Korean threads Cog, or in the usual version of COG, are popular and in demand in cosmetology. They can be used to lift the face and eyebrows. We will tell you how a thread lift is done and what advantages and contraindications the procedure has.
COG threads for facelift – what is it?
With aging, the supporting structure of the face weakens, and the fat required for skin tone decreases. As a result, the connective tissue becomes thinner. When this happens, the fibers of the skin begin to break down. The result is a loss of elasticity, sagging skin and flews.
Signs of aging are primarily seen on the cheeks, in the browbone, jawline and neck. The aging process starts already after 30 years. Some accept their new appearance, others diligently correct aesthetic imperfections. Both options have a right to exist. COG thread lifting is one of the possible methods of rejuvenation, which, of course, is not a panacea and has a number of contraindications and side effects.
COG thread lifting was developed in Korea. With the filing of celebrities and Instagram bloggers, the popularity of the facelift procedure is growing rapidly today. COG threads are used to lift the face, forehead, chin and eyebrows, to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce visible wrinkles.
Although these threads are usually used to rejuvenate the face, they are sometimes also used to correct the abdomen and neck area. Thread lifting is an alternative to “beauty injections” and expensive surgical operations.
Long threads for cosmetic procedures are made from a synthetic biodegradable polymer, which has been used in surgery for many years. The threads are absorbed under the skin within 6 months by hydrolysis. Kogi – threads with notches – after installation stimulate the production of natural collagen in the skin for a while, which generally improves its condition. There are three types of threads – smooth, knurled (kogi) and screw.
The threads are smooth in texture and are only suitable for small and short-term facelifts.
The knurled COG threads cling to the skin to lift loose tissue. The production of collagen around the threads and teeth helps restore tissue volume and improve skin texture and elasticity.
Screw threads restore tone and volume of sunken skin areas on the face.
The threads of the COG are covered with small teeth that grab the skin and lift it up. Basically, the threads work like an umbrella – they form a support structure under the skin and hold sagging tissue. Under the skin, serrations can also gather tissue to lift problem areas and tighten skin.
What happens during a thread lifting procedure?
Be sure to consult a professional doctor before the procedure. He will tell you if you can do lifting with threads. Studying contraindications and side effects is very important information. And, of course, do not forget that cosmetology procedures must be done by experienced specialists who work with licensed drugs and materials.
Before the procedure, the beautician insists on observing important rules:
- Do not smoke before the procedure.
- Alcohol must not be consumed 48 hours before the procedure.
- On the day of the procedure, do not do makeup or use any skin care products.
- Thread lifting process
First of all, the doctor applies an anesthetic cream to the skin for short threads, or uses local anesthesia for longer ones.
How is the installation of the COG threads done? Kogi-thread molding is carried out under the skin in a special way. For correct injection, the beautician uses a special cannula needle.
Then the master tightens the skin tissue, creates the desired contour and fixes the threads, evenly distributing the incisions.
Finally, the doctor treats the skin to exclude possible inflammation and infection.
Depending on what exactly you are pulling, the process may be slightly different. However, the technique for introducing a thread into the problem area is always the same. It is important for the doctor not only to fix the thread correctly, but also to place it so that no ends stick out.
The procedure itself lasts from 30 to 60 minutes. It all depends on the number of zones that you are treating and on the degree of sagging of the skin. The more difficult the case, the more threads will be inserted under the skin.
Antoplasty with COG threads – is it worth doing?
An eyebrow lift with cog threads is a non-surgical lift, during which the beautician inserts a small soluble thread under the skin and with it lifts the eyelid up. Soluble COG filaments are covered with microscopic notches that dig into the skin tissue, tighten and fix them in the right place.
If you use COG threads to lift your eyebrows, will there be an effect? According to cosmetologists, the first three weeks you will enjoy a successful lifting, but then the threads will begin to dissolve along with the lifting. Professionals warn that threads can break or unevenly begin to dissolve, which can lead to asymmetry of the tightened area.
Also, according to experts, for a noticeable brow lift and visible effect after the production of natural collagen, you will have to repeat the procedure.
But there are also pluses. The main one is that collagen is actively produced around the threads and notches. So the effect after lifting with COG threads will last for some time. According to the promises of beauty salons – up to two years. However, it all depends on your body.
If you are doing the procedure for the sole purpose of being like Instagram models, then we recommend that you resort to more proven lifting methods, because over time, after a thread lifting, your face may lose its former proportions. And the frenzied trend for almond-shaped eyes is just a temporary phenomenon.
COG thread lifting – who can and cannot do the procedure?
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Who is allowed to use COG threads?
Ideal candidates are men and women with minimal signs of aging who need a slight lift. Usually, the appointment is made between the ages of 35 and 45.
Also, thread lifting is recommended for those who notice a strongly protruding jawline, sagging cheeks or small bags under the eyes.
For users over 50-60 years old, thread lifting is usually done in a complex. Together with the beautician, clients select a complex of rejuvenating procedures, where lifting with cog threads becomes one of the stages in achieving maximum results.
Usually, a cosmetologist takes into account several important factors and only after analysis decides whether the procedure is suitable for a person or not. These 5 points are worth considering:
- health status;
- the degree of skin laxity;
- skin thickness;
- the degree of facial volume.
Who is prohibited and undesirable for a facelift with threads?
Cosmetologists do not recommend doing lifting with cog threads in old age, when the skin is already very saggy, since the procedure gives too little result. In addition, people with obesity or very rough skin should also not have a thread lift.
Other contraindications related to health:
- skin allergic reactions or infections;
- hair lice;
- immunological diseases (eg cancer, HIV);
- chronic diseases (eg diabetes, tuberculosis).
COG threads – how is rehabilitation after the procedure?
Immediately after the procedure, you will have swelling and bruising at the puncture site. Healing of treated areas may take time. It all depends on the type of thread and seam length you choose.
Apply compresses as recommended by your doctor. Cosmetologists recommend sleeping with your head slightly elevated for a while so that the swelling subsides faster. It is also recommended to apply cold compresses for the first few days after the procedure.
Reduce facial expressions. To make the thread stand up well, you should forget about facial expressions for a while. If you need to sneeze or cough, try to hold your skin on your face. You will have to live in this mode for the first week, otherwise you can accidentally damage the threads.
Forget about makeup. Do not put makeup on your face or do any manipulations at the puncture site within 3-5 days after the cosmetic procedure.
Give up solid food. Eat a soft or liquid diet to avoid excessive movement of your facial muscles.
Give up cigarettes and alcohol. If possible, exclude alcohol and cigarettes from your life for a while.
Give up sports. In terms of sports, you should postpone your training for 1-3 weeks. Otherwise, the rehabilitation period will be delayed. Exercise raises your heart rate, which stimulates blood flow. The result is repeated facial swelling.
Postpone coming flights. You should avoid flying for 48-72 hours after your procedure. High air pressure can cause spikes in blood pressure that slow down the body’s recovery process.
COG threads – Reviews
According to users, the COG thread lift really works. The method of rejuvenation well tightens the oval of the face, eliminates overhanging cheeks and eliminates visible wrinkles. However, there are also disadvantages to the procedure. Many have noted that the recovery period after a facelift is quite long and painful. No one is immune from tissue fibrosis and discomfort at puncture sites and taut threads.