Plastic surgery and invasive Aesthetic procedures aren’t for everyone but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for a little help in your quest to age gracefully. The days of overdone aesthetic procedure looks due to over volumisation are long gone and in its place is a quest for a more natural look. Luckily for women looking to refresh their appearance without major surgery, injections, or laser treatments, there are more minimally invasive solutions available in the modern era.

The next-generation APTOS thread lift procedure is one such treatment. Touted as a non-surgical alternative to traditional face-lift surgery for the face, neck, or jowls, the thread lift is ideal for helping to lift the skin, reducing sagging, as well as increase and restore volume to the midface and cheek area.

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Dr Jan Nel, a specialist in non-surgical injectables, aims to keep a natural but younger fresher appearance for his patients by using APTOS. In 1999 the permanent lifting thread APTOS was created from polylactic acid, caprolactone, and hyaluronic acid. APTOS threads allow doctors to achieve the effects of plastic surgery without the anesthesia, incisions and extended recovery time, yet it gives almost the same results without that overdone look and downtime.

The beauty of Hyaluronic Acid HA in APTOS is that it accelerates healing and inflammation. Together with the action of the threads, it stimulates collagen and elastin fibers. You will notice a significant improvement in not only the lifting of saggy skin but also your skin quality. The threads, as well as the HA, are Bio-compatible, which means your skin will recognize it as natural with a consequential low adverse effect profile.

What does this non-surgical treatment involve?

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Thread lifting is an easy way to smooth wrinkles and tighten sagging skin without surgery. The procedure involves using a large needle to insert threads (which have small cones/graspers on them) under the skin, into the soft tissues. The thread are then pulled tight, lifting the skin into a more ‘youthful’ position. As a result, the face is refined, volume restored, and the effects of ageing are significantly reduced.

The procedure is done under local anaesthesia and typically takes 30 minutes to an hour. The procedure requires only two to three days downtime due to post-operative swelling and bruising. Unlike a traditional surgical face-lift, the thread lift doesn’t involve big incisions or deep-tissue manipulation, making it more like the process of getting fillers rather than the ‘trauma’ of getting an invasive procedure like a facelift. These days, the procedure is mostly done using absorbable threads which dissolve naturally while the skin starts to produce more collagen and elastin, giving a longer-lasting result.

Are you a good candidate for the APTOS Threadlift?

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Thread lifts can be used to treat several different areas, to help smooth horizontal and vertical forehead wrinkles, lift the brow and outer eyebrow area, and restoring volume to sagging cheeks. They can also smooth lines around the mouth and tighten sagging skin under the lower jaw, lift and rejuvenate various parts of the body. Results are evident immediately after the procedure and can last from 1,5 to 5 years, depending on the thread composition.

The best candidates for a thread lifting are men and women aged 35 to 55 who have relatively good skin tone with a little sagging. If there is too much loose skin, then surgery may be the best option. Of course, it’s vital to have a consultation with your doctor before the procedure to discuss the best options for you.

Observations from Dr Jan Nel:

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Dr Jan Nel is a General & Aesthetic Practitioner from GenPrac, specialising in non-surgical injectables. With an A-list clientele he strives to enhance without patients ever looking ‘done’.

Dr Nel has personally seen great results in lifting as well as improvement of skin texture in his patients above 60 years of age and who do not want any surgery done. “I have worked with APTOS for the last year and a half – it was launched in South Africa at the end of 2018 – and in my personal and professional opinion, I can honestly say that this semi-permanent device is revolutionary to our business,” says Dr Nel.

“The finding doctor, Dr Marlen Sulamanidze – a plastic surgeon from Georgia, has put in 50 years of his life developing and refining this device. APTOS practitioners are continuously trained on current and new developments and techniques. Where we focused a few years back on correcting volume loss before addressing saggy skin, our approach has changed to the opposite; lift first then address volume loss as indicated.” Dr Nel added.

For information on the APTOS Thread Lift contact GenPrac.

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