What is a Thread Lift?

With the passage of time, our skin loses firmness and elasticity. To have a well defined face, you can opt for a thread lift. The effects are instantaneous and it doesn't require anesthesia or hospitalization.
What is a Thread Lift?

Last update: 17 January, 2019

A thread lift is a treatment for facial flabbiness, a problem that worries both women and men.

To have a well-defined face without signs of the passage of time, it’s important to know that it’s not necessary to undergo costly and painful aesthetic surgeries. After all, now you can opt for a thread lift.

In this article, we’ll tell you more about it.

What You Need to Know about a Thread Lift

What to Know About Lifting with Threads

Also known as tension threads or “magic threads,” this face lift aims to rejuvenate the internal tissues of the skin by correcting flabbiness. The procedure is quick, without incisions and with bio-compatible material. That’s why it’s so popular.

Thread lifts started in Japan. Believe it or not, it came from the technique used to suture heart operations. It doesn’t cause any problems like allergies. They use Polydioxanone material to perform the procedure.  

Believe it or not, the use of threads to tighten or give a better look to the skin is not new. However, it’s true that techniques have been improving over time.

In the 80’s, for example, “gold threads” were used. However, the main problem with this technique was that the material caused adverse reactions. For example, many experienced irregularity in the dermal tissue, hardening in the treated area, etc.

Thread lifts manage to return the firmness of the face and neck through a kind of mesh-like fabric where threads are interlocked. This “mask” is then placed on the skin to hold the facial tissue.

See also: 7 Facial Exercises to Prevent Sagging and Premature Wrinkles

How is a Thread Lift Done?

How to Apply Lifting with Threads

First of all, the technique is 100% personalized. Thus, they perform it keeping in mind the needs of each patient such as age, facial structure and degree of flaccidity.

Approximately 10 to 20 threads are inserted with a needle-thin cannula through the subcutaneous tissue. When they remove them, the thread stretches by itself. The result is more elastic and youthful skin.

One of the main advantages of a thread lift is that there are very few cases of allergies or rejections. In turn, the threads are not visible and require little maintenance. 

Many call polydioxanone (PDO) threads “magical.” After all, they have the ability to form support tissue naturally. Meanwhile, they also help in the formation of fibroblasts and collagen around them to tighten and re-densify the skin.

The results of this technique are progressive and quite natural. You can notice the first choices after the third week and improve up to 3 months after the application.

The session to implant the tensor threads lasts approximately 30 minutes. You must repeat it after 6 months.

The side effects of this beauty treatment are:

  • Redness at the insertion points.
  • Bruising if a capillary breaks.
  • Passing pain (disappears within 2 to 6 days).
  • Mild edema.

A thread lift is appropriate for people starting at the age of 35.  It’s good for both men and women who wish to repair, prevent or improve facial sagging. You can also combine it with other treatments, such as mesotherapy, radio frequency or plasma application.

However, it’s worth noting that this treatment is not recommended in people who have excessive flaccidity due to advanced age or those who want to solve skin sagging that comes from obesity or a large weight loss.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Thread Lifts

Advantages and disadvantages of thread lift

The main uses of the tension threads are:

  • Elevation of  the cheeks,
  • Elimination of wrinkles around the eyes,
  • Neck reaffirmation,
  • Reduction of the “double chin,”
  • Improvement of naso-labial folds.

You can also use thread lifts for treatments in other parts of the body (buttocks, abdomen, breasts, arms, etc.).

Among the advantages of this treatment we highlight:

  • Immediate effects and no changes in facial expression.
  • It doesn’t require anesthesia, hospitalization or special preparation.
  • The threads are not visible, offering a more natural result.
  • There are no scars or bleeding. Plus, you can combine the treatment with other techniques.
  • The material used is biological and does not produce allergies or rejections (and are naturally reabsorbed).
  • It’s a quick treatment and can be applied as many times as necessary.

On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages of thread lifting:

  • Bruising, swelling or slight infection may occur in some patients.
  • If the person who does the procedure has no experience, it can cause asymmetries in the face.
  • The results are not permanent and they disappear progressively if they are not maintainedAfter 12 months, there are no traces of the threads if you do not get another application.
  • In a very low percentage, a tensioner thread can break and cause health risks.
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