Thread Embedding Acupuncture is the latest and revolutionary form of facial acupuncture aiming to eliminate wrinkles, increase the thickness of skin, tighten sagging skin, rejuvenate and lift the skin. This method originated in South Korea and gradually spread throughout the world.
Thread Embedding Acupuncture is the most effective method of facial acupuncture for lifting the skin and improving skin elasticity. It stimulates collagen production. Collagen fibers are the major components of the connective tissue in skin, which are involved in maintaining the skin elasticity and firmness.
According to the research conducted by Younghee Yun and Inhwas Choi, thread embedding acupuncture shows “clinical potential for facial wrinkles and laxity.” Furthermore, a study done by Yoon-Jung Kim & et al in 2015 showed that Thread Embedding acupuncture “can have anti-photoaging effects on UVB-induced (ultraviolet B) skin damage.”
“I booked my appointment at Dr.Zahra’s clinic in North Van. She was very kind, professional, patient and made me very comfortable. So my first appointment I had only 30 threads on my cheeks and I looked great so I booked another appointment with her 2 weeks later this time for 70 threads and the result was even better than my first treatment. So I came back 2 more times to put more threads on my forehead, temples and lower cheeks area to lift, tighten and plump my skin. I really love the result!! In total over 4 treatments I have 225 threads in total and they’re absolutely worth it.”
Thread Embedding Acupuncture is a non-surgical technique performed by using fine acupuncture needles. The procedure requires two steps: first is the application of topical anesthetic cream on the face where the treatment procedure is done. Second, is the implanting the threads under the skin.
PDO Thread Embedding or “thread lift” was originated from the traditional acupuncture therapy, used to stimulate tissue rejuvenation. In this procedure, fine needles pre-loaded with dissolvable PDO (polydioxanone) threads are injected into the skin with the use of special acupuncture needles. PDO is a protein-based material that is widely used in medical suturing and the PDO threads are absorbable. This method is extremely safe and minimally invasive. It has minimum downtime and is considered excellent in treating sagging skin. The lengths of the needles and the threads vary depending on the purpose they serve. The thickness of the needles used at our clinic is 23G-29G.
PDO threads dissolve into your body between 3 to 4 months and during this period of time, your skin generates networks of collagen and elastin fibers around these threads, resulting in a umber of benefits, such as:
– Substantial wrinkle reduction
– Tightened skin pores
– Improved skin tone
– Improved skin color
– Slowing down skin aging
– Rejuvenated skin
– Hydrated skin
– Lifted sagging skin
– Slowing down skin photoaging
Mono threads are a type of PDO threads that can used in different parts of the face including forehead lines, eye brow lifting, under eyes, crows’ feet, above the lips and on the neck to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, Mono threads improve the blood circulation to the local areas on the face and improve discoloration under the eyes as well. Mono threads last between 3-4 months under the skin and then get reabsorbed. During this period of 3-4 months they continuously trigger collagen and elastin production and smooth the lines and wrinkles.
The most amazing and revolutionary development in the thread lifting procedure is the Barbed Cog threads. These threads have several microscopic hooks along the length of the thread (like branches of tree) which make them hang onto the skin and hold and support the tissues along the entire length of the thread.
The difference between Mono and Barbed Cog threads is in their shape. During the insertion of Mono threads, needles are removed immediately from the skin and threads remain under skin. However, Barbed Cog threads, as their name suggests, have several microscopic hooks along threads that serve the purpose of hooking up to the skin; therefore, they serve the purpose of immediate lifting of the skin especially the jowls and cheeks (naso-labial fold). These barbed cog threads are also PDO threads that are reabsorbed by the body within 6-8 months and according to the research, results last between 2-3 years.
In this procedure, a 23G needle preloaded with Barbed Cog thread is used and directly inserted it under the skin in the temples on each side; therefore, there is no need to make a punch or incision into the hairline in order to push the needles through. The number of the Barbed Cog threads and their length depends on the size of the patient’s face.
The Thread Embedding procedure is relatively pain-free. Topical anesthetic and in some cases injectable anesthetics are used prior to the procedure. The PDO threads are not dangerous and they impose no side effects on the body. Thread Embedding may cause some temporary redness, swelling and bruising as a result of the insertion. However, different individuals can react differently to the treatment. These side effects will disappear within a few days. There are no cuts and no incision involved in this procedure; therefore, there is no scarring. Book a consultation to learn more about the process and if if this is the right treatment for you.
Consider Thread Embedding Acupuncture if you want to have a tighter, and more youthful look!
If you are looking for an acupuncture clinic in the North Shore, Zahra will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Our North Vancouver acupuncture clinic is conveniently located at Access Health & Wellness Centre, at Lonsdale Avenue.