We know that most people hate the sagging skin and lines that develop as we get older. Thread lifts have become an increasingly popular and cost-effective method of lifting and tightening skin. Often referred to as a non-surgical facelift the use of threads to lift sagging skin can be done in the clinic with only a brief downtime.
There are a range of treatment options for patients wanting to improve sagging skin. All have pros and cons, some work better than others and some will suit certain patients more than others. It is important to discuss realistic expectations, potential side effects and cost effectiveness of any treatment including skin lifting procedures. For the right patient a Thread lift treatment can provide a great result for 1-2 years.
Internal sutures have been used in surgery for over 50 years. These sutures help with wound healing and do not need to be removed as they are naturally broken down by the body. Thread lifts consist of placing small threads into the skin made from the same material used for internal sutures (called polydioxanone or PDO). When inserted into the skin the threads cause physical tightening in the surrounding tissues and a stimulation of natural collagen. Thread lifting has been used since 2011 and there have been constant improvements in the procedure. The fine Mono threads now used in thread lifts have many advantages and fewer side effects than the early thread procedures that used long barbed threads.
There can be some immediate improvement, but the real benefits occur over the next 12 weeks through tissue contraction and the stimulation of collagen. Results last approximately 1-2 years from a procedure that can be done in the rooms with only topical anaesthetic and takes about 30-45 minutes. The downtime is usually only for 4-5 days.
Both men and women with some sagging and fine lines. Typically, in the 35–65-year age group for those not yet ready or interested in an invasive procedure like a surgical facelift. It is more budget friendly than a surgical facelift with less downtime, but realistic expectations are important. If you have very deep wrinkles or a lot of sagging, you will not get a great result from thread lifts. Whilst you will have fresher and younger looking skin do not expect it to take 20 years off your facial appearance.
You may notice some immediate lifting, but it usually takes 12 weeks to see the best results. There can continue to be some further improvement over the next 6 months. The Mono threads slowly dissolve with results lasting around 12 months but some get benefit for up to 2 years.
Thread lifts can be used in any area of skin where there is a concern over sagging skin. The commonest areas where Mono threads are used are on the neck and facial areas such as the cheeks, forehead, mouth lines, crow’s feet and browlift. Many other areas can also be treated such as the knees and even the abdomen and buttocks.
Treatment cost starts at $600-$1500, and it depends on how many threads are used. This is determined by how much lifting is needed and the number of areas you want treated. The Mono thread treatment is highly customised, and an individual treatment plan is necessary which is fully discussed and arranged at the initial consultation.
Expect around 5 days of swelling and there can be some surface bruising. It is best to not plan any important social events or occasions for 1 week after a Mono thread treatment. The area that is treated can be tender for several days.
They are very different procedures in terms of results, costs, and downtime. A surgical facelift treats more severe sagging and will give longer lasting results but at a greater cost and more downtime. For less severe sagging the threadlift can give great results that can last 1-2 years at an affordable cost with minimal downtime. The threadlift can also be used after a facelift when the surgical results start to wear off.
It is wise to schedule a Mono thread procedure at least one week before any special occasion or event as there will be some bruising and there can be swelling and tenderness for around 5 days. To minimize swelling and bruising avoid alcohol and anti-inflammatory medications for 24 hours before the procedure. Treatment should be deferred if there is any skin infection in the treatment area or if you feel unwell in any way.
Surface bruising is expected and this can last several days. Some swelling can occur, and cold packs can be applied to the treated area after treatment. No makeup in the first 24 hours. Sleep on your back with your head elevated for 3 nights. Avoid excessive muscle movement of the area (such as not biting into large apples or hamburgers). You can return to exercise after 1 week but avoid contact sports for 3 weeks. It is advised to defer any dental surgery for 4 weeks and facial laser or radiofrequency on the treatment area for 3 months. A review is typically scheduled at 2 weeks then 12 weeks.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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