Why did the suspension (tensor) threads have such a wrongly bad reputation?
This is a post from Doctor Foumenteze’s blog
- The Russian threads : a far too optimistic launch
The first generation of suspension notched threads (or tensor) were called “Russian threads” because they were developed by a Russian physician, Dr. Marlen A. Sulamanidze in 1995.
They are initially designed for a small ” good-looking ” effect by a ” volumizing ” action on the cheekbone by supporting and focusing its subcutaneous fat.
Arrived in France in 2002, this clever technique principle proved disappointing in terms of results, both in terms of efficiency and sustainability, leading many doctors and patients to abandon it very fast, too fast in fact.
Indeed, the first notched threads opened a new way for facial rejuvenation by unveiling a fabulous potential for facelift.
Since 2005 , the notched threads, of better quality (both longer and more elastic) and especially better placed (by a higher setting in the scalp ) will revolutionize the design of facelift by making heavy surgical facelift with sometimes unnatural results losing its monopoly.
- The gold threads : magic words and false promises
The oldest use of threads to beautify the face comes from ancient Egyptian, which already put gold filaments under the skin. Modern versions of implantation of gold combine a absorbable and irritating suture to a metallic thread to cause a short inflammation.
Despite this very low result, gold threads invaded the media space ew years ago, to the point that they became the benchmark for ” threads”. However they do not have any real effect of suspension.
In addition, they eventually break into multiple small metal fragments in the skin, which may migrate, very noticeable to radiography, undesirable during an MRI and that we cannot evacuate unless when they flush with the surface tissue, skin or mucous membranes , including oral and conjunctival .
Like any harmful product quickly lauded, these threads have created a climate of suspicion and a negative atmosphere around other effective and sustainable threads. This thread has since almost disappeared but the dream persisted .
- Lack of training : the real underlying issue
Too many practitioners use a technique of thread laying fast and lightweight (up to facelift called “lunch-time” letting well glimpse the little investment of time and energy of many doctors or surgeons in this technique!) but without sufficient time or efficiency. Worse, most of the controversial speeches come from unfounded malicious colleagues or incompetent in the matter.
We have seen above, the efficiency and sustainability of the results depend as much on the intrinsic performance of the thread as the quality of training of the practitioner.
Those two conditions rarely exist which explains the huge number of disappointed patients.
Too many practitioners use a fast and light installation technique of the notched thread (to be called ” lunch -time” lifting making obvious the little investment in time and energy of many physicians and surgeons in this technique!) but without sufficient sustainability or efficiency. Worse, most of the controversies arising from unfounded speech of some evil -intentioned colleagues or incompetent in the field.
This training is ensure to the physicians by two complementary courses:
- The first is a teaching, notably made by Dr. Foumenteze, for the Inter University Diploma of Morphological and Anti- Aging Medicine (official name of the jurisdiction in Aesthetic Medicine ) from the Faculty of Medicine of Paris .
- The second is a more specific training with the French reference agency for the suspension threads, SOMEREFs.