Breakthroughs are happening frequently in the cosmetic surgery industry – two recent medical developments which could become the next big thing in the business are the silhouette thread face lift and platelet rich plasma therapy.
Silhouette Thread Face Lift
The silhouette thread face lift uses a type of suture material that has been used in medical procedures for some years now, polylactic acid, as it is fully dissolvable, absorbable and encourages the body’s own collagen to build up around the suture itself.
Current types of thread lift tend to need some small incisions and the sutures are not always dissolvable, whereas with this procedure only a very fine needle is required to insert the threads just under the skin. These threads hold to the surrounding tissue using small cones, also made of the polylactic acid material, increasing the biostimulation effect in which the body produces more collagen in that area.
This means the healing time is much shorter and there is hardly any swelling or visible sign, except of course for the lift effect which is seen immediately around the problem areas, such as the cheek and jawline.
The results should last up to around 12-18 months depending on the age of the patient and the elasticity of their tissues. Although this may not sound like a very long time, this is a minimally invasive procedure which leaves no scars and can easily be repeated.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Facelift
Another contender is the platelet rich plasma therapy facelift. This uses a patient’s own blood plasma and stem cells to rejuvenate their facial skin, reducing lines and improving overall texture.
The technology originates in the medical profession where it has been used for wound healing and injury repair in recent years. It has proved very successful and there are now signs that it could be just as easily and successfully applied in the cosmetic surgery industry.
During the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken and then spun centrifugally so that it separates into plasma and other elements. The plasma is rich in platelets which release healing enzymes and provoke responses in the tissues which attract stem cells to create a repairing action, for example on skin which is damaged by sun or time.
The plasma is injected into the skin layers to activate these processes and over time the results can be dramatic. A big advantage of the procedure is that there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the substances used as they are derived from the patient’s own blood.
Usually around three treatments are required, about a month apart and initial results can sometimes be seen within a few weeks. The full effect does not become apparent until a few months after the final treatment when the cells have had time to fully renew. From this point, the visual benefits should then last for around two years and can easily be topped up once a year or so.
All these factors make these two breakthroughs good candidates for the next big popular choices in the cosmetic procedure marketplace and could result in customers going for these less invasive procedures rather than full surgical facelifts.
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