So I did something crazy! Just 10 days before my Korea trip, I decided to check if I needed my jaw botox done again because my hubby said my face was looking squarish again. I had a consultation with one of the medical directors, Dr Israr Wong. He then recommended a Korean V Lift which is thread lifting, made popular by Korean surgeon and aesthetic dermatologist, Dr Kwon Han Jin. This new technique involved the use of a larger number of smaller threads and is extremely popular among celebrities.
Read all about my recovery process and what I think of this procedure.
So I was pretty game to try out thread lift. I knew that Dr Israr Wong specialises in thread lifting and he had been personally trained by Korean surgeon and aesthetic dermatologist, Dr Kwon Han Jin himself. So I was basically in good hands.
First, the nurse gives me some medication which included supplements to speed up healing, antibiotics and pain killers prior to the treatment. These were also prescribed to me so that I could continue taking them after the treatment.
In preparation for the procedure, numbing cream was applied and left on my face for approximately 20 minutes.
Dr Wong starts by marking the areas to work on on my face. Before we begin, he administers small injections to block the nerves on my face to further reduce pain by preventing signals from being sent to the brain.
Dr Wong then begins the threadlift procedure on one side of my face first so that I could do a comparison with my other side. I noticed an immediate lifting effect which caused my right cheek to look much slimmer than the other. Was my cheeks really that fat and saggy!?!?
Throughout the entire procedure, I felt some slight mild discomfort. Most of the jabs felt like tiny pricks which were still tolerable.
Once we were done with the thread-lifting, Dr Wong proceeds to work on my nose bridge. I had nose fillers done previously. Even after 2 years, there was still a little bit of fillers left in my nose area which had however shifted down to the sides, causing my nose to look wider. This is a common issue with fillers as they sometimes tend to shift around.
Threadlift for nose involves making a little needle puncture and putting in between 4-6 ultra strong threads . It’s more suitable for those with a higher nose bridge and wants the ‘highlighter’ effect.
Therefore, an advantage of getting thread lifting on your nose bridge is that it would create not only a higher nose bridge but also a slimmer looking nose. Sometimes, the doctor might combine the use of both threadlift and fillers for the nose, depending on the individual patient’s requirement.
The amazing thing about this Korean Ultra V-Lift procedure is how instant the results are. You can see a distinct V-shape caused by the lifting from the threadlift in the AFTER photo. My nose bridge is also more distinct and I can’t wait for my jaw botox to show its effect after a month. However, swelling is most likely to take place very soon and it would hide the results.
I’m still feeling slightly numb due to the effects of the numbing cream. My face feels taut and I try to control my facial movements so that I do not affect the threads. However, I was not prepared for the extent of my swelling that would take place over the next few days. Here’s a very important tip, please sleep on an elevated pillow if you have had thread lift done!
DAY 1 after the treatment: Both cheeks still showing some light swelling, nose bridge is also still swollen with slight bruising on the top. But as you can see, there is nothing which some concealer can’t hide. No one really notices the difference in my features at work, which is a good thing. I try to keep a straight face and will continue doing so for the rest of the week till everything “settles down”.
DAY 2 after treatment: I’m not sure if it is due to the pressure of my spectacles on my nose bridge or the way I slept last night. But today I woke up looking like Elmo. My nose looks more swollen than the previous day. I could not recognize myself in the mirror. I guess I will need to use more ice packs for cold compression. I also sleep with an additional pillow tonight to elevate my head to reduce the swelling.
DAY 3 after treatment: My efforts to reduce swelling has paid off. I’m so happy that the swelling has gone down significantly especially around the nose area. I expect to continue looking like a mini puffer fish for the next 2 or 3 days. My nose still has some slight bruising and jab marks which are absolutely NORMAL. I’m quite excited and can’t wait to see the final results. Dr Wong had mentioned that it would look even better after 3 months.
Day 4 after treatment: Swelling has gone down even more on both nose and cheeks. I have been sleeping on two pillows and doing cold compression diligently before and after work. My face still feels kind of tight but I am able to make more movements with my mouth as compared to the first few days. But I try not to smile or laugh too much though because I do not want to risk loosening the threads.
Day 8 after treatment: Basically since day 4 onwards, I am starting to look less puffy and more like myself. I have stopped the cold compressions and the bruises on my cheeks are also starting to fade. The prick marks on my nose are also healing well.
To be honest, I was quite upset during the first week where everything seemed swollen. I was even starting to regret my decision but then fast forward three weeks and BAM! It was all worth it! I love how slim my face looks, I do not need to wait for the effects of botox to kick in because it is already V-shaped now. And I look that my nose looks better now with that little lift in the front.
Dr Wong also mentioned that the thread lift results would get better in 3 months time. So I will be updating again and we shall see how my face would turn out with the combination of jaw botox and Korean V Lift. On top of these two procedures, I also had chin fillers done to accentuate the V-shape effect.
See the results after 2 months in my Update Post.
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