Tell me all about Thread Lifts!
A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure where we utilise dissolvable sutures to produce a subtle but visible ‘lift’ in the skin. Unlike normal sutures, these threads are made of Poly-L-Lactic acid. This acid is what we call a bio-stimulator, as it prompts the formation of collagen and elastin. We place these threads in the subcutaneous layer of the skin in areas such as the cheeks, jowls and neck. We then tighten the sutures under your skin, fixing them with tension which creates a lift to that area of your face. In addition to lifting the skin, the threads provoke the body’s wound healing response which causes the body to produce collagen in the treated areas.
Compared to a surgical facelift, there are many advantages of having a thread lift. The procedure uses minimally invasive techniques and local anesthetic, therefore the risk of complications are reduced. These include a lower risk of bruising, bleeding and infection. You can also expect a reduced recovery time from the treatment, less pain and downtime post. As a bonus, the treatment is more cost effective. Unlike a surgical facelift, thread lifts will lift the face by a few millimeters, resulting in a more natural look.
You will see an immediate lift to the treated area. However, your results will be best observed after 3 months. It is at this time many clients notice a gradual improvement in their skins tone and firmness. Overtime, your body will absorb these threads. The results of a threadlift can last anywhere between 2-4 years.
What to expect..
Our threadlift procedures are exclusively performed in clinic by our Cosmetic Doctor, Dr Alex. The length of your treatment can take approximately one hour. This depends on how many threads you are having placed into your skin. Prior to your treatment, Dr Alex will run you through the do’s and don’ts associated with your threadlift.
To make the experience more comfortable, we utilise local anesthetic injections to the entry and exit points of where the threads are placed. From here, Dr Alex may inject a bio-stimulator along where the threads are placed via a cannula. This additional treatment assists in building further collagen and elastin in the deeper structures of the skin. Bio-stimulators help to improve your skins intgrity from the inside out.
The thread is then inserted in the desired area, pulled and tightened to create the desired lifting effect. You may feel a bit of tension at this time through the area being treated, but the technique shouldn’t cause pain. The threadlines are then smoothed out and taped over. This is to sustain the initial lift during your inflammatory respose to the treatment. We advise to keep these in place for the first couple of days post the procedure so that your body has time to ‘anchor’ the threads in place.
Downtime after a threadlift is different for everyone and will depend on how many threads are placed into the skin. It is not uncommon to bruise post the procedure. This is quite often seen at the entry points where the threads are introduced into the dermal layer. Ice can be applied to the skin in intervals to assist the swelling response.