Thread Lift is also known as Non-surgical Face Lift.
A procedure where specialized absorbable suture material is positioned within the layers of the skin to gently ‘lift’ the mild sagging that occurs with natural ageing.
It works in two ways: the physical lifting’ effect of pulling the thread to the desired position and the long-term benefits of the suture material stimulating collagen within the skin.
The most commonly used threads are made of Polydioxanone (PDO), Polylactic acid (PLA) or Polycaprolactone (PCA). Out of these, PDO threads are the most commonly used. All these materials, when placed in the skin, trigger cells called Fibroblasts, which in turn produce collagen.
The threads themselves dissolve by around 6 months after treatment but they leave behind the longer-lasting collagen that forms like scaffolding around it. This results in a long-term tightening and rejuvenation of the skin. Advantages of thread lifting are that it is non-surgical and hence is less risky, can be done under local anaesthesia and costs much less.
The disadvantage is that the results aren’t permanent, so repeat treatment may be necessary. It is also not a substitute for surgery, as many patients would not be ideal candidates for thread lifting. PDO threads are also popularly used for simple skin rejuvenation without lifting. Mono threads are small, thin PDO threads that are inserted into the skin in a grid-like pattern. This stimulates collagen production in the entire area and gives long-lasting anti-ageing and rejuvenation results.
After appropriate topical or local anaesthesia, the fine threads are carefully inserted just below the skin surface.
This will give an initial gentle lifting effect, but over the next few months, the effect will be enhanced.
Common undesirable effects are pain, swelling, redness, visible threads (these can be removed).
The results take around 2-3months and can last up to 18 months, depending on the patient’s skin physiology.
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