Aptos® invasive face and body rejuvenation methods.

Aptos® methods are minimally invasive face and body rejuvenation methods, allowing to get momentary results: to improve soft tissue contours, to slow down aging processes, to preserve beauty without surgical intervention, i.e. without scars or hems. From 1996 the Aptos Company has produced unique materials for plastic and aesthetic surgery and cosmetology. The products and the methods have gained world recognition and are successfully applied by specialists in 48 countries of the world. The authors of the products and methods have been awarded many prestigious international awards and patents of invention. Aptos threads are made of polypropylene. It is a synthetic non-absorbable material, used in surgery for over 50 years. Polypropylene is safe, does not cause allergy and is not rejected by the organism. The implanted threads make a strong supporting skeleton and give excellent aesthetic results. The first improvements are seen right after the procedure and the final results show in 2-3 weeks. The results maintain up to 4-5 years on the average.

Aptos methods

Innovative elaboration of the authors of Aptos method is Light Lift Thread, which differs from Aptos in production material. Light Lift Threads are made of caprolac, a material which completely eliminates from the organism in 360 days. L- lactid acid (a compound of the thread) provides additional rejuvenating effect, activating natural revitalizing processes and slowing down aging processes. Visible results can be reached on many parts of face and body. The results maintain up to 2 years on the average. The threads are inserted with the help of a guiding Needle through dot punctures or tiny skin cuts (up to 0.5 cm). The procedure is carried out in ambulatory under local infiltrative anesthesia. Whole face lifting lasts about 30 minutes, the lifting of separate areas lasts about 15 minutes. Aptos and Light Lift Lifting methods are suitable for both men and women of different age and with different indications for correction. Biodegradable threads of Light Lift line for soft tissue reinforcement are usually employed for the correction of involutional changes in the face, neck, décolletage, inner surfaces of thighs and shoulders, abdomen, knee areas. Cosmetic biodegradable threads are composed of the copolymer of polycaprolactone and L-lactic acid. After implantation, the material is subjected to biodegradation by hydrolysis. The thread completely biodegrades within a year. A fibrous cord persists for some time in the place of the biodegraded material; the cord is formed due to the foreign body presence (the thread), but also as a result of the gradual release of L-lactic acid that stimulates neocollagenesis. This also explains the increasing positive clinical response to the introduction of biodegradable materials during 6-8 months. Use of biodegradable threads makes it possible to achieve significant results in various areas of the face.

Indications for use

Biodegradable threads are used in patients with mild to moderate signs of the skin sagging and soft tissue ptosis (without marked skin excess) on the face and neck. The indications include: -ptosis of the lateral third of the eyebrows; -smoothening of bucco-zygomatic area contour; -nasolabial folds (“marionette lines”) caused/exacerbated by the soft tissues overhanging; -facial contour deformation, “double chin” (in case of pronounced adipose tissue hypertrophy, liposuction or other methods of local removal of adipose tissue are used); -age-related neck changes associated with atrophic processes of the skin. Aptos methods allow us to receive excellent aesthetic results without serious surgical intervention. The first improvements are seen right after the procedure and the final results show in 2-3 weeks and maintain for a certain period of time depending on the material and the type of the thread. The methods give the best results when applied with classical aesthetic operations and almost all cosmetology and therapeutical procedures (pilings, fillers, Botox injections). In otoplasty, Aptos methods are effective in correction of protruding ears and so-called “elf's earlobe”. The threads are used to form the neck-chin angle in the neck rejuvenation procedures. Aptos products are also used for the reinforcement of various body areas, including abdomen, inner thighs and shoulders, back of the hand, décolletage as well as for breast-lift correction. In reconstructive plastic surgery, Aptos threads are used for the correction of facial soft tissue asymmetry arising from various congenital or acquired abnormalities. In particular, it is possible to correct the following issues: iatrogenic facial nerve palsy, paralysis of facial muscles, inverted scars etc.