4. How do Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) thread lifts differ from other thread lifts?
There are three types of threads in the medical aesthetics market and they are:
1. Polydioxanone or PDO threads
2. Poly-L-lactic acid or PLA threads
3. Poly-L-lactic acid and caprolactone or p(LA-CL) threads i.e. Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing)
Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) threads are made of poly-L-lactic acid and caprolactone, which gives greater elasticity and lower plasticity compared to PLA threads. This means, compared to PLA threads, Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) p(LA-CL) threads can return to their original shape and length even after dramatic facial movements, ensuring the longevity of the lifting effect.
Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) p(LA-CL) threads are also more effective than PLA threads. Like p(LA-CL) threads, PLA threads stimulate fibroblast formation where they are inserted, and are resorbed into the body after a period of time. However, p(LA-CL) threads have the ability to stimulate type 1 and type 3 collagen, while PDO and PLA threads can only stimulate type 1 collagen.
PDO threads are usually smooth with minimal barbing, while Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) barbed threads act as a hook to lift sagging skin, forming an effective support structure to keep it in place.
Compared to other threads which are inserted in a straight line, Happy Lift™ (Revitalizing) p(LA-CL) threads are also inserted using a unique technique called J Stitch, which increases the threads’ strength and efficiency for holding soft tissues in place. While PDO threads also stimulate fibroblasts in the skin, the effects last only up to six months.