Is 20 shopping lifts ineffective? How many are needed?

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Can't a shopping lift do more than just 20?"

'Is there no discernible effect with 20 bottles?'

How many would work?"

Do you have these questions about shopping lifts?

Hello, I am a physician at the Cosmetic Dermatology and Smart Skin Clinic.

The Shopping Lift is a procedure in which many threads are inserted into the face and neck. Many clinics display the price for each number of threads, such as "20 threads" or "50 threads," but is it possible to get the effect even with 20 threads?

Based on the mechanism of the shopping lift, our cosmetic dermatology clinic will explain the number of shopping lifts and their effects in an easy-to-understand manner from a professional standpoint.

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What is a Shopping Lift?

The Shopping Lift is a treatment in which dissolvable threads thinner than a hair are inserted under the skin. The threads stimulate long-term collagen production, which results in skin elasticity and skin texture improvement.

Young skin maintains its firmness and elasticity through collagen and estin. When collagen and elastin degenerate due to aging or UV damage, they lose their elasticity like old rubber, and the ability of fibroblasts to produce new collagen and elastin also declines, resulting in wrinkles and sagging.

The Shopping Lift is a reinforcement-like treatment that increases collagen and elastin by stimulating fibroblasts with threads to create a support system that keeps the treated area firm. Since very short threads are used, it is possible to perform partial treatments such as around the eyes and laugh lines.

There are cases where 20 shopping lifts are effective and cases where they are not.

There are cases where 20 shopping lifts are effective and cases where they are not.

Cases where 20 shopping lifts are effective

Basically, the smaller the area where the threads are inserted, the higher the density, and the easier it is to realize the effect with 20 threads.

The results are tightening and improvement of skin texture. Fat is dissolved and tightened to improve wrinkles and give the impression of a natural lift.

However, if the sagging is strong or there is a lot of fat, there are cases in which 20 units may not be enough or another treatment should be prioritized.

[The range of effects that can be expected from 20 bottles.

  • area between the eyebrows
  • skin round one's eyes
  • laugh lines
  • marionette line

Cases of ineffectiveness with 20 shopping lifts

Factors that may contribute to the ineffectiveness of 20 shopping lifts are that the number of lifts is not sufficient, the body is not in good condition, the effects have not started to appear, or the period of effectiveness has ended.

not enough of them

The larger the area where the threads are inserted, the lower the density of 20 threads inserted, and the harder it is to feel the effect.

For example, the following areas require a larger number of units and will not be as effective with 20 shopping lifts. Inserting the required number of units will help.

[Areas where 20 pieces are not expected to be effective and the approximate number of pieces required.

  • Whole face: 100 pcs.
  • Forehead: 30 to 40
  • Cheek: 50
  • 40 mouthfuls
  • Jaw: 30-50

Not beginning to be effective.

Whether 20 or 100 shopping lifts are used, the effect is not felt immediately afterwards.

This does not mean that it is ineffective, but it is a procedure that requires time for the effects to become apparent. You will begin to feel the effects about one week after the surgery.

The body is not in good condition.

Skin is affected by the state of mind and body.

Have you ever noticed that your skin condition is different on days when you had a good night's sleep and on days when you did not get enough sleep? No matter how good the treatment is, if there is insufficient sleep or poor nutrition, the skin will not be able to repair itself and will not be effective.

Get a good night's sleep, maintain a balanced nutritional intake, refresh yourself moderately, and engage in skin care, including UV protection, for treatment.

The period of effectiveness is over.

The effects of a shopping lift are not permanent. The peak effect is about 3-4 months after surgery, and the duration is about 1-1/2 years. To maintain the effect after that, maintenance several times a year is recommended.

The duration of effect is basically the same whether 20 or 100 units are used.

Approximate location of the shopping lift and the number of units required

Since the price of a shopping lift varies depending on the number of units, many people may think, "If possible, I would like to keep costs down by using the minimum number of units necessary.

There are many ways to insert a shopping lift. For example, threads can be inserted by inserting needles in a grid pattern vertically and horizontally in the areas where you want to have firmness, or in the areas of the face line where sagging is bothersome. Although there are individual differences, it is best to imagine 10 needles in a 2 cm square or 20 needles in a 5 cm square.

Would adding 20 shopping lifts increase the effectiveness?

The more threads in a shopping lift, the more collagen is likely to form around the threads. If 20 additional threads are added to the same area, more collagen and elastin production can be expected, resulting in a tighter appearance.

The recommended time for addition is at least one month after treatment. It is recommended to add more after you actually feel the effects of the treatment.

Note that in the following paper, different numbers of threads were inserted into rats and the amount of collagen was measured for 12 weeks, and it was confirmed that an increase in the number of polydioxanone (PDO) threads leads to more collagen synthesis.

The back skin of rats was divided into five compartments and four types of PDO threads and monofilament polylactic acid (PLA) threads were inserted. Tissue samples were collected at 1, 2, and 12 weeks after treatment for histopathological examination and quantification of collagen by real-time PCR.

Multiple PDO filaments produced more collagen at week 2. Single strand PLA filament insertions produced more Col1α1 than double strand PDO filaments and the highest Col1α3 production at week 2. Collagen levels decreased sharply at week 12. Histological evaluation showed retention of yarns surrounded by fibrous capsule-like structures at week 12.

More collagen production could be observed with multiple PDO threads compared to single threads, indicating that increasing the number of threads leads to more collagen synthesis.

Jung Jin Shin, Tae Jun Park, Bo Young Kim, Chang Min Kim, Dong Hye Suh, Sang Jun Lee, Hye-Rim Moon, Hwa Jung Ryu. Comparative effects of various absorbable threads in a rat model. journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology. 2019;21(3);158-162. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2018.1493511.


How many shopping lifts are needed under the eyes?

As a general guideline, 20 pcs. It varies from person to person depending on the symptoms.

Does the downtime of a shopping lift depend on the number of threads?

The increase in the number of needles may increase the number of needles inserted and swelling may be more noticeable. The duration of time until the pain and internal bleeding disappear will not change.

What is the difference between a shopping lift and a thread lift?

Both of these treatments use thread.

The Shopping Lift inserts short threads and provides a natural tightening effect.

Thread lift, also known as a "non-surgical facelift," physically raises sagging lines and marionette lines by inserting long threads, which can be expected to have a lifting effect.

Go to Smart Skin Clinic for Shopping Lift

The number of threads in a shopping lift can be adjusted according to the extent and condition of your concern. More threads can be inserted in the area of concern, or if there is a left-right difference, more threads can be inserted on one side.

At Smart Skin Clinic, you can choose the number of lashes in increments of 20.

We offer only the medical care you need, with easy online booking and a simple interior with low advertising costs. We will suggest the most appropriate treatment, but we will not force you to choose additional options.

If you have any questions, please contact us for a free consultation.


Jung Jin Shin, Tae Jun Park, Bo Young Kim, Chang Min Kim, Dong Hye Suh, Sang Jun Lee, Hye-Rim Moon, Hwa Jung Ryu. Comparative effects of various absorbable threads in a rat model. journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology. 2019;21(3);158-162. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2018.1493511.

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