Thread Lift Kuala Lumpur – The Revolutionary K-Lift
No doubt, the effects of ageing continue to creep up on me. Wrinkles, lack of plumpness, sagging skin, and, oh, a new one – drooping brow – all have me mildly ruffled. The latest grievance, however, has begun to form an almost second lid over my eye. I am guessing it can’t be fixed with Botox or filler, so apart from a facelift, what’s left?
I consult with Dr Kuljit from Damansara Heights Wellness Clinique (DHWC) who confirms my suspicions that Botox and fillers will not do the trick for the sagging brow. He proposes a kind of thread lift; a pimped up, super-safe version that he has invented called the K-Lift.
An Alternative to a Thread Lift Kuala Lumpur – The K-Lift
What is a K-Lift?
I’ve heard of thread lifts in Kuala Lumpur but what is a K-Lift? In Dr Kuljit’s words, “The K-Lift is a transcutaneous facelift that lifts the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (*SMAS). The K-Lift is a minimal, a-traumatic procedure with minimal downtime. “
Translated, “Basically, a thread is inserted into the SMAS, a sheet of the fibrous network that lays between the skin and muscle, and when pulled up, it reverses the sag because the skin, connected to it, does not feel the effects of gravity. It doesn’t hurt too much, is minimally invasive and downtime is not long either.”
How is the K-Lift different to a thread lift?
Thread lifts in Kuala Lumpur are usually inserted under the skin (subdermal), and results are short term. In a K-Lift, the thread goes deeper into the SMAS. This results not only in more extended durability but also in fibrous tissue growth along with stimulating collagen. The K-Lift repositions sagging tissue and lasts for anywhere between one to three years. In contrast, thread lifts temporarily lift the skin, but within a year the sag will return due to gravity. K-Lifts can be done for the breasts, body, buttocks, chin, nose, eyebrows, midface, neck and non-surgical otoplasty (ear).
Another advantage the K-Lift has over a thread lift in KL is that if the patient doesn’t like the results (too tight, too loose), the doctor can go back in and rectify the issue. Conversely, because of nodules and placement of traditional PDO or PLLA threads, they are more troublesome to extract.
Even more, a reason to consider a K-Lift over a thread lift in Kuala Lumpur is that PDO or PLLA threads are not secured down to anything; they can migrate from the initial point of placement. These threads can also poke out of the skin. Success is highly dependent on the skill of the doctor and the patient’s skin type. K-Lifts are secured to deep tissue and tendon, so the lift is stronger, and K-Lift threads have nowhere to run.
You can see a quick comparison below of the results and durability of standard thread lifts compared with a K-Lift.
PDO lasts 6-9 months. Textile strength 2-3 months.
PLLA lasts 12-18 months. Textile strength 4-6 months.
Dr Kuljit’s K-Lift lasts from 12 months up to 3 years. Textile strength for 12 months.
What are the pros and cons of a K-Lift?
Long-lasting – one to three years
Results continue to improve up to six months as there is fibre growth securing the lift, as well as collagen stimulation
K-Lifts reach deeper tissues (depending on the area), which allows for the superficial derma (skin) to follow the lift and tighten around the area.
There is minimal trauma to the area treated
If the patient doesn’t like the results (too tight, too loose), the doctor can go back in and rectify the issue.
Bruises are minimal.
Sutures (stitches) are carefully hidden (in the case of my brow lift, the incision is hidden in the hairline).
Depending on the position of the K-Lift, patients may require nerve blocks or local anaesthetic.
K-Lifts must be done in a sterile operating room. The cost for a proper procedure like this goes up because of the hygienic environment needed.
What are the three most important things to evaluate when considering a K-Lift?
At my age, 45, I am a good candidate for the K-Lift. I have enough sag for the treatment to reap results, but the droopy skin is in isolated areas – it has not yet affected my entire face. I am fit and healthy, reducing further the small chance of complications, and my expectations are for a subtle lift of the brow. I am certainly not anticipating turning into Nicole Kidman post-procedure.
I usually find doctors oversell pain and undersell downtime. In the case of this alternative to a thread lift in Kuala Lumpur, the K-Lift, I found the predictions to be largely accurate. The most pain during the procedure was the injection of the local anaesthetic. After that, I felt a dull pressure and definitely knew something was going on. This did not, however, cause any suffering.
Immediately afterwards, I felt fine but was sent home with a bundle of medication and told to rest. It wasn’t until that evening that I started to feel a dull ache. Taking the painkillers took care of that, and I continued to use them for the following three days.
While the achy pain disappeared, the entry and exit points were still sensitive to the touch (applying make-up) for about a week more. Now, a month on, if I push hard in those spots, they feel mildly tender – so I guess I should just stop doing that.
Post K-Lift care included gentle washing and application of antibiotic cream to the incision points. Besides the prescribed medications (analgesics, anti-inflammatories), an ice pack assisted with the swelling. I wasn’t told to do so, but I chose to sleep with my head slightly elevated to further assist in the reduction of the inflammation. Other than that, I returned to regular exercise (a little lighter than usual) and other activities such as applying full make-up three days later.
From a doctor’s viewpoint, when there are no complications, there is zero downtime. This means that you are up and can return to regular activities as soon as the procedure is complete.
Considering appearance, and the fact that my swollen forehead resembled a praying mantis for several days, I would say reserve a minimum of three days in the quiet of your own home. I’d put aside up to a week before attending special events, especially ones where you might be photographed, to be on the safe side.
All of this information is well and good but in the end, what counts is results, right? Take a close look at the before and after photos of my left and right brow below. You can see that fold that had begun to cover my lid is completely gone. My eyes look more open and much brighter. Colleagues and friends noted that I looked well-rested, but the effects were not that severe that they suspected I had “done something.”
Six-month update: I still maintain most of the benefits but I do notice my brow starting to lose the lift.
One-year update: My brow has nearly returned to its original droop.
Conclusion: the K-lift made an excellent and immediate difference to my appearance, lastly approximately six months. It gradually faded to its original position over a year. I don’t imagine it’s a procedure you would want to undergo on a yearly basis. However, it was worth trying and I was pleased with the results while they lasted.
The procedure I had cost RM3,000 for the brows. Depending on the lift it could go up to RM5,000. Depending on how many threads are used and the number of areas treated, it could cost up to RM15,000 to tackle the entire face.
K-Lift – An Alternative to a Thread Lift in Kuala Lumpur – Review
Considering the durability and results of the K-Lift, I think it is value-for-money, especially compared to a regular thread lift in Kuala Lumpur. Even in comparison to Botox and fillers, the price is excellent for the length of effects. If you can spare a minimum of three days downtime (up to a week avoiding any special event), it is worth it for the expected longevity of the outcome and immediate visible results.
Reasons to try the K-Lift with Dr Kuljit at DHWC: Dr Kuljit is an expert in this field; the K-Lift gives visible results immediately; excellent longevity compared to other thread lifts currently available in KL; value-for-money procedure to lift droopy or sagging areas of the face (and body); minimally invasive; more affordable than surgery.
Thread Lift Kuala Lumpur Alternative – The K-Lift
DHWC, Damansara Heights Wellness Clinique
No. 21, M, Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
+6 016 336 6939
*Appointments are essential.
DHWC Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
* SMAS – often described as an organized fibrous network composed of the platysma muscle, parotid fascia, and fibromuscular layer covering the cheek.