A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tightens skin tissue, giving a more youthful appearance. Typically performed on the face and known as a non-surgical facelift, it is an alternative to a traditional facelift or neck lift, which are more invasive procedures.
Recently, the technique been used on other areas of the body, including the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, breasts and waistline. However, the thread facelift is still the most common thread lift procedure.
How Does a Thread Lift Work?
The threads used in this procedure are made from surgical-grade material and are the key to the treatment’s success. PDO (polydioxanone) is the most common. It is widely used and is the same material used in sutures.
The length, shape and thickness of PDO threads are crucial to the result of the treatment as they all serve a unique purpose. More than one type may be used in a PDO thread lift treatment, depending on the desired cosmetic goals, and the preference of the administering practitioner.
Threads are inserted under the skin and perform several functions.
1: Primarily, they lift sagging skin. This is carried out mechanically by the practitioner. The threads have invisible barbs that grab the underlying tissues under the skin. When they are pulled this lifts the skin to minimize the signs of ageing.
2: The barbed threads trigger the body’s healing response. This is because the body detects them under the skin, and even though they are not causing injury, it stimulates the body to produce collagen in the affected area. Collagen forms a supporting matrix under the skin that stops skin sagging and restores elasticity for a more youthful appearance.
3: Collagen production has a thickening and tightening effect on the connective layers in the skin. Consequently, this leads to fat tissues contracting and becoming less visible beneath the strengthened dermis layer of the skin. Thus, thread lift treatment can also result in a slimming effect.