The Thread Lift is a treatment which has been praised as the non-surgical replacement for face lifts, avoiding long recovery times, excessive scarring and the use of incisions or sedation. Thread lifts work by placing dissolvable threads under the skin using a fine needle, which elevates sagging tissue, and simultaneously increases collagen production, firming the skins appearance.
They differ from a PDO Threads which are designed to tighten and thicken your skin; and, improve fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating natural collagen production.
Thread Lifting is considered to be a discrete approach to achieving a fresher, younger-looking appearance, reportedly used by many Hollywood stars who deny having surgery but appear to have defied age. Preserving a youthfulness seemingly naturally without a “done” plastic appearance.
As we age, a loss of collagen and elastin in our skin can lead to looser facial tone, increasing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. As a result of losing this protein a natural thinning of the face through loss of fat occurs. This can create hollowed upper cheeks and heaviness above the jaw line (jowl) and around the chin (marionette lines).
Thread Lift Facts
- It uses absorbable thread cones placed under the skin with a fine needle (no incision required)
- In -clinic procedure takes about 30 minutes
- Can be used for facial contour, jaw and cheeks
- It is recommended for men and women above the age of 30
- Results can be seen immediately and will improve over time
- Final results will be seen between 6 weeks and 6 months and will last for up to 18 months
The sutures are made of a clear absorbable material of Poly Lactic Acid and eight absorbable cones. The length of the suture is 30 cm. The eight absorbable cones are positioned on the suture and separated by knots.
The treatment aims to obtain a volumisation, lifting and skin tightening in any area the sutures are placed. A local anaesthesia is required only at the entry and exit points of the sutures.
A Thread Lift is recommended for men and women who are trying to effectively combat the signs of ageing and who want to achieve natural results and it is suitable for all skin types.
Downtime & Post Treatment
Downtime after a Thread Lift treatment is minimal, however patients may experience some very slight bruising or swelling in the days following the procedure and some mild tension in the areas that have been elevated.
During the week after treatment patients should not undergo any dental surgery, and they must avoid facial and beauty treatments. It is also recommended to avoid any excessive exercise for two weeks after the treatment. It is also advisable for patients to sleep on their back and slightly elevated (using 2 pillows) during recovery and they must be gentle when cleansing their face.
Thread Lift Results
The suture gently lifts and re-positions tissues that have fallen into the hands of gravity, resulting in a shapelier, younger looking face. Hollow cheeks are given a more full appearance, while sagginess is lifted and wrinkles are eased.
The lifting effect is immediate and discreet as it is the result of compressing and elevating tissue at the time of adjusting the suture. After inserting the suture, the Surgeon applies slight pressure on the treated area. In this way, the Surgeon reshapes the surface of the skin and makes it visibly smoother.
Due to the principal component being – polylactic acid (PLA) the regenerative effect of a Thread Lift is gradual and natural. Once the suture is applied, the polylactic acid acts on the deeper layers of the skin and helps increase the volume of saggy areas, restoring shapeliness to the face gradually and perfectly naturally.
During the procedure, thread made of polylactic acid is drawn through the skin after injections of local anaesthetic.
- lift specific parts of the face,
- acts on the deeper layers of the skin
- naturally stimulates the body so that it produces its own collagen
- increase the volume of saggy areas
- restore shapeliness to the face gradually and naturally
A Thread Lift is ideal to restore facial contours and correct facial laxity and improve the jaw line and other areas and patients can achieve full face lifting without the need for aggressive surgery with the results lasting up to 2-3 years.