The minimally invasive “facelift” option known as thread lifts became available in the 1990s and was curiously explored by beauty gurus as a safer option than facelift surgery. Back then, there were several risks and noticeable complications including common swelling and visible lumps under the facial skin after receiving a thread lift. The brief healing period after treatment was prone to infection and sometimes physical rejection of the threads. Luckily, though, as technology continues to improve, threads are now a whole new facial rejuvenation option in a much safer, more promising way. What is a thread lift with these new improvements and higher satisfaction rate?
What is a Thread Lift and How Does It Work?
A thread lift is a type of cosmetic procedure that intends to lift and tighten the skin of the face, neck, jaw, or other areas of the body. The results are able to resemble the look of a surgical facelift, but without any incisions or removal of facial tissue. Compared to facelift surgery, threads are safe, low-cost, don’t require general anesthesia, and have a short recovery period. You can read more about the positive results in this article: Benefits of Thread Lifts.
The thread lift procedure is done by inserting temporary “threads” into the skin via long needles that are then carefully removed. The thread is lifted slightly and helps pull up sagging areas, causing a tighter, raised appearance. The threads also activate the body’s healing response, as it reacts to what it thinks is a foreign object under the skin. Therefore this process further encourages collagen stimulation, which helps the skin regenerate and maintain a plump, youthful complexion.
How are Thread Lifts Better Now?
Since the introduction of PDO threads (polydioxanone threads), thread lift treatments have improved greatly. PDO threads are FDA approved and board-certified. They’re fairly small and are gentle on the body.
These same PDOs are also used in common medical operations like dental surgery and heart operations. They are designed to dissolve into the skin on their own within 6 months, leaving no scarring, residue, or harsh metal “anchor” behind. This is an ideal option when considering cosmetic enhancement procedures since it’s safe, and demands little to no downtime.
PDO threads can be completely smooth, or barbed. Barbed sutures help to grab onto the skin tissue in order to better lift excess skin in areas such as cheeks, chin, neck, and jowls. Smooth threads are more focused on collagen production overall, but can still be used in addition to barbed threads for a better effect.
How is a Thread Lift Done?
Only local anesthesia is used during thread lifts, which means areas of the skin being treated receive temporary numbing. There’s no unconsciousness or “going under” during this process, so the patient is even able to drive themselves home after.
The entire procedure takes about two hours at the very most. Sutures are injected with fine, coned needles. The PDO threads remain under the skin in the appropriate area of concern, instantly lifting and boosting collagen to the skin. Collagen is a primary factor in anti-aging and helps improve the condition of healthy skin.
Not only do thread lifts show instant results, but the quality of improvement can also be noticed long term. The PDOs won’t be felt after a few days of initial mild swelling and soreness, but they’ll still be working with the body’s natural response in a way that improves the lifted look.
What is a Thread Lift Recovery Time?
As mentioned, the downtime after receiving thread lifts are quite short. Since there’s no general anesthesia the individual can resume daily tasks the day after. There’s no intense pain, scars to heal, or readjustment period as there would be with plastic surgery. Results are immediate and improve over the general two years that effects can be noticeable.
How much Does a Thread Lift Cost?
Every medical spa and professional esthetician will have different costs, but usually, this type of treatment costs anywhere from $1,200 to $5,000. Depending on the intensity of skin sagging or the number of thread placements you are looking for, prices vary. Talk to your thread lift technician about any questions or concerns you might have before deciding on the procedure. Although this is a new and improved low-risk treatment, there are still some possible risks and side effects to be aware of.
Overall, a thread lift is a wonderful option if you’re looking for improvement in troubled areas of the skin but don’t want to go through with a traditional face lift. You can reach out to plastic surgeons and professional aesthetic centers near you to see who can give you the best results. Do your research, ask questions, and look at before and after photos of the person you’re considering receiving threads from.