Sugar-Threading, Woffles Thread Lift Facelifts: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Buzz About The $1,850 To $11,000 Threading Lift For Faces, Necks, Knees And Other Parts Of The Body

There’s a fascinating new article on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop site that has the world of beauty asking if threading is the future of face-lifts. When many folks in fashion hear the word, “threading,” they immediately think of the process of using threads to remove unwanted hairs, like the threading process undergone by women and men in shopping malls and spas. However, the threading Paltrow speaks of involves threads placed beneath the skin in order to lift sagging skin in a way that, reportedly, still allows the person to express emotions.

As reported by Allure, however, threads like Contour Threads used by patients circa 2004 and 2007 weren’t all they were cracked up to be. Those face-lift threads didn’t turn out to be the Promised Land of easy face-lifts when a portion of the patients who received the threads reportedly began getting infections, or suffered from broken threads beneath their skin.

Those experiences haven’t stopped people who want to look younger from continuing to explore threading options to lift sagging skin and to do so without having to go under the knife. According to Goop, celebrities are traveling to Europe and Asia to get threading in their faces, knees, necks and other parts of their bodies to get the skin lifted via thin thread — sometimes barbed thread — inserted via a needle.

They turned to two doctors, Dr. Maurice Dray in Europe and Dr. Woffles Wu in Singapore for more information about the threading process.

Dr. Dray performs a sugar-threading technique that isn’t yet approved by the FDA, wherein he inserts threads that are sugar-based beneath the skin in order to provide customers with a face-lift type of lift that lasts two years. The goal is to stimulate the body’s own collagen to make them appear younger and more youthfully plump.

Vitamin A and Vitamin C are injected right into the skin in a painless combination, along with other natural acids that allegedly help perk up the skin’s glow and elasticity. Sugar-threading is a process that finds the natural thread melting after about 3 or 4 weeks. Usually it is inserted in the neck area and jawline, to help prevent sagging and help create new fibrous tissues.

Sugar-threading results should be immediately visible and last about two years. Patients in the U.S. might eventually see sugar-threading become legal before long, because there aren’t many side effects besides potential bruising. At this time, sugar-threading is only available in London and Paris. It takes about 30 minutes to get the sugar threads threaded into the areas desired. The prices for sugar-threading aren’t cheap.

“$1,850 for the neck.”

Dr. Wu, meanwhile, a leading plastic surgeon, performs “The Woffles Lift.” It’s a lift that doesn’t leave scars around the ears and is being called revolutionary. It uses the Woffles Thread, as seen in Google Images, to lift out wrinkles with barbed thread. The Woffles Lift is less invasive than a traditional face-lift, and can last from one year up to five years. Dr. Wu notes that even traditional face-lifts don’t last forever.

Dr. Wu calls the Woffles Thread Lift very safe, and says that patients can get one in about 30 minutes, and they sit up when getting the lift, to mimic the natural effects of gravity on their faces and necks. Post surgery, there aren’t many side effects; bruising and needle marks can be covered with scarves or make-up. The Woffles Lift isn’t cheap, either.

“$11,000 for a full mid-face and upper neck lift, $6,000 for neck lift alone, $4,500-6,000 for forehead/brow lift, and $9,000 for a mid-face firming.”

According to a report on Byrdie, face-lift threading isn’t as strong as the actual face-lift sutures, and there isn’t a lot of evidence yet to support the claims being made by the Europeans doctors performing the threading process.

[Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR]

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