So, you’re interested in getting thread lifts in Calgary (or another city that you live in). With so many places to choose from, how do you know which clinic is the best for you? After all, it’s hard to sort out the fact from fiction online, and if you’re new to the process you likely don’t know exactly what to look for.
Our advice? Follow these five tips that will tell you whether a thread lift clinic is worth your time and money. They’re short, simple, and will save you a lot of hassle!
1. Check out their before & after photos.
One of your best tools for seeing how a clinic’s work turns out are the photos that show their work. Any respectable clinic will have a social media presence – it might not be big, but it should exist! Platforms like Instagram and TikTok are excellent for showing before and after comparisons of client work.
Before you even walk in the door of a potential clinic, take a look at their profiles and see the quality of work they do. If you don’t like what you see, you’ve saved yourself a trip – and if you do, you can move on to the next step of vetting your choices.
2. Look into the technicians' training, education, courses, and certifications.
Just as there are distinct types of materials (although typically made of a biocompatible material such as polydioxanone aka PDO thread lifts) and techniques for thread lifts, there are many different courses, certifications, and training that technicians can acquire and use. For example, just within Bardöt Beauty Boutique, our staff has designations from and qualifications like:
American Academy of Facials Aesthetics
The American Institute of Aesthetic Medicine
The Canadian Association of Medical Aesthetics
Certified advanced provider of Novathreads
Certified provider of Silhouette Instalift
Swiss Aesthetic Institute
Certified provider of Mint
The BC Skin Academy
As you can see, some of these are full courses from accredited institutions, while some are more informal training courses for specific products. You may not see them framed and displayed, but any good clinic and its staff has a good educational background as a foundation to work from.
3. How much experience and volume have they had?
As with anything in life, the more practice you get at something, the better you become at it. For thread lifts, this experience is referred to as volume, and our technicians have plenty of it – leading to impressive results for people who get the procedure done.
Our thread lift team here in Calgary has done over 500 threads. This wealth of experience has given us a strong sense of who makes a suitable candidate, how to optimize results for different people and situations, and recommendations of procedures that may suit a potential client even better.
4. Find out how they manage complications.
If a clinic has made it through the last few checks, here is where you start to get into the details. Ask the technicians directly about what complications can be expected and who will manage them. This is especially important for first-time clients, who may have more questions or issues than usual, and would rather err on the side of caution.
Here at Bardöt, we have an emergency contact line that's always available to you – but many places may not offer anything of the sort, so be sure to ask about additional support.
5. What is communication like with the provider?
If you’ve already had thread lifts done at a clinic, think about the interactions you’ve previously had. Do you feel comfortable talking to your provider? Are they listening to your concerns and coming up with a plan that includes you – or are they telling you what you need, even if you think you might not actually need it? Think about what would happen if you're not happy with results. Are they someone this is open to the conversation and willing to help fix the issue?
A proper thread lift process doesn’t start and finish when you walk into and out of the clinic. It’s an ongoing conversation between you and trained medical estheticians, and it should be treated professionally by both sides. If you have any other questions about what to expect from a thread lift, you can find plenty of answers in our blogs – or simply get in touch to ask us directly. We’re always happy to help people look their best, in the best way possible!