Original Article

The AESTHETICS 2021; 2(2): 7-12

Published online October 30, 2021

© Korean Association For Laser Dermatology And Trichology

Behavioral Analysis of Practitioners Who Frequently Perform Facial Thread-Lifting Procedures

Seung Min Oh, MD, MMBA1, Bong Cheol Kim, MD2, Min Seung Kim, MD3, Sang Bong Lee, MD4, Woo Kyung Bae, MD, MPH5

1ON Clinic, Seoul, Korea
2Lamar Clinic Isu Branch, Seoul, Korea
3Inee Clinic, Seoul, Korea
4Pygmalion Clinic, Seoul, Korea
5Health Promotion Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea

Correspondence to: Woo Kyung Bae
Health Promotion Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam 13620, Korea

Received: October 14, 2021; Accepted: October 28, 2021

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Background and Objectives The effects of thread-lifting remain controversial because of the lack of a standardized protocol. To examine the treatment practices of Korean doctors who frequently perform thread-lifting.
Materials and Methods At a large-scale aesthetic conference in Korea, we conducted a survey including clinicians who practice facial thread-lifting and analyzed the procedures and preferences of the doctors who participated in the questionnairebased survey. We then compared the treatment characteristics of clinicians who perform thread-lifting at least once per week (high-frequency) to those of clinicians who perform it less than once per week (low-frequency) using multivariate regression analyses.
Results Overall, 243 clinicians participated in the questionnaire-based survey, and the responses of 150 participants who currently perform thread-lifting were analyzed. The number of threads injected per hemi-face was higher in the high-frequency group than in the low-frequency group. Furthermore, the high-frequency group was more likely to use molding cog threads than the low-frequency group.
Conclusion Practitioners who frequently perform thread-lifting are likely to prefer molding cog threads and insert a relatively large number of threads per face. These results facilitate the development of a standard thread-lifting procedure and standard evaluation protocol for the effectiveness of this procedure.

Keywords: Thread lifting, Protocol of thread lifting, Molding thread, Cog thread