has become slightly sagging.
Are there any precautions after receiving short threading treatment?
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki
Immediately after the treatment, there are many small needle holes, so please do not touch your face with dirty hands on the day of the treatment.
Are there any disadvantages of short threads?
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki
There are no disadvantages to this. It's just a little bit of pain when the needle is pricked.
Please tell me the treatment fee at Dr. Spa Clinic.
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki
Small range is 220,000 yen (tax included), medium range is 330,000 yen (tax included).
Please give a message to those who are wondering whether to take the short thread from now on.
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki
I myself take it from time to time to keep my jaw line from sagging.
Thank you, Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki!

Introduction of supervising doctor

Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki is the director of Dr. Spa Clinic and is attracting attention as the first doctor in Japan to perform the cable suture method, which is a midface rejuvenation surgery. We specialize in rejuvenation surgery such as facelifts, and pursue total anti-aging. We also have a wealth of experience and achievements in eye plastic surgery and nose plastic surgery. A leader in aesthetic medicine.