The thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that corrects aged or sagging skin.
As elastin fibres and connecting tissues break down over time, the skin around them can begin to droop and loosen. This makes the face appear older. In the past, the only option was to undergo a traditional facelift involving invasive surgery and a recovery period that stretched over months. Now, however, Polydioxanone (PDO) threads can be used to suspend skin, increasing tautness. These threads are “stitched” into the face, pulling affected areas of skin and tightening them.
A thread lift can deliver cosmetic benefits in two ways. The threads create a mechanical lifting action that tightens skin and pulls out wrinkles and folds. When this happens, the body responds to the invasion by producing its own collagen. This is a defense mechanism – aimed at fighting off the foreign body. As threads dissolve, they are absorbed into the body triggering the production of yet more collagen. This naturally-occurring substance fills out the face, enhancing the results of the initial procedure and prolonging the benefits.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT
Thread lifts are still minimally invasive, so you should expect a degree of pain and discomfort for a few days after the procedure. You’ll usually be given a series of local anaesthetic injections, but general anaesthesia options may be available too. If you’re looking for fast results without the expense and long-term recovery of traditional facelift surgery, a thread lift could be the appropriate procedure for you.
WHO IS THIS FOR
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity—such as jowls and drooping cheeks—was facelift surgery. After all, while skin resurfacing treatments can help to restore some degree of firmness, once loose skin is present, only a scalpel can truly remove it. However, while the approach of relying on injectable compounds and skin resurfacing until facelift surgery becomes absolutely necessary works for many patients, not everyone is willing or able to have surgery. If you’re in this group, you’ll be happy to know that a new type of procedure has been developed to fill in the gap between noninvasive facial rejuvenation and facelift surgery: The “thread lift.”
What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging in another way: by provoking the body’s “healing response” and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas. This is important because of the vital role collagen plays in the aging process.
Collagen helps support “growth factors” that greatly influences the condition of our skin. In addition to being used for wound healing, collagen helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce less and less collagen, which leads to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. This loss of volume and strength is a large factor in the creation of excess skin and wrinkles. As the skin grows weaker, it’s no longer able to support the tissues beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it. Infusing the skin of the face with fresh collagen when the signs of skin laxity are still mild can help to both reduce looseness (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent it from getting worse (by strengthening the skin).
In other words, this process provides ongoing and progressive rejuvenation for the facial tissues. Patients who have a thread lift for the purpose of stimulating collagen will notice a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness. While their threads are in place, the body’s healing response will be constantly activated because the body will want to “heal” the sutured areas and expel the sutures. The body is biologically programmed to react this way when it senses any foreign object present within the dermis. Fortunately, because the threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are so small, the patient will not feel any of this happening. Most people cannot feel their sutures at all once the skin has healed around them.