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Aptos Thread provides an alternative to existing invasive surgical procedures, resulting in no scars, less bruising, quicker recovery time and a more natural look. Before Aptos Thread, the only resource available was the traditional facelift with all the accompanying risks, trauma, suffering, prolonged healing, recovery time and high cost.

The basic treatment concept is simple. 'Feather weight' high resistance prolene thread anchors itself to the facial tissue as the doctor lifts the appropriate sagging anatomical structures to obtain the desired younger look.

The facial features will remain perfectly 'anchored' in their new position for years to come. The threads can undergo adjustment in later years to maintain your natural and youthful appearance making this procedure invaluable. This non-surgical procedure was developed in 1999 by a Russian cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Marlen Sulamanidze.

The Treatment

The procedure involves facial lifting, (not pulling) which is achieved using Aptos threads. The Aptos threads are made of a monofilament material called 'polypropylene'. Threads are designed with directional cogs.

Once inserted under the skin, the Aptos thread will form a permanent support structure for the tissue of the face, by lifting and contouring it. Nasolabial folds ('smile lines') are the deep folds which run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth that often appear as one of the first signs of ageing. They can dramatically improve as the cheeks are raised and the jowls retracted.

Younger people with more prominent, fuller cheeks may also have defined nasolabial folds. Treatment results will depend on the severity of the condition, volume of the cheek, skin elasticity and thickness.

Aptos threading is safe and quick (as little as 20 - 30 minutes). It is performed under local anaesthesia with the patient remaining comfortable and conscious throughout. There is no 'surgery' involved; rather the Aptos threads are inserted using a fine needle. Threading is placed deep into the subcutaneous tissue along the lines/imperfection where the new contour is desired. As little as three threads will significantly raise the cheek and two threads, correctly placed will draw back the jowls.

The procedure, sometimes referred to as Featherlift or Feathering, can also be used to raise the brow and pull back the neck. The Featherlift is useful for clients with drooping soft tissue of the face and neck, those with weakly pronounced aesthetic contours, younger people with flaccid or flat faces, and for people with prematurely aged faces and necks.

The lifting effects of the treatment will not be immediately apparent following treatment. The effects will improve with time as the body's natural collagen forms around the threads.

Qualified doctors will discuss the procedure before any treatment, explaining any possible side effects.

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