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 procedures that improve the sagging of the face, which is one of the skin problems, such as incision-type face lift surgery using a scalpel and treatment with a machine, but it is effective without making a skin incision that is burdensome to the body. As a treatment that can aim for lift-up, there is a thread lift that physically lifts the skin by inserting a special thread (thread) that has a catch on the part where sagging is a concern.
Shopping thread (shopping lift, shopping thread lift) is one of the thread lift treatments, and among the thread lifts, the downtime is short and the burden on the body tends to be small . In addition to the lift-up effect, you can expect the effect of improving the firmness and elasticity of the skin, but it may not be suitable depending on the degree of sagging.
Therefore, before receiving sagging treatment by shopping thread , it is necessary to understand what kind of sagging is effective, the reason why it can be expected to improve the firmness and elasticity of the skin, the characteristics of the thread used and the treatment. By knowing the areas where you can do it , you will be able to select a more secure and appropriate treatment.
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Shopping thread is one of the thread lift treatments aiming at the lift-up effect of the face line by inserting a special thin thread (thread) with a catch under the skin.
It is also called "shopping thread (shopping lift, shopping thread lift)" because there is almost no downtime and you can go shopping as it is after the treatment. It was also called "Ultra V Lift" or "Lead Fine Lift", which are the product names of yarns that first entered Japan, but since many companies have released similar products since then, they are now short. It is often called a thread collagen lift.
The shopping thread inserts a needle with a thread attached to the skin in advance so that the position of the skin is fixed in the direction you want to pull it up, and leaves only the thread under the skin when pulling out the needle. Is supported from the inside and it is possible to aim for a slight lift-up effect .
Shopping threads are said to be a beauty treatment that originated in Korea, and the difference from other general thread lift treatments is that 50 to 100 short threads called short threads are inserted like beauty acupuncture in one treatment. It is a point to do.
There are various types of threads used in thread lift treatment depending on the shape and structure. Among them, the thread with a cog (protrusion) that has the role of hooking the subcutaneous tissue when inserted subcutaneously and the thread without it are large. Will be separated.
What is used in shopping threads is a thread that is thinner than the hair, called a "short thread" that does not have a cog. Rather than pulling up the skin tissue with a strong force, we use a large number of threads to create a net-like structure under the skin and aim to lift up the skin by lifting it three-dimensionally.
As a result, shopping threads have a milder lift-up effect than cogged threads and tend to be the preferred treatment for mild sagging. For those who are concerned about severe sagging, treatments such as thread lifts with cogged threads in the cannula, thread silhouette soft with conical protrusions called biocones, and incision-type face lift surgery are suitable. There is a possibility.
In order to improve the sagging of the face line caused by the loss of firmness and elasticity of the skin, it is necessary to supplement the reduced collagen and elastin and promote the growth of the components responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Human skin has a three-layer structure consisting of an epidermis layer, a dermis layer, and a subcutaneous tissue from the outside, and "collagen", which is a fibrous protein, occupies about 70%, and a jelly-like substance is formed between them. "Hyaluronic acid" fills with water. In addition, elastic fibrous protein called "elastin" binds collagen to each other, giving the skin firmness and elasticity.
However, as the skin ages due to external stimuli such as ultraviolet rays and metabolism declines due to aging, the ability to produce elastic components such as collagen and elastin also decreases. When collagen and elastin in the dermis layer deteriorate and decrease and the skin loses its elasticity and elasticity, the skin becomes slack against gravity .
Shopping threads have the effect of promoting the growth of collagen, elastin, and other components that are responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin around the area where the thread is inserted, and in addition to lifting up, the effect of regaining the lost firmness and elasticity of the skin. Can also be expected.
Subcutaneous insertion of a thread of shopping threads stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis layer of the skin. Fibroblasts are cells that produce collagen and elastin, which are the keys to skin firmness and elasticity, and are said to have the effect of promoting the production of elastic components.
By activating fibroblasts and increasing collagen and elastin, it can be expected to have the effect of compensating for the firmness and elasticity of the skin lost due to external stimuli and aging.
In addition, there are more than 60 acupuncture points (acupuncture points) on the face that are said to be effective for physical disorders, and the acupuncture points are stimulated when the needle of the shopping thread is pierced, which improves metabolism and blood flow. It is also said to have an action like.
The threads used in the thread lift procedure are absorbent threads that are gradually decomposed over time after being inserted subcutaneously and absorbed into the body, and non-absorbent threads that are not absorbed into the body. There are two types. It is said that the thread of the shopping thread is absorbent, and it is gradually decomposed after the treatment, and eventually it is completely absorbed without leaving any foreign matter .
It is said that the action of promoting the growth of collagen and elastin under the skin by the stimulation of the thread continues until the thread is absorbed into the body, and the effect of delaying the progress of sagging can be expected by supplementing the firmness and elasticity of the skin. I will. Therefore, when the skin loses its elasticity and elasticity and begins to worry about sagging, treatment with shopping threads tends to be suitable.
Shopping threads are mainly suitable for those who want to improve the following problems.
The thread used in the shopping thread is polydioxanone, an absorbent suture that has been used in medical practice for heart and blood vessel surgery for over 20 years. It is thinner than hair and has the property of melting naturally about 6 months to 1 year after treatment , so it can be said that it is suitable for people who are resistant to foreign substances remaining in the body forever.
Polydioxanone is characterized by a low risk of foreign body reactions and infections that can occur when using non-absorbable types of yarn. The duration of the effect of the shopping 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 collagen and elastin produced by the stimulation of the threads to improve the skin quality continues for several months. However, when the thread is absorbed, the lift-up effect is lost, so if you want to obtain the continuous lift-up effect, you need to receive the treatment once or twice a year.
Shopping threads are widely adapted from under the thin skin to areas where you want to work deeply. In shopping threads, a large number of threads are inserted from various angles and directions depending on the part and the depth of wrinkles, but as a guide, the following numbers are generally used.
|Eyes, glabellar, nasolabial fold, etc.||10-40|
|Cheeks, cheeks + forehead, etc.||50-80|
|Whole face, face + chin, neck, etc.||100-150|
While shopping threads are not suitable for treating severe sagging, they can be expected to improve skin firmness and elasticity in addition to improving mild sagging. In addition, among the many face lift treatments, there are also the following merits.
Since the shopping thread uses an extra-fine needle with an outer diameter of about 0.30 mm, the traces of the needle stick are inconspicuous, and it is said that pain, swelling, and redness after treatment are mild.
You can take a shower on the day of the procedure, and if you do not give a strong stimulus to the affected area, you can make up from the same day. In addition, some internal bleeding and swelling may appear immediately after the procedure, but it is said that it usually subsides within a few days to a few weeks.
The process of piercing the needle causes a tingling sensation, but in most cases the pain is slight because the needle used is a very thin needle, such as that used in acupuncture clinics. Before the procedure, apply an anesthetic cream or use an anesthetic tape to relieve the pain of needle sticks.
Depending on the medical institution, as a means of further pain relief, the area where the needle is inserted may be cooled, local anesthesia may be used, or the procedure may be performed while sleeping under intravenous anesthesia .
If you are worried about pain, please check in advance how much the medical institution that receives the treatment will take care of the pain.
Shopping threads cannot be expected to be as lift-up as face lift surgery, which involves making an incision in the skin and pulling up loose skin. Therefore, it is difficult to show the effect in the symptoms of severe sagging, and it can be said that it is compatible with the improvement of relatively mild sagging .
In addition, since the time it takes for the yarn to melt varies from person to person, the duration of the effect may be shorter than the average duration (about 6 to 8 months). Therefore, it seems that some people feel that "I couldn't feel the effect as much as I expected" or "I failed".
If you want to improve severe sagging or want to make a big change, after consulting with a doctor at a medical institution, it is diagnosed that other treatments will be used together or treatments other than shopping threads are suitable. May occur.
If you want a stronger lift-up effect, or depending on the condition of wrinkles and sagging, the treatment may be performed by combining a different thread lift from the shopping thread.
In addition, when used in combination with hyaluronic acid injection, botulinum injection, and fat dissolving injection, a synergistic effect can be expected for further lift-up and small face effects .
In addition, machine treatments such as HIFU and Thermacool can be received several weeks after the shopping thread treatment, so it is said that the lift-up effect can be further sustained by using them together. ..
Shopping threads use absorbent, meltable threads, but they contain foreign material while they remain in the body. Therefore, in rare cases, it may cause inflammation and allergic reactions. To minimize such risks, it is important to tell your doctor in detail about your medical history before undergoing the procedure.
Side effects of shopping threads include mild pain and swelling, redness, internal bleeding, and a taut sensation . These usually subside within a few days to a few weeks, but if the symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
|Shopping thread is a treatment using products not approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.|
| Acquisition route: The acquisition route is individual import from the manufacturer by the doctor of each medical institution.|
Drugs that should be noted in personal imports (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare page)
|Approval in Japan: There are no products that have the same ingredients and actions as shopping threads and have been approved in Japan.|
|Information on safety in other countries: The most commonly reported adverse reactions include transient redness, pain, burning, swelling, internal bleeding and discomfort.|
In addition, although it is extremely rare, the following problems may occur, so it is safe to check how to deal with them at a medical institution.
|Trouble||How to deal with at medical institutions|
|Cut the thread that has popped out and remove it.|
|By pulling up only one part, the skin may become dented or raised. Massage can be used to loosen the thread and relieve symptoms, but the loosening of the thread may cause the lift-up effect to be lost.|
|Treatment with drugs such as antibiotics and treatment such as making an incision in the skin and removing the thread are taken.|
|Since the human body is originally asymmetrical, it is almost impossible to make it perfectly symmetrical. If the shopping thread is difficult to lift up significantly and you are concerned about the difference between the left and right face lines, additional thread will be inserted or surgical correction will be performed.|
The treatment time is as short as about 30 minutes for the anesthetic cream to work and about 15 to 30 minutes for the treatment, and there is no need to be hospitalized or go to the hospital.
(1) Doctor counseling
Talk with your doctor about skin problems, areas of concern, and what you want to do with the procedure. The doctor will check the skin condition before deciding whether or not to treat the patient, and will be informed in advance about the number and cost of threads, the postoperative course and side effects.
(2) Preparation before treatment such as application of anesthetic cream
Makeup and sebum are thoroughly removed by washing and cleansing, and a photo is taken to compare the condition before and after the treatment. Immediately before the procedure, apply an anesthetic cream to relieve needle pain (about 30 minutes). If you have a great deal of anxiety about pain, some medical institutions may provide local anesthesia or intravenous anesthesia.
(3) Receive treatment in a relaxed state
Mark the part where the thread is to be inserted and the part to be pulled up, and insert the needle under the skin. The treatment time is about 15 to 30 minutes. Receive the treatment in a relaxed state as much as possible.
(4) After the treatment is completed, we will return home after receiving an explanation of precautions.
After receiving an explanation from the doctor about points to note after the procedure, we will return home. Makeup on the treatment area can be done 6 hours later, and other areas can be applied immediately after the treatment, and showering is possible from the day of the treatment.
Basically, you can live as usual from the day of the treatment, but please avoid giving any irritation such as rubbing the treatment site strongly. Also, do not open your mouth wide for a few weeks until the thread blends into the skin tissue.
From the day of the procedure, you can feel that the skin is firm.
At the same time, mild redness and itchiness, pain and internal bleeding may occur, but they tend to subside within a few days to a few weeks. Also, for a few weeks after the procedure, refrain from bathing, sauna, drinking alcohol, and strenuous exercise, and be careful of sunburn.
Since the shopping thread is a treatment for the purpose of beauty, it is not covered by insurance and you will have to pay for it yourself. The treatment fee varies depending on each medical institution, the site and range of treatment, and the number of treatments to be used.
|10 (partial)||About 50,000 yen|
|50 (partial)||Approximately 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen|
|100 (whole face)||Approximately 150,000 to 300,000 yen|
Since shopping threads have almost no downtime, they are easier to receive than surgical treatments. However, it seems that some people think that "the pain and swelling continued more than I imagined" and "I couldn't really feel the effect" after the treatment.
When choosing a medical institution, it is important to fully explain the effects and duration, as well as the postoperative course, downtime, and side effects. In order to resolve anxiety and doubts, it is necessary to confirm in advance what to do in the unlikely event that a problem occurs.
In addition, we will properly examine whether treatment with shopping threads is suitable for the degree of sagging, and if sagging is severe, give advice such as suggesting other treatment methods that are more suitable. It is important to choose a medical institution that will give you.
Mr. Yoshiro Suzuki, who supervised the article, taught me about shopping threads.
Introduction of supervising doctor
Dr. Yoshiro Suzuki, the director of Doctor Spa Clinic, is attracting attention as the first doctor in Japan to perform the cable suture method, which is a rejuvenation operation for the middle face. We specialize in rejuvenation surgery such as face lift, pursue total anti-aging, and have abundant achievements and experience in eye plastic surgery and nasal plastic surgery. Leading aesthetic medicine.