Threads

Threads are a relatively new form of a non-surgical facelift. If your face has loosening or sagging skin and you want a tighter, fresher more youthful look, you should seriously consider this treatment. A thread lift is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging in another way: by provoking the body’s “healing response” and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas

Advantages

For many patients, the biggest advantage of having a thread lift rather than a facelift is the greatly reduced recovery time associated with thread lifts. When a patient has facelift surgery, he or she must be heavily sedated; as such, the patient must arrange for someone to drive him or her home from the hospital. Most facelift patients also require around the clock assistance from a caretaker for at least three days after they have surgery. Furthermore, if the patient still has children at home, childcare aid may also be needed. Facelift patients usually need to take one to two weeks off of work, too, in order to heal.

Recovery from a thread lift, on the other hand, is comparatively easy. Thread lifts can be performed under local, rather than general anesthesia, meaning that thread lift patients can drive themselves home and look after themselves immediately after having their procedure. While some patients will experience a little bit of soreness, redness and swelling after having a thread lift and therefore wish to take the rest of the day off, most can return to work immediately. Strong pain medication is seldom needed after having a thread lift, making it easier for patients to return to their normal routine. This procedure is therefore ideal for people who have children at home or those who have busy, demanding careers.

Precautions

It’s important to make sure that you don’t rub your face vigorously while cleansing it or applying moisturizer for at least a week after having threads placed.

You should also try to prop your head up slightly so that you don’t roll over directly onto your face while sleeping.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal thread lift candidate is usually in his or her late thirties to early fifties, whereas most patients over the age of about 55 will benefit more profoundly from facelift surgery.

Procedure

Using a really fine needle special dissolvable threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO) or other material like silhouette are injected into the skin, and sometimes the muscle, to tighten the skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here, fine threads are advanced along pre-marked contour. These threads become fixed to the tissue and are gently smoothened down. New bundles of collagen are formed around each filament thus creating a subtle but effective lift.

The thread lift can be used to improve sagging neck, sagging cheeks and jaw line.

It depends on the age of the patient and the amount of sagging corrected by thread lift. The results may last for a couple of years but it should be noted that sagging will return over time and to extend the results additional threads need to be inserted.