Threads, also often referred to as sutures are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment. They lift sagging skin on the face, jowls, brow and neck and stimulate collagen as the threads are absorbed by the body. A thread lift is not a substitute for a facelift, it gives less dramatic results, looks very natural and is often a stepping stone when surgery is not needed or the recovery time is not available. It gives a rejuvenated and refreshed look with subtle results rather than dramatic results which would be achieved by a surgical facelift. There are no scars, minimal downtime and it takes just 30-60 minutes to transformation.
It is common to combine a thread lift with other non-invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and PRP to improve skin texture and contouring of the face.
PDO threads are barbed sutures which are used to lift sagging eyebrows and eyelids, deep nasolabial folds (those furrows between your nose and the corners of your mouth) or aging neck tissues. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift the sagging skin, and the teeth on the other end anchor the skin to the underlying facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scars are produced. This is sometimes referred to as the lunchtime and gives a small lift for a woman aged 35-50 who have minimal signs of aging and laxity.
Q: How is it done?
A small thin needle is used to insert the sutures under the facial tissues. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift the sagging skin, and the teeth on the other end anchor the skin to the underlying facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scars are produced.
Q: What is an alternative treatment?
Dermal fillers, muscle relaxing injections, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, fat transfer, face lift, neck lift.
Q: What type of anaesthetic is used?
Q: How long will the procedure take?
About 1 hour
Q: Are there any risks or complications?
All interventions carry a risk. The risks associated with these procedures include: pain, discomfort, bleeding, bruising, swelling, infection, skin puckering asymmetry.
Q: What is the Recovery time?
About 7 days. It will take about 2-4 weeks to settle down but the skin will continue to remodel with collagen for 3-6 months.
Q: How long will results last?
The youthful result of the procedure will last 12-15 months. This will vary depending on the patient’s age at the time of the treatment, the quality of their skin and the degree of sagging.