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Benefits of aiming to improve the nasolabial fold with a thread lift and the effects of combined ...



Nasolabial fold that greatly affects the appearance age. It is difficult to hide with make-up, and it becomes more noticeable with age, but the sagging of the cheeks has a great effect on this. One of the methods to improve the nasolabial fold caused by slack is a treatment called thread lift .

Thread lift is a method of putting a thread under the skin to raise the slack of the cheek, but there are various types , whether the thread has thorns (protrusions) called cogs, the shape and number of cogs, Depending on the material, the pulling force and the duration of the effect will differ .

Know what types of thread lifts are available and choose the one that best suits your nasolabial fold progress and your desired budget to help you achieve more satisfying results.

In addition, since the progress of nasolabial fold varies from person to person depending on age, skin condition, skeleton, and how fat is attached, it is necessary to know the combined treatment according to the progress.

Representative of old-fashioned appearance, cause of nasolabial fold by age

Nasolabial folds are wrinkles that extend from both sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and are facial expression wrinkles that occur when you laugh, as they are called smile lines in Europe and the United States.

As the firmness and elasticity of the skin decrease with age, it becomes difficult for facial expression wrinkles to return, and it gradually progresses to a conspicuous nasolabial fold even when the face is straight.

The causes of nasolabial folds in their twenties are mainly dryness, facial expression habits, the effects of biting habits and tooth alignment, and muscle weakness due to a sudden diet . I can.

In many cases, other causes can be improved by reviewing your lifestyle and daily habits, so it is important to take early measures if you have any ideas.

In the 30s , in addition to the cause of the 20s, the cheeks begin to sag due to the decrease in hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin that maintain the firmness and elasticity of the skin, so the nasolabial folds gradually start to stand out from the sides of the nose.

In the 40s , the nasolabial folds become more noticeable up to the mouth as the sagging becomes more serious with the addition of weakening of facial muscles and thinning of bones .

Nasolabial folds generally become more noticeable with age, but some people have more noticeable nasolabial folds than their age group. In general, there are individual differences not only in age but also in living environment, lifestyle, and how fat is attached to the face, and the condition of the nasolabial fold varies from person to person.

There are individual differences, but as a general example, I will explain the causes of nasolabial folds by age group.

The main cause of nasolabial folds in the 20s


If the skin has sufficient moisturizing power and has elasticity and elasticity to push back wrinkles, the nasolabial folds will not be noticeable except when laughing, but with dry skin, the elasticity of the skin will be lost and wrinkles will become more and more. It gets deeper and fixes the nasolabial fold .

The moisture of the skin is protected by the sebaceous membrane and epidermal layer that cover the surface of the skin. The sebaceous membrane and epidermis layer are only 0.2-0.3 mm thick. For example, if you scrub your face when you wash your face, it will easily lose the moisture that can damage your skin.

Skeleton distortion

The nasolabial fold is also affected by the skeleton being distorted due to chewing habits , dentition, and lifestyle habits , such as having a habit of wearing a cheek stick, sleeping with only one side facing, and eating only with one mouth.

Lots of subcutaneous fat on the cheeks

If you have a fluffy face, the nasolabial fold may be noticeable regardless of your age. This is the case when the cheeks are swelled due to a lot of fat and the grooves of the nasolabial fold are conspicuous.

In addition, it is said that a rapid diet that repeatedly loses weight and gains weight deteriorates the structure of adipose tissue and reduces the firmness and elasticity of the skin, causing wrinkles and sagging.

The main cause of nasolabial folds after 30s

Decreased skin firmness and elasticity (deterioration / reduction of collagen in the dermis layer)

Human skin has a three-layer structure of epidermis layer, dermis layer, and subcutaneous tissue (fat) from the outside, but the dermis layer is composed of about 70% of the fibrous protein "collagen". A jelly-like substance such as "hyaluronic acid" fills the space while holding water. A fibrous protein called "elastin" is also added to this to give the skin firmness and elasticity.

Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which give elasticity and elasticity to the skin and support the cheeks, deteriorate and decrease due to ultraviolet rays, stress, disorder of eating habits, aging, etc. , causing sagging of the cheeks. Will stand out.

Decline of facial muscles (facial muscles)

When the facial muscles (facial muscles) that support the skin and fat under the skin weaken , the skin and fat generally sag down and the nasolabial folds become more noticeable. Among the facial muscles, the muscles that are closely related to the nasolabial fold are the orbicularis oris muscle that surrounds the mouth and the zygomaticus muscle that extends from the corners of the mouth to the temples.

The weakening of facial muscles is also affected by aging, but people who are often expressionless, such as having few chances to laugh, are more likely to have nasolabial folds due to sagging.

Atrophy of facial bones

Bone density decreases with age, and thinning of bones also causes sagging, and nasolabial folds become more noticeable.

Thread lift according to the progress of the nasolabial fold

What is a thread lift that is effective for nasolabial folds?

Thread lift is a treatment method that puts a thread under the skin to raise the slack in the face and neck, and has an immediate effect on improving the nasolabial fold .

Face lift surgery, which uses a scalpel to make an incision, is said to be the most effective way to lift up the slack in the face. A thread lift, which is said to have a short time, was devised. The thread lift uses a fine needle to thread the thread through the skin, reducing the burden on the body .

The thread lift not only pulls up the subcutaneous tissue such as subcutaneous fat that has moved downward due to aging with a thread, but also regenerates the skin tissue around the inserted thread to generate collagen and elastin. Is activated, and can be expected to have effects such as improvement of fine wrinkles, firmness and elasticity of the skin, and tightening of pores .

Those who are suitable for thread lifts as an improvement of the nasolabial fold

  • Dry and not firm or elastic on the skin, worried about nasolabial folds
  • Loose pores stand out
  • The groove of the nasolabial fold is deep
  • There is a shadow due to slack rather than a line
  • If you pull the temples and cheeks a little with your fingers, the nasolabial folds will not be noticeable.
  • I'm worried about sagging cheeks
  • Not only the nasolabial fold but also the slack in the mouth (marionette line) is worrisome
  • I want to feel the effect immediately
  • I want to make the effect last longer
  • I want to improve skin quality such as firmness and luster
  • The treatment that doesn't cut is good

Thread lift is a treatment method that raises the slack to make the nasolabial fold less noticeable, but there are various types depending on the shape and material of the thread, and the pulling force and the duration of the effect also differ .

We will introduce thread lifts suitable for each according to the progress of the nasolabial fold.

The progress of the nasolabial fold and the type of thread lift that is suitable

Mild nasolabial fold:
Dry wrinkles in the mouth that are common in 20s
Moderate to severe nasolabial fold:
Shadows due to clear lines and sagging after 30s
Progress of the nasolabial fold Nasolabial folds are conspicuous when laughing, etc. Dry and not firm on the skin The skin begins to sag,
The state where the nasolabial fold stands out clearly even with a straight face

The slack has progressed considerably,
Shadows are created by sagging cheeks rather than lines
Types of thread lifts that are suitable A thread lift that puts threads without cogs into the skin shallowly to give the skin firmness and tighten it.

・ Shopping thread
Raise your cheeks with a thread lift that has a high pulling effect and puts a thread with cogs deep into the skin.

・ Happy lift ・ Mint lift ・ Silhouette software (3D lift)
・ MW dual lift, NCOG lift, VOV lift, test lift, etc.

Effect and duration of thread lifts by type

Thread lift suitable for mild nasolabial folds (no firmness on the skin, dry wrinkles in the mouth)

Types of thread lifts Shopping thread
Features of threads Short type absorbent thread thinner than hair
effect Increases skin firmness and elasticity, tightens loose pores
Duration of effect About 18 months
Price (per 50 bottles) Approximately 100,000 yen to 160,000 yen

Thread lift suitable for medium and higher nasolabial folds (clear lines, shadows due to sagging)

Types of thread lifts Happy lift Mint lift Silhouette soft (3D lift) MW dual lift NCOG lift VOV lift Tess lift
Features of threads Fine hair-like cogs (thorns) are symmetrically attached toward the center. Not the type that has a notch in the thread,
Structure with cogs (thorns) attached to the thread
Threads with bio-cones (conical protrusions) facing each other The thread and cog (thorn) are integrated and have high strength.
Slowly absorbed into the body
PCL (polycaprolactone) material
Cogs (thorns) are in a zigzag and easily get caught in the subcutaneous tissue and have a strong pulling force The end of the cog is rounded to reduce pain during insertion while pulling it up firmly. Reticulated 3D mesh and barb
effect Gently pull up the slack on the cheeks Because it is stronger than the notch type,
High lift-up effect
Since the protrusions are conical, you can firmly grasp the tissue at any angle of 360 degrees, and it is possible to lift up three-dimensionally and naturally. High lift-up effect,
Long-lasting effect
Firmly the part you want to pull up
The part where you want to keep the natural line is mildly lifted up
PCL slowly absorbed into the body
(Polycaprolactone) material has a long-lasting lifting effect
Barb (thorn) firmly grasps the subcutaneous tissue,
Firm and stable lift-up effect by getting the surrounding tissue into the 3D mesh
Duration of effect About 12 months About 8-12 months About 24 months About 24 months About 12 months About 24 months 8-12 months
Price (per bottle) Approximately 20,000 to 80,000 yen Approximately 25,000 to 50,000 yen Approximately 40,000 yen to 100,000 yen Approximately 25,000 to 35,000 yen 20,000 yen to 30,000 yen 20,000 yen to 50,000 yen 30,000 to 80,000 yen

Treatment to make nasolabial folds other than thread lifts inconspicuous

In addition to thread lift, face lift surgery, which is a cosmetic surgery using a scalpel, is another treatment to improve the nasolabial fold caused by sagging cheeks.

Face lift surgery with long downtime but high nasolabial fold improvement

Thread lift is a procedure in which a thread is threaded with a needle without using a scalpel to incise the skin, but face lift surgery involves surgically incising the skin in an inconspicuous area from the ear to the temple and pulling up the skin to sag. It is a treatment that eliminates the problem and requires hospitalization or outpatient treatment .

Downtime is estimated to be about two weeks due to swelling and internal bleeding caused by surgery . In addition, there is a risk of hematoma , in which blood accumulates under the skin due to surgery, and nerve damage because many nerves run on the face.

Benefits of improving the nasolabial fold with a thread lift

Less risk and shorter downtime compared to face lifts

Facelift surgery is said to be the most effective treatment to improve sagging, but there is a risk of nerve damage and downtime such as swelling and swelling can be a burden. The thread lift was devised there.

With the thread lift, the feeling of tension and other discomfort that occurs after the procedure disappears in about a week, and the needle marks caused by inserting the needle become less noticeable in a few days . Compared to the face lift, it is less burdensome to the body, and it can be said that it is easy for people who have difficulty taking a vacation for the treatment.

Physically pulls up the skin unlike irradiation-based cosmetology

Although the thread lift has a short downtime, it can be expected to have an immediate effect and a large lift-up effect by physically pulling up the skin.

In aesthetic medicine, in addition to thread lift and face lift surgery, there are also treatments such as high frequency treatment and HIFU treatment that tighten and lift the skin. High frequency treatment and hyphen treatment are treatments that improve sagging by contracting the fascia that covers the proteins and facial muscles of the skin with heat energy, and the effect of pulling up is mild compared to the thread lift that pulls up the sagging skin itself. ..

The nasolabial fold becomes deeper due to the sagging of the skin, but even if it is a deep nasolabial fold that is shadowed by the sagging instead of the line, it can be expected to improve by raising the sagging with a thread lift .

Precautions when receiving a thread lift to improve the nasolabial fold

If you receive a thread lift for the purpose of improving the nasolabial fold, the thread will be inserted from your cheeks to your temples, so do not open your mouth too large for one month after the procedure, and be careful when eating. Please give me. Also refrain from chewing gum. Avoid facial massage for about a month after the procedure .

  • Do not open your mouth as large as possible for one month after the procedure
  • Do not massage the face for 1 month after the treatment, including self-care and beauty treatments

Thread lift downtime and risk

It is important to avoid strenuous exercise and drinking alcohol on the day of the thread lift, and to follow the doctor's instructions for self-care after the procedure.

  • The sensation at the treatment site may become dull due to the effect of anesthesia, but it disappears in a few hours.
  • A feeling of tension or twitching may occur, but the discomfort disappears in about a week.
  • Swelling, internal bleeding, and redness may occur due to needle insertion, but they disappear in about 2 weeks.
  • The needle marks disappear in a few days, but if you are worried about it, it is safe to have a mask (protect with tape on the day of treatment)
  • The strain that pulls up the tissue of the skin may cause unevenness, but it will become familiar in about a month.
  • Makeup, face wash and shower are possible from the next day, bathing is possible after swelling has subsided

Thread lift is a less burdensome procedure than face lift surgery using a scalpel, but in rare cases it can cause inflammation and infections. If you experience pain, itchiness, numbness, or pus at the thread insertion slot, you may have inflammation or an infection, so please consult your doctor immediately.

Highly effective treatment when used in combination with a thread lift

The thread lift alone is effective in improving the nasolabial fold, but depending on the condition of the individual nasolabial fold, it is also effective to use it in combination with irradiation treatment or infusion treatment .

Irradiation treatment

Irradiation treatment with laser or high frequency

Laser and high frequency irradiation treatments use a machine to heat the dermis layer of the skin and activate the production of collagen and elastin .

When heat is applied to the dermis layer, which produces collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin in the skin, the wound healing power that tries to repair the heat-damaged part and its surroundings works. Since it can promote the accumulation of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin to keep the skin firm and fresh, it can be expected to have a firmness, pore shrinkage, tightening effect, and lift-up effect .

Those who are suitable for combined use of laser and high frequency treatment
  • In addition to the nasolabial fold, fine wrinkles are also noticeable
  • I want to tighten not only the nasolabial fold but the entire skin
  • Dry skin
  • I want to improve skin quality without firmness or luster

Irradiation treatment with HIFU

In the irradiation treatment with hyphen, the fascia covering the facial muscles (facial muscles) called the SMAS layer (superficial fascia group) existing under the skin is contracted by irradiating ultrasonic waves from under the skin. Raise the slack.

Since the hyphen also reaches the muscles, it can be expected to act on the sagging facial muscles and pull them up .

Those who are suitable for combined use of hyphen treatment
  • Those whose cheeks are totally sagging due to weakening of facial muscles
  • Those who are often expressionless and have stiff facial muscles

Injection treatment

If the bones become thin with aging, or if the subcutaneous fat is reduced and the cheeks are lumpy, hyaluronic acid injection is used together with the thread lift to compensate for the reduced subcutaneous tissue volume. By making the dents plump and raising the cheeks, the youthful appearance effect is improved.

Also, if you have a lot of subcutaneous fat on your cheeks and sagging, and the nasolabial folds are noticeable, it is effective to reduce the amount of fat with a lipolytic injection that destroys and reduces fat cells before thread lift.

Those who are suitable for combined use of infusion treatment

  • My cheeks are smoldering and look old
  • Lots of subcutaneous fat on the cheeks and sagging

Face lift surgery has the disadvantages of high downtime and high risk, but it can be said that it is highly effective in improving severe nasolabial folds because the treatment with the highest lift-up effect surely eliminates slack .

How to get better results with nasolabial fold measures

Nasolabial folds can be improved with thread lifts, but thread lifts have different effects depending on the type of thread and the shape and number of cogs (thorns), so the appropriate thread depends on the progress of each person's nasolabial fold. It is important to choose a lift .

In addition, since each person has a different balance of facial fat and skeleton, it is more effective to use other treatments such as injection treatment together with thread lift.

For better results, we recommend choosing a cosmetic surgery that has a variety of nasolabial fold improvement treatment menus for counseling.