Learn about a non-invasive alternative for face lifting

Thread lifting is sometimes referred to as a non-invasive alternative to a surgical facelift. Although it does not last as long, it has less risks associated and costs a fraction of the price. Threads can be preferrable to fillers for those who are looking to restore facial structures.

How do they work?

A thin needle or cannula (a tube that can be inserted into the body for the delivery or removal of fluid) will be used to insert fine and dissolvable sutures (surgical threads) into your face. These are then hoisted up tight in order to lift and sculpt your sagging skin. Typically, the areas which can be targeted during this procedure are:

● Jowls and jawline
● Forehead
● Cheeks
● Brows
● Under-eyes

Threads can also be used on the body, for example neck, knees, breasts or buttocks. These thread procedures may take longer and be more expensive due to an increased amount of threads used.

The procedure itself usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on which threads are used and what areas are targeted.

There are three types of threads that can be used: mono, cog and screw threads. Mono threads are smooth without barbs and are anchored to a point on the face or the scalp. Cog threads have barbs which hook onto the skin to provide support and lift the sagging tissue. Screw threads have one or two intertwined threads around the needle and provide good volume restoration to sunken areas of the skin. Your practitioner may only use one type, so it’s important to establish beforehand exactly what you want the threads to do to check they are the most suitable option for you.

What are the results?

Full results are usually seen a few days after the initial procedure as the threads are absorbed into the skin, stimulating it to make more collagen.

Following a thread lift, you may experience side effects of bruising, swelling or bleeding. There is minimal recovery time for this procedure, and all of these will usually rectify themselves after a few days. The results of a thread lift typically last between one to three years.

Choosing a practitioner

Like every other aesthetic procedure, it’s important to research your clinic and practitioner thoroughly before getting the treatment. Ask about the brands they use and the evidence behind them, as well as what training and experience they have in carrying out thread procedures – can they show you any before and after photographs?

It’s also important they explain the side effects and potential complications to you in detail, with advice on how they would manage these if anything did go wrong so you know you’re in safe hands.

Thread-lifting procedures are more heavily regulated than filler treatments and can only be carried out by medical professionals in a clinic registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Most clinics that are CQC-registered will have a logo on their website stating this, but you can always check the CQC website to confirm.

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