Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons
Thread lifting, endearingly termed the "lunchtime facelift," represents a revolution in non-invasive facial rejuvenation. A contrast to traditional surgical facelifts, this procedure offers an innovative approach to combat the natural sagging and aging of the skin. Unlike procedures that demand extensive surgery, thread lifting utilizes the intrinsic healing capabilities of the human body, resulting in a refined, youthful contouring of the face without the associated lengthy recovery times of surgical interventions.
At its core, thread lifting employs biocompatible threads which are expertly introduced beneath the skin’s surface. The application of these threads serves a dual purpose. Initially, as these threads are placed, they provide an instant scaffolding for the skin, lifting, tightening, and thereby reshaping the contours of the face. This immediate transformation is one of the key reasons why the procedure has garnered immense popularity among those seeking quick yet effective aesthetic solutions.
Beyond the immediate lift, the real beauty of thread lifting lies in its long-term effects. These threads, while offering structural support, also stimulate the body’s natural processes to produce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Each of these components plays a pivotal role in the maintenance and rejuvenation of the skin. Collagen, for instance, is responsible for the skin's strength and structure. As we age, the natural production of collagen diminishes, leading to wrinkles and sagging. By stimulating collagen production, thread lifting effectively combats these aging signs. Elastin gives our skin the elasticity to return to its original position when poked or pinched, and hyaluronic acid ensures our skin remains hydrated, plump, and youthful.
The threads themselves are designed to be absorbed safely by the body over a span of months. As they dissolve, they leave behind a trail of benefits, with the skin appearing more taut, rejuvenated, and radiant. This absorption process ensures that there are no foreign entities left within the skin, making it a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation.
Many potential patients often weigh the pros and cons of a traditional surgical facelift against thread lifting. While both have their merits, it's imperative to note that thread lifting is particularly beneficial for those standing at the crossroads of requiring some facial rejuvenation but not wanting or not being ready for a full surgical procedure. The minimal invasiveness of thread lifting translates to reduced recovery times, less risk of complications, and an overall quicker and smoother aesthetic journey.
That said, while the results are undeniably impactful, they are also gracefully subtle. The intent is not to transform but to enhance, not to alter drastically but to elevate one's natural beauty. This ensures that post-procedure, patients don't face the jarring reality of looking starkly different but rather enjoy the gratification of looking like a refreshed, younger version of themselves.
Thread lifting bridges the gap between non-invasive aesthetic treatments and surgical facelifts. It’s an ode to modern aesthetic medicine that such a procedure exists, one that offers the best of both worlds - immediacy in results and long-term skin benefits. At SRGN, our commitment is to bring you treatments that not only enhance your outer beauty but also ensure your well-being and comfort. Thread lifting, with its myriad benefits and reduced risks, stands as a testament to this commitment.
Immediate, with some caution
Typically 2-3 days
24 hours post-procedure
Recommended after 1 week
The threads utilized in the thread lifting procedure are fashioned from a material that's specifically designed to be biocompatible, ensuring the body recognizes and accepts them without adverse reactions. Primarily, they are made from a compound called Polydioxanone (PDO), which has been used in medical sutures for years and is known for its safety. As they are introduced into the skin, these threads work to provide an immediate lift, all while initiating processes that rejuvenate the skin from within. Over a period, usually months, the body naturally absorbs these threads. As they dissolve, they trigger collagen production, a critical component in maintaining youthful, elastic skin. Hence, even as the threads disappear, their legacy remains, leaving behind firmer, more radiant skin.
The idea of threads being introduced beneath the skin might sound daunting, but in reality, the procedure is designed to be as comfortable as possible. Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic is judiciously applied to the target areas, numbing them. This ensures that the sensations felt during the process are minimal. Most patients report feeling a slight tugging or gentle pulling sensation, but not pain per se. Post-procedure, any discomfort is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, if required.
As with any aesthetic procedure, thread lifting comes with its set of potential side effects. However, given its non-invasive nature, these are usually mild and temporary. Some individuals might experience swelling, minor pain, or bruising at the treatment site. These effects, though not universal, are natural responses as the body adjusts to the introduced threads and typically resolve within a few days. It's essential to follow post-procedure care guidelines provided by your practitioner, as this ensures optimal healing and reduces the chances of complications.
The longevity of thread lifting results is one of its standout features. Typically, the effects can be enjoyed anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, with variations depending on individual factors. Elements like age, skin quality, lifestyle habits, and even genetic factors can influence the duration of the results. The threads themselves dissolve over months, but the collagen production they stimulate ensures the skin remains rejuvenated for an extended period. For sustained results, some individuals opt for touch-up sessions, which can be discussed with the practitioner.
Thread lifting and surgical facelifts, while both targeting facial rejuvenation, cater to different needs and outcomes. A surgical facelift offers more dramatic, extensive, and lasting results, making it ideal for those with significant skin sagging and aging signs. In contrast, thread lifting provides subtle enhancements, tightening, and lifting without the need for incisions or extensive downtime. It's perfect for those on the cusp of requiring rejuvenation but not quite ready for a full surgical procedure. While thread lifting cannot replicate the comprehensive results of a surgical facelift, it's an excellent intermediate solution offering a blend of immediacy and natural-looking outcomes.