What is thread lift?
Thread face-lift (or embedded threading) is a new approach in aesthetic medicine. It is based upon the insertion of suture threads into the face, neck or body, stimulating the tissue to create a lifting effect.
What are the suture threads made of?
The suture threads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), a material long used for suture threads in cardiac surgery, general surgery and vascular surgery. It’s a completely safe medical device, completely re-absorbable and hypoallergenic.
How does it work?
Clinical observation showed that PDO stimulates the production of new collagen – the protein responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin – causing the skin to become firmer, more elastic, and better hydrated.
The thread face-lift methodology is based on the use of natural tension lines of the skin, causing an effect similar to the surgical facelift. An immediate improvement of the appearance of the skin is achieved, and between one and two weeks later begins the synthesis of new collagen. This process continues until the threads are completely reabsorbed, taking approximately 6 to 8 months. The aesthetic effects, however, last 12 to 18 months, due to the stimulation of endogenous natural proteins in the skin.
Do I need anesthesia?
The procedure doesn’t require anesthesia and is performed in a matter of minutes. A local anesthetic cream minimizes any discomfort. The threads are basically injected into the skin via a guide needle.
I’ve done other treatments before, does it matter?
PDO thread lifting can be successfully combined with and enhance the effects of botulinum toxin and filler injections.
Is the thread lift procedure suitable for me?
PDO threads are very versatile. There are different sizes and shapes that can be used anywhere in the face, e.g. eyebrow lift, crow’s feet, lifting of jowls and neck. However, patient selection is very important, as the threads are only effective when certain criteria are met. Extreme volume loss should be treated before threads are performed, and poor skin and collagen quality should also be addressed before the thread procedure. Certain patients with excess loose skin are also not suitable candidates for threads. Therefore, a consultation to determine the suitability of the patient and the cost of the procedure is mandatory.