As we age, our skin naturally starts to show the effects of time. It loses its firmness due to diminishing collagen and elastin production. As the result, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin begin to form. While there's nothing wrong with aging, there's also nothing wrong with wanting to slow the process of it. And that's precisely why facial lifting treatments like thread lift are on the rise. 

                What is  Thread Lift?

                Thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that offers a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery.

                Thread lifts claim to tighten your skin by inserting medical-grade thread material into your face and then “pulling” your skin up by tightening the thread.

                Also called a barbed suture lift, it aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face or breasts. Thread lifts use temporary, medical-grade suture material to “stitch up” your skin so that it’s drawn taut. (1)

                Types of Thread Lift

                Each type of thread is best suited for a particular function. PDO threads are better at repositing and revitalizing tissue while PLLA and PCA threads are better at lifting sagging parts of your skin. (2)

                Goal of procedureMost suitable thread
                Rejuvenation or skin tighteningPDO mono
                Moderate faceliftPDO cog or screw
                Moderate facelift with texture and elasticity improvementPLA or PCA
                Significant faceliftFacelift surgery

                Benefits of Thread Lift

                • Instant skin lifting

                • Contracts fat tissue to result in instant skin tightening.

                • Promotes collagen production and neovascularization to renew your skin at the cellular level.

                • Enhanced skin texture, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and more elastic skin.

                • Relatively painless

                What to expect during the treatment?

                1. As you sit in a reclined seat, your surgeon will disinfect your face with alcohol. They’ll apply a local anesthetic with a needle under your skin.

                2. Your surgeon will make a small incision with another needle and then insert a device called a cannula into the small hole.

                3. Your surgeon will anchor the thread into place and pull out the cannula.

                4. They’ll finish by cutting the thread and making sure it’s secure in place.

                Recovery and Aftercare

                Recovery from a thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 to 48 hours but you can return to most of your daily routines right away.

                You should avoid rubbing your face as much as possible the week after your procedure to avoid accidentally dislodging the thread. You’ll also likely be advised to avoid pursing your lips, smoking , and drinking through a straw for the first several weeks.

                Other activities you may want to avoid for 1 to 2 weeks include sleeping on your side, intense exercise, and visiting saunas.

                How long does a  thread lift last?

                1. PCL (Polycaprolactone) thread tends to dissolve after 24 months

                2. PLLA (Poly L Lactic Acid) thread tends to dissolve after 12 months

                3. PDO (Polydioxanone) thread tends to dissolve after 6 months

                Potential Side Effects

                After a thread lift, it’s not uncommon to experience the following:

                • bruising
                • swelling
                • bleeding
                • slight pain at the site of the thread injection

                There’s a 15 to 20 percent chance of complications, including dimpling. Possible complications are minor and can easily be corrected.

                Treated vs Untreated

                Thread Lift vs Facelift

                 Thread lift won’t give the same dramatic results as a surgical facelift.

                A thread lift is not permanent. A facelift can’t stop the process of aging completely, but the results last many years. The subtle results of a thread lift usually last around 2 years.

                To make the results last longer, you may need dermal fillers or other therapies that cost additional time and money.

                The risks of complications with facelift surgery are much higher.


                Thread Lift is a cheaper and faster alternative to facelift surgery, but the results don’t last as long and aren’t as dramatic.

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