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Thread Lifting

Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons

What is Thread Lifting?

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.

At a glance

Treatment Time

1-2 hours

Mobility

Immediate, with some caution

Hospital Stay

Not required

Full Recovery

7 days

Time off work

Typically 2-3 days

Shower

24 hours post-procedure

Exercise

Recommended after 1 week

Driving

24 hours

Benefits of the treatment

The allure of thread lifting is multifaceted, spanning from its procedural simplicity to its long-term skin health benefits. When we delve deeper into the advantages this treatment offers, it becomes clear why it has risen to prominence in the realm of aesthetic enhancements.

One of the most striking benefits of thread lifting is its minimal invasiveness. In the vast landscape of cosmetic procedures, many demand extensive surgery, potential scars, and prolonged recovery times. Thread lifting, however, stands as an exception. By using biocompatible threads introduced just beneath the skin's surface, the procedure manages to forego the complexities associated with more invasive surgeries. The absence of large incisions means there's a dramatic reduction in post-operative discomfort and scarring. This approachable nature of the procedure encourages many who would otherwise shy away from the idea of surgery to take a step towards their desired aesthetic goals.

Another commendable advantage is the short duration of the procedure itself. Often completed within a few hours, it has rightfully earned the moniker "lunchtime facelift." This swiftness ensures that individuals don't have to set aside extensive amounts of time from their busy schedules, making the treatment both convenient and practical. Moreover, the immediate results post-procedure are nothing short of impressive. Upon completion, there's a visible lift and reshaping of facial contours, offering an instant confidence boost.

Yet, while these immediate results are certainly captivating, the long-term skin health benefits of thread lifting are equally, if not more, compelling. As the threads work their magic beneath the skin, they stimulate the natural production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These vital components of skin health ensure sustained rejuvenation. Over time, as the body's production of these elements usually diminishes, thread lifting acts as a catalyst, ensuring the skin remains plump, youthful, and radiant for longer durations.

Furthermore, the results thread lifting offers are sophisticated in their subtlety. Unlike some procedures that can lead to a drastically altered appearance, thread lifting aims to enhance one's inherent beauty. The results, therefore, are both organic and graceful, ensuring individuals look like refreshed versions of themselves rather than entirely different.

In the grand tapestry of aesthetic medicine, thread lifting stands out as a harmonious blend of immediacy and lasting benefits. It addresses both the immediate desires of patients and their long-term skin health, making it an exemplary choice for holistic facial rejuvenation. At SRGN, we believe in offering treatments that cater to the entirety of an individual's aesthetic journey, and thread lifting perfectly embodies that philosophy.

What Are The Threads Made Of?

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.

Will I Feel Pain During The Procedure?

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.

Are There Any Side Effects?

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.

How Long Do The Results Last?

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.

Can Thread Lifting Replace A Surgical Facelift?

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.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

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