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 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 procedure Most suitable thread Rejuvenation or skin tightening PDO mono Moderate facelift PDO cog or screw Moderate facelift with texture and elasticity improvement PLA or PCA Significant facelift Facelift 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.
What to expect during the treatment?
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:
- 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.