Threadlift’s understated problem: Pain!

Threadlift’s understated problem

Threadlift’s understated problem: Pain!

When it comes to the negatives of doing threadlifts, the discussion often revolves around pricing, effectiveness, duration of its effects etc. However, one very critical aspect of threadlifts that seem to be ignored is pain. Granted, everyone who is going a face threadlift has probably already researched enough to know it CAN be a relatively painful procedure.

Fig. Don't underestimate bruising.

 Don't underestimate bruising

But why is it so painful post-op? What factors directly affect it? Why do some people end up looking very bruised? Not always the easiest of questions to answer but an article that was recently published by famed aesthetic surgeon Dr Lee Mun Heng might provide some clues. In his blog post, he discusses how to avoid painful, bruising threadlifts in Singapore.

If you decide to skip reading his post, thinking its probably along the lines of “aiyah just find a skillful and experienced surgeon right?” Well you’ll be surprised. Not that there’s anything wrong to have a good name behind the procedure (in fact you better get a good surgeon), but the focus is insightfully geared towards the technical aspects of threadlifts: the anesthesia, the needles and the threads.

Most people take anesthesia very lightly. They feel that as long as the procedure is pain-free or at least largely mitigated, they don’t really care about the choice of anesthesia.

But it actually matters. General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation methods are of course the most pain free but they can have serious side effects. Numbing creams on the other hand are not as effective. The healthy balance? Local Anesthesia is Dr Lee’s advice. When performed adequately well, LA is sufficient in blocking out most of the discomfort and pain while avoiding the side effects of GA and sedation.

How about needles and threads then? Interestingly, despite the obvious role of anesthesia in minimizing or eliminating pain, this only controls the level of pain during the procedure. To safely and effectively dodge a BRUSING threadlift AFTER the procedure requires the understanding of the use of needles and threads. As Dr Lee explains, threads are come in various lengths, thickness and materials. The important thing to note though, is that the choice of using smaller, thinner threads vs. stronger, bigger, thicker threads can make a lot of difference in avoiding bruising.

The basic understanding is that smaller and thinner needles will generally cause a lack of bruising and even see praise from effective results that scream easy, simple and recommended. While factual, Dr Lee explains that smaller threads are only most effective in the not-so-serious cases. When it comes to heavily sagging faces? Bigger, strong and thicker threads is his suggestion. Unsurprisingly, he also often prefers to use them despite himself highlighting the cognitive difficulty and requirement of “good anchoring techniques”.

One tidbit you can take away from this is that you can identify the type of thread used by looking out for barbs and hooks. As the authority himself says, “Most long and thick threads come with some sort of hooks or barbs”.

Finally, one thing he hasn’t always directly mentioned (which we will) is skill. Yes, we talked about how this isn’t just about the surgeon’s skill but reputation obviously counts for something here in Singapore. Our parting advice would be to remember these points and not blindly focus on just looking good. If you are not careful, you’ll end up looking bruised instead.