The thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that tightens skin by inserting medical-grade thread material into the face and then pulling the skin up by tightening the thread. This low-risk treatment is an alternative facelift surgery and corrects aged or sagging skin.
In this procedure, Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are stitched into the face, pulling affected areas of skin and tightening them.
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- People who are concerned about sagging or ageing skin on their face and neck.
- People who are looking for an affordable facelift.
- People who do not want to undergo the recovery associated with traditional facelifts.
This procedure can last from 30 minutes to two hours.
What Are the Different Types of Thread Lifts Available?
While the insertion process remains mostly the same, there are different types of thread available:
- PD screw: The length of this spiral-shaped thread varies between 25mm and 60mm in length. PD screw threads are inserted into the sub-dermis or deep dermis and can induce retraction and stimulation across their entire length.
- PDO cogs: The length of barbed threads varies between 50mm and 90mm, and they are available in three directions. These threads are especially useful at stimulating collagen production along up to three axes at the same time.
- PDO mono: The length of this type of thread ranges between 12mm and 60mm, and it promotes the fast resculpting of facial tissues.
- PDO embossed thread: Embossed threads are with micro-grooves that aids the re-growth of tissues. These are usually placed deep within the subdermal layer.
- PDO mini cannulas: These blunted cannulas are used to insert both straight and barbed threads to lessen the risk of bruising, bleeding and swelling.straight and barbed threads to minimize the risk of bleeding, bruising and swelling.
How Does a Thread Lift Work?
The thread lift cosmetic procedure works in two ways.
By threading thin and dissolvable stitches underneath your skin, your doctor can pull your skin tightly around your forehead, neck, or torso.
Invisible, painless barbs grab onto your skin and ensure that the thread firmly grips your underlying tissue and muscles as the thread is pulled tight.
Once your doctor inserts a barbed thread, your body’s healing response is triggered. Even though the threads do not injure you, your body detects a suture material and stimulates collagen production in the affected area. Collagen can fill gaps in sagging skin and restore more youthful elasticity to your face. This naturally occurring substance fills out the face, enhancing the initial procedure results and prolonging the benefits.
The primary effect of a thread lift procedure is that your skin will appear tighter and more structured. After a year, as the sutures dissolve, this effect begins to decrease. However, a secondary rejuvenation effect stayed in place and was noticeable three years or more after the procedure.
Thread lift procedure
The procedure for thread lift may be somewhat different depending on the area you are targeting and your doctor’s preferences. However, the basic technique is usually the same.
- You will need a thorough consultation with your doctor before undergoing this treatment. The clinical team will assess your medical history and ask you a series of questions to ascertain this treatment is suitable for you. They also will explain the risks and side-effects linked to thread lifts to you before you consent.
- Alcohol, as well as a topical anaesthetic, will be applied to your skin. In most cases, patients are given a series of local anaesthetic injections to numb the face or neck.
- Then, your doctor will insert the threads underneath your skin via a thin needle or cannula. They tend to be located along your hairline to minimise visible scarring afterwards. This process can take 30 to 45 minutes.
- Your doctor inserts the other end of the thread at your cheekbone and gradually pulls it upwards. As this happens, you may feel slight pressure or a sense of tightening under your skin.
- At the end of the procedure, the barbs on the thread are locked into their place, and the thread ends are sutured beneath the surface of the skin. They remain in place for support and to maintain the desired structure. They ultimately dissolve naturally.