A thread lift is a procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin. It’s a less invasive procedure than facelift surgery and can often be performed in under 45 minutes without needing to go under a scalpel.
Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts use a biodegradable polyester suture. They’re best suited for rejuvenating your skin while some newer types of thread lifts are better at lifting sagging skin.
The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of aging skin.
A thread lift can treat most parts of your face that are experiencing signs of aging. The areas around your cheeks, jaw, neck, and eyes are among the most commonly treated areas.
Because the results of thread lifts aren’t as drastic as the results of facelift surgeries, thread lifts are commonly used together with other anti-aging procedures such as ultherapy or dermal fillers.
Thread lifts generally last between 12 and 18 months. However, this is dependant upon the individual patient and their age, lifestyle, skin type and how quickly their body breaks down the sutures.
The procedure itself delivers immediate results. Once the PDO threads are correctly placed, tightened and secured underneath your skin, your skin will appear tighter, smoother and lifted straight away.
A procedure that takes less than an hour can give you results that last for up to a year and a half.
There may be a little tenderness, swelling and bruising around the treated areas, but this is usually very mild and subsides within a day or two. There is little to no downtime involved, meaning you can get straight back to work and your daily activities after the treatment is finished.
Once everything has settled down, you can expect to see final results in 10 to 14 days.
One of the best things about thread lifts is how they deliver ongoing results long after you leave the clinic. When the threads are placed underneath your skin, the body views it as an “injury,” kickstarting its natural healing process. Don’t worry, this is totally normal. It’s just how the body works when it senses a foreign object within the dermis (a layer of skin underneath the surface).
Part of this healing process involves the body reactivating its production of collagen and directing large amounts of it to the “injured” areas. Infusing your skin with collagen combats the ageing process by hydrating, thickening and strengthening your skin. In other words, your skin is restoring and rejuvenating itself long after you’ve left the clinic.
The PDO threads will remain underneath your skin for between 6 and 12 months. They’re completely safe and biodegradable, which means they naturally break down over time. You won’t feel any side effects from the sutures dissolving, nor will you be able to feel the threads underneath your skin once the skin around them heals.
After the sutures fully dissolve, you can expect to see results for another 6 months on average until the body’s production of collagen slows down.
Due to the safe and non-invasive nature of thread lifts, repeated treatments can be carried out if necessary.
You’ll be advised to avoid alcohol and tobacco use at least 5 days before your procedure, along with anything else that may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, such as:
On the day of your procedure, your practitioner will talk you through the potential complications and give you advice about your recovery.
You’ll be free to go home shortly after the procedure.
These threads are 100% Polydioxanone which is a clinically proven bio-compatible and bio-absorbable material that is already widely used in medical suturing.
The procedure itself is minimally invasive and does cause micro-injuries to layers within the skin. As such, patients are given a local anaesthetic before their treatment which will ensure that they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout.
The side effects associated with PDO cog threads are mild to moderate and includes discomfort, swelling and bruising immediately following treatment. A tight sensation is common. Skin dimpling can occur, especially if there is a lot of sagging to be corrected, but usually resolves by itself within days to weeks.