Improving the skin on your face and neck effectively, without a surgical procedure and with immediate results is already a reality: facelift threads or thread lift.
Thread-lift is an alternative method to achieve taut, natural and healthy-looking skin without going under the surgeon’s knife. It is not a new technique, though. In fact we have been using threads in our aesthetic medicine procedures for decades. What is new, and has brought about a revolution in facial rejuvenation, is that the facelift threads are completely reabsorbable and made from biological material.
What is a Thread Lift?
Thread lift consists of reabsorbable suture threads recommended for treating sagging skin. These threads are not smooth, they have teeth-like barbs or cogs and need to be fixed to the fat. It may sometimes be necessary to place an additional fixation stitch in an invisible area such as behind the hairline or ears. The thread lift can be made from propylene or polydioxanone.
What are Korean threads?
Korean threads are made of pure polydioxanone (PDO). They are placed at different levels using an introducer. There are various thread sizes and diameters. This class of thread is a new generation of lifting threads. Their principal function is to provide support and stimulate the natural process of collagen induction.
What is polydioxanone?
It is a material used for cardiac surgery and ophthalmology techniques. They are absorbable and biocompatible suture threads which promote cell cohesion.
What is a Thread Lift best suited for?
Among the benefits provided by facelift threads or Korean threads are:
• Hiding wrinkles around the eyes.
• Lifting the cheeks.
• Firming up the neck.
• Lifting the eyebrows.
• Improving a double chin.
• Touching up the wrinkles around the mouth.
• Firming up the contours of the face.
• Smoothing away forehead lines.
• Giving our face symmetry.
How is the Thread Lift performed?
Treatment with facelift threads or Korean threads is a type of skin tightening based on implanting a network of micro-threads. This network acts as a support for the tissues and causes an instantaneous firming effect and favours the natural production of collagen.
It is a painless treatment. No stitches or incisions are required.
Korean threads are technically easier to place. Both procedures can be performed in the consulting room under local anaesthetic, without hospitalisation. Patients can leave with an immediate result and without any marks.
How long do these treatments last?
The effects can be seen immediately, and they reach their full intensity about 2-3 months after treatment. These treatments can last for up to 18 months, but this depends on the patient’s particular characteristics and their skin type.
Korean threads will be used for moderate to mild sagginess. As they do not require fixing they cannot support the same looseness as the lifting threads.
If there is moderate to severe sagginess facelift threads will be sufficient. Nevertheless, when there is a significant amount of sagginess, and the wrinkles are already very noticeable, a surgical facelift will be the best option.
Thread treatments are compatible with other types of treatments such as mesotherapy, platelet rich plasma infiltration, laser or botulinum toxins.