About Thread Lift
A thread lift is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure performed to treat sagging tissues on the face and/or body. Aging and the effects of gravity result in facial volume loss and the formation of jowls, laugh lines, and marionette lines. Thread lifting tightens and lifts the skin in specific areas of the face, neck, or body by inserting dissolvable sutures just beneath the skin’s surface. Thread lifts are an effective way to lift and contour sagging tissues without the need for surgery.
Commonly asked questions about Thread Lift
Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Thread Lift here.
1. What is a thread lift?
Thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that offers a less invasive alternative to facelift surgery. Thread lifts, also known as barbed suture lifts or thread facelifts, use dissolvable medical-grade sutures to stitch-up and tighten the skin. By inserting threads beneath the skin’s surface, regenerative elements in the body, such as collagen production, occur and tighten the skin, giving it an elastic, youthful appearance.
2. Am I a good candidate for a thread lift?
Unlike other anti-aging treatments, thread lifts are a natural way to combat the signs of aging while improving appearance. You may be a good candidate for a thread lift if you:
- Are showing mild to moderate signs of aging (often individuals in the 30 to 55 age range)
- Have loose skin around the face, neck, or other areas of the body
- Are in good overall health
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations
3. How does a thread lift work?
Thin, dissolvable sutures are threaded just beneath the skin’s surface, lifting, and repositioning the skin with tiny barbs, and tightening the skin around the face, neck, or torso. The “barbs” are painless and invisible, gripping the underlying tissue and activating the body’s healing response. When the body detects a suture material, it naturally stimulates collagen production. Collagen fills gaps in sagging skin, giving the skin a firm, smooth, elastic, and youthful appearance.
4. How is a thread lift procedure performed?
Step One – Anesthesia
A local anesthetic will be applied to the areas being treated, ensuring that there is no discomfort during the procedure.
Step 2 – Insertion of Threads
A type of polydioxnone (PDO) thread will be inserted just beneath the skin’s surface with a fine needle or cannula. Once inserted, the threads will be manipulated into tightening, lifting, and positioning the tissue, resulting in revitalized skin, added volume, and skin tissue support.
Step 3 – Positioning the Tissue
Your preferred provider will strategically position the tissue to achieve the most natural-looking and effective results. The physician will snip the ends of the thread and typically apply an antibiotic cream to the affected areas.
5. How long does a thread lift procedure take to perform?
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, a thread lift can take anywhere from forty-five minutes to two hours to complete.
6. What is recovery like after a thread lift?
Following a thread lift procedure, patients may experience bruising, swelling, tightness, and soreness in the treated areas. All these sensations should subside within two to three weeks, but patients commonly return to work and normal activities within one or two weeks. It is critical to follow the instructions provided by the preferred physician, which may include two to three days of icing after the procedure, applying antibiotic ointment, and avoiding unnecessary pressure on the area treated. Strenuous exercise, excessive sweating, the sun, and dental appointments should also be avoided while recovering.
7. How soon will I see results?
After the threads are placed, the results are immediately visible, but patients may notice a greater difference as swelling and bruising subside. As the threads are gradually absorbed by the body, collagen production will be stimulated, lifting the tissues. The process of collagen naturally forming around the thread, resulting in dramatic results, usually takes about three months.
8. How long do results last?
Thread lifts are not considered permeant treatments. Over time the threads used in the procedure will be absorbed by the tissue beneath the skin. Threads can last anywhere from six months to three years, depending on factors such as thread thickness/type and how quickly the body metabolizes them. However, because of the natural stimulation of collagen production, elastin, and binding tissue in the body, the effects of a thread lift will last for months after the thread dissolves, resulting in effects lasting over a year.
For optimal, longer-lasting results, individuals often receive one to two treatments spaced about one month apart, followed by yearly maintenance treatments.
9. How much does a thread lift cost in Canada?
The cost of a thread lift varies depending on the area being treated and the number of maintenance treatments. In Canada, the cost of a thread lift typically ranges between $1,500 to $6,999.
10. What are the risks of a thread lift?
A thread lift is a low-risk treatment, however, with any cosmetic procedure there can be adverse effects and side effects including, but not limited to:
- Infection at the site of the procedure
- Allergic reaction
- Thread migration
- Nerve damage
- Damage to the salivary ducts
- Formation of nodules
11. Is a thread lift worth it?
218/278 people who have undergone a thread lift rated the treatment “Worth It” (78%)