Questions/Answers

Questions/Answers

If you have doubts or specific questions, please feel free to contact us so that we can answer your question directly at contact@springthread.com

 

Is Spring Thread® safe ?

From the beginning of the development of Spring Thread® in 2006 till its launch in 2007, Dr. Jean Frismand brought all his experience of implant engineering laboratories to provide High Quality and Safe service.

Spring Thread® is 100% made in France. The products undergo extensive testing, both during production during and after complete manufacturing. The company 1st SurgiConcept is ISO 13485 certified (Quality of Medical Devices) and the Spring Thread® range is CE marked (Class IIb Medical Device).

All components of Spring Thread® are biocompatible and have been used in implant surgery for more than 50 years.

Results in time: what to expect ?

Spring Thread® implants are permanent. Unlike other absorbable products, Spring Thread® results will last between 3 to 5 years, depending on each individual case. Even if the product has proven its effectiveness, it doesn’t perform ‘miracles’. It is the perfect solution for moderate to medium ptosis, but like every other product in the market, it does not prevent from tissue ageing. After some years of thread lifting, you will have the possibility to choose between several alternatives: no further treatment (the skin will grow old naturally), new thread implants, or opt for a surgical face lift or other rejuvenation techniques.

Which parts of my face and body can be treated ?

Spring Thread® products are suitable for face and body ptosis treatment (sagging). The areas that can be treated are:

 

Face: cheeks, cheekbones, jowls, face oval, eyebrows, neck.

 

Body: breasts, arms, buttocks, legs

What are the advantages of Thread Lifting ?

Compared to other techniques like surgical lifting, a Thread Lifting offers many advantages:

Local anaesthesia,

No hospitalization,

No scars,

No social eviction,

Reduced infection risk,

 Furthermore, the suspension effect exerts an upward force and is therefore particularly suitable for treating tissue sagging.

What are the advantages of Spring Thread® ?

Spring Thread® offers many advantages in comparison with other products on the market:

Flexible, our threads are easy to insert and do not cause any discomfort,

Elastic, they follow the facial movements,

Non-aggressive cogs, there is no pain risk when moving,

Permanent, the result lasts 2 to 3 times longer than other threads,

Large number of cogs providing strong anchorage. The tissues are effectively tightened.

The achieved result is exceptionally natural. The face remains very active, with a reshaped oval, revitalized lip contours and a more defined look around the eyes. No deadpan aspect.

What precautions to take before the procedure ?

There is no specific precaution or necessary treatment to take before a thread procedure.

However, it is essential that you ask your practitioner all necessary questions so that you can be fully informed about the threads and the implantation procedure before treatment. The doctor will ask you to wash your hair with disinfectant shampoo on the day of the procedure and prescribe a mild sedative in order to help you remain relaxed.

Which practitioners are authorized to implant Spring Thread® ?

Spring Thread® has a rigorous process for selecting, training and authorizing doctors and surgeons to perform Spring Thread® procedures.

To find an authorized Spring Thread® practitioner, click here.

What is the post-procedure care ?

After a Spring Thread® procedure, a few days of rest are recommended:

Keep jaw movements to a minimum,

Try to sleep on your back,

Wash your face in an upward direction only,

Do not massage the skin,

Avoid sauna and hammam.

In addition, it is possible that a slight oedema (swelling), some redness, or bruising may occur. This will disappear within few days. Some skin folds may also appear. These result from threads tightening. It will disappear within a few days.

Is the Spring Thread® procedure painful ?

The procedure is generally performed under local anaesthesia and sometimes under a light sedation if the patient is feeling anxious.

The thread implant procedure is pain-free. No pain is experienced during thread insertion.

What is Spring Thread® made of ?

Spring Thread® is a 100% made in France product. It is CE marked (Class IIb Medical Device, in accordance with the directive 93-42 CE) and the company 1st SurgiConcept® complies with the ISO 13485 standards which guarantees a full Quality Management System throughout the whole manufacturing process.

The Spring Thread® is made of a polyester core on which medical grade silicone cogs are molded. This ensures a controlled elasticity of about 20%. The molded silicone in numerous 4 directional cogs procures elasticity and suppleness for an easy and precise setting, achieving a natural result.

Silicone: why is it the safest material ?

Silicone is amongst one of the most chemically inert component used in implantation surgery for years. The silicone used for Spring Thread® is a medical grade solid silicone, which bears no relation to liquid silicone.

Are permanent threads removable, even after years ?

Once the threads are in place, it takes some days before the fibrosis process starts. This is why, in case of over correction, your practitioner will be able to unhook some of the cogs after the thread implantation. Beyond this period of about one week, the fibrosis phenomenon occurs around the threads, making their anchorage much stronger. It is therefore more difficult to unhook, but it is still possible to remove the threads, even years later.

What are the after-effects of the procedure ?

The post procedure effects are minimal and normal activity may be resumed the following day. A feeling of skin tightness is common, along with the occurrence of oedema and occasionally, bruising. These symptoms disappear within a short time. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and/or analgesics are generally prescribed.

Skin folds whether large or small, depending on the extent of the tightening, will disappear in a few days following the procedure.

In all cases, a follow-up visit has to be planned with your practitioner during the week following the procedure.

Thread Lifting, what are the real expected outcomes ?

The effectiveness of our thread is due to 4 major innovations: Elasticity, Flexibility, Good fixation & long term action.

The result of tissue lifting is immediate and does not alter facial features. The results improve over time. The optimal result is achieved 2 months after the thread procedure, which is the required time for final tissue reorganizing.

Spring Thread lifting is the ideal procedure to obtain natural and long lasting effect.

Which indication for the best results ?

It is important to mention that thread lifting main indication is mild to moderate ptosis correction for middle-aged persons looking for tissue elevation and volume restoration. Thanks to Spring Thread® technical characteristics, the threads are very strong and resistant but not suitable for an over wrinkled or too saggy skin. In that case, your practitioner will recommend a full surgical lifting or another adapted procedure.

 

What is the cost of Thread Laying procedure ?

As many aesthetic treatments, the cost of the procedure depends on many factors:

-Number of areas to be treated,

-Number and type of inserted threads,

-Combined treatment.

During the first consultation, your doctor will provide you his recommendations and an accurate quotation.

The price can vary between €2,000 and €4,000 depending on the number of threads inserted, the type of practitioner and the location of the Clinic. 

Why Thread Laying procedure is easy to recommend to patients ?

There are no medically based disadvantages of thread lifting procedures once you select the good indication. The important point is patient selection: It is necessary to know when to refuse patients who have unrealistic expectations.

If the skin is too thin and wrinkled, the result will not be acceptable.

If the skin is thick and too ‘heavy’, the result will be unsatisfactory.

In case of ptosis on middle aged patient with good mental balance, the results are highly qualitative.

Is more than one session necessary ?

Only one session is necessary. More threads may be implanted a few years later, if required.

What can I expect ?

You can expect a totally natural, younger appearance. In addition to this result which occurs after 2 to 3 months, it is interesting to note that the skin slackens much more slowly due to long lasting hypodermic support. This is very apparent after years.

What are the advantages of Thread Lifting technique ?

Skin tightening with suspension threads is a new solution for men and women who are still relatively young, but desire ‘long-lasting’ rejuvenation and do not wish to resort to surgery.

Spring Thread® enables the retightening of the oval of a tired, relatively young face and can be considered as an alternative to a surgical facelift.

Suspension threads today represent an additional, effective and radical technique in the overall management of the ageing process of the face. In combination with fillers, peelings and photo therapies, they offer an effective medical tool in the struggle against ageing signs, without being in direct competition with surgical procedures.

The main advantages of this medical lifting, using skin tightening threads as a rejuvenation technique, are:

Suitable for both men and women,

For patients aged from 35 years, to over 70s…,

No scars, as no surgery is required,

No general anaesthesia and, therefore, no hospitalization,

Very natural results,

No change in facial features,

Completely discrete,

Safe for smokers,

Possibility of re-tightening after a few years, by adjusting the threads already in place (if these are non absorbable),

Possibility of performing a blepharoplasty procedure at the same time,

Simple procedure,

Pain-free procedure (without surgery and under local anaesthesia),

Short recovery period (about 2 to 3 days).

Therefore, the implantation of skin tightening suspension threads is a medical procedure for facial rejuvenation which can be considered as an alternative to surgical facelift.

Thread Lift vs Surgical Lift: what, why and who ?

The ageing of the face is essentially due to 2 phenomena:

Tissue involution: loss of tissue density. It can be compensated with injections to restore lost volume, either botulinum toxin for the upper part of the face, or by using hyaluronic acid for other parts.

As a result, the reasons for undergoing surgical facelifts have substantially decreased.

 Saggy tissues: also called ptosis. It is the perfect indication for Thread Lifting. This technique, which does not require incisions, can be described as ‘transcutaneous’. The skin tightening threads enable tissue mobilization towards the upper part of the face, lifting the tissues. There is no need to cut the skin to trim it or the need for in-depth detachment to mobilize it. The vascular flow is maintained, which is essential for skin quality.

 Surgical facelift, which requires skin removal and repositioning of muscles, is an effective technique for the lower part of the face and the neck. It is suitable for mature or damaged skins but sometimes causes significant scarring, as it is a complex procedure.

The thread lift procedure tightens the skin and stimulates collagen production, restoring its elasticity:

It upwardly repositions the facial structure to prevent tissue sagging (downward sliding of surface tissue over deep tissue, accompanied by a relative lengthening of tissue surface). 

It helps to fight cutaneous and subcutaneous ageing: all facial sagging, from the age of 35 to later in life (over 70 years of age).

Is Spring Thread® treatment made for me ?

The implantation of skin tightening threads is suitable for both men and women who are still relatively young, between the age of 35 and 70 years, and for whom a surgical facelift would be premature, or for older people who would not consider a complex surgical procedure and whose skin is suitable.

Indications by area:

Ptosis (sagging) of the cheekbones and cheeks,

Nasolabial folds removal (lines which run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth),

Bitterness fold improvement (lines at the corners of the mouth),

Eyebrow tail raising,

Face oval correction,

Sagging and folds in the neck treatment,

Paired indications:

Cheekbones Lifting & nasolabial folds removal,

Face oval improvement & removal of the bitterness fold (marionette line),

How do Threads impact ageing ?

The ageing phenomenon is physiologically complex. It can, however, be summarized in 3 main points:

  1. Loss of volume,
  2. Deterioration of skin quality,
  3. Ptosis (sagging).

The lifting procedures only act on the ptosis, and therefore only have a partial impact on the overall management of the ageing process (although there is a partial correction of volume, probably linked to the activation of collagen synthesis driven by the threads).

 The skin is tightened and the face oval is redefined, the features are accentuated, the cheekbones are more prominent, the wrinkles are reduced.

Threads do not affect muscles. Therefore, there is no change in facial expression, which remains natural and coordinated.

The result is a completely fresh look with tight-restored tissues.

Facial rejuvenation is significant: the results are immediate, 90% arise during the week following the procedure, after which it is necessary to return to the clinic for possible adjustments. The final result will be effective during the 2 to 3 months following the procedure.

The results will last for several years: approximately 1 year for absorbable threads; 3 to 5 years for permanent threads.