What is a IMA-Lift?

A IMA-Lift is a cosmetic procedure where temporary medical sutures are used to create a subtle yet visible “lift” in the skin.

Instead of surgically removing loose skin as would a facelift, the surgeon simply suspends skin by stitching up portions of it.

During our IMA-Lift, multiple threads built with anchors or cogs are used to “hook” onto the tissues supporting the skin. This produces a pulling effect, therefore tightening and lifting your face.

Besides lifting the skin, IMA-Lifts also fight ageing by activating the body’s natural healing process and stimulating collagen production. This is due to the threads used — as they dissolve, they trigger the body to release large surges of collagen in treated areas. As we all know, collagen is the holy grail that keeps us looking young and our skin strong and supple.

What are the benefits of a IMA-Lift?

⦁ Defines and sharpens your facial contours
⦁ Elevates your nose bridge and tip
⦁ Rejuvenates skin for a youthful appearance
⦁ Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
⦁ Brightens skin tone
⦁ Improves appearance of stretch marks and acne scars
⦁ Stimulates collagen production
⦁ No need for surgery
⦁ Natural looking results

Where can IMA-Lifts be performed on?

IMA-LIFT is considered non-invasive, they can be performed on most parts of the body and face that tend to show sagging. These are the more common areas performed on and their effects:
Nose: gives a sharper nose bridge, enhances the nose tip to look sharper and smaller, and can be used on deviated noses for a straighter nose bridge
Neck: improves texture and tone in the neck to give it a soother appearance
Eyebrows: raises the edge of the eyebrows to give you a “brighter” and more “awake” look. Can be used for eyebrow ptosis too
Cheeks: helps to lift the cheeks to give the jawline an overall smaller and sharper face. Final result is plump and full without looking too “dry”

What is the procedure of getting a IMA-LIFT like?

Your first consultation would involve:
⦁ Checking your suitability for IMA-Lifts
⦁ Your doctor lets you know what to expect, from medical technicalities, level of pain, medication to take etc. During this consultation, you should also ask as many questions as you can
⦁ Discussing and managing your expectations

The cost will range between from $600 onwards, depending on factors like:
⦁ The number of threads used
⦁ Type of threads used
⦁ Experience of your doctor

Most patients can see effects after their face, nose, eye or neck heals and collagen forms.

IMA-Lifts are not permanent, mainly because you cannot stop the process of ageing. IMA-Lifts last for about 1 to 3 years. However, due to the convenient and ease of this procedure, IMA-Lifts can be done repeatedly at appropriate intervals for longevity.

As IMA-Lifts are a non-invasive procedure, downtime is very minimal with mild swelling and bruising that resolves on its own after 1 to 3 days. Most patients can go back to work and resume daily activities after their treatment.

Although there is minimal downtime, patients are advised to do the following for faster recovery and to avoid any complications:
⦁ Avoid applying makeup for 48 hours
⦁ Avoid going for massages or intense exercise for 2-3 weeks
⦁ Avoid facial creams for 48 hours
⦁ Avoid chewing gum for 14 days
⦁ Keep your head elevated for 5-7 days, especially when sleeping
⦁ Ice the treatment area for 30 minutes for the first 5 days
⦁ Try to avoid using straws to minimise movement of your facial muscles

You should avoid flying on an airplane 48-72 hours after your IMA-Lift procedure. This is because air pressure is higher in the air than the ground. Therefore there’s a higher chance of blood pressure fluctuations and splitting of the wound, resulting in a longer recovery period.

Side effects from IMA-Lifts are rare. If they do occur, you may experience:
⦁ Nausea from the anaesthesia
⦁ Bruising
⦁ Swelling
⦁ Infection
⦁ Migration
⦁ Foreign body reaction
⦁ Facial nerve trauma
⦁ Tenderness and pain after the anaesthesia wears off

Fortunately, if you do not like the results you see, they won’t be permanent. However, you have to wait till the threads fully dissolve, and that might take at least a year. Hence, it’s important that you set your expectations right with your doctor and of course choose a doctor that’s experienced enough.

Absolutely —IMA-Lift can be done concurrently with other aesthetic treatments such as fillers to produce synergistic results.