If you’re interested in getting a youthful lift to your face without undergoing a surgical procedure, a threadlift offers an alternative to facelift surgery: the non-surgical facelift. This treatment involves the use of dissolvable PDO sutures to provide instant skin tightening and lifting — with no downtime.
A threadlift involves using sutures made from absorbable, non-toxic material to provide a gentle lift to the skin through strategically placed threads, looped just under the surface. These threads, when tightened, give instant lift to the treatment area. This is why it is often referred to as a “non-surgical facelift”. Because there are no incisions, there are no scars. Results from a threadlift can last for 1 to 2 years before needing to be touched up.
The threads used in a threadlift are made of an absorbable material that will dissolve in the body in 4 to 6 months. This is the same material that is used for cardiothoracic surgery. It’s one of the safest materials to be placed inside of the body. Dissolvable threads work on two fronts: first, by providing the physical mechanism for lifting the skin; and secondly by stimulating natural collagen production. Collagen helps thicken and plump the skin, helping reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and other imperfections.
Before treatment, your skin will be marked for insertion and guidance of the threads. Threading is performed with the patient awake, but under a local anesthetic. While you may feel some pressure as threads are inserted, there should not be any pain. Multiple sutures can be inserted through the same point in the skin.
The dissolvable threads are connected to a thin, long cannula, which will be pushed through the tissue beneath the skin. When the thread gets to the end point, the thread will be released and the cannula will be removed. This process will be repeated until the desired lift has been achieved, with as many 1 to 15 threads inserted, depending on the treatment area. After the tightening is complete, the extra ends of the threads are clipped off. The threads will then be massaged to make sure that the tissue is smooth.
In most cases, swelling and discomfort will be minimal and temporary. Under most circumstances, threadlift patients will be able to resume normal activities within 24 hours. You may be asked to sleep face-up for a couple of weeks.
Exercise can usually be resumed within two weeks. At that point, recovery should be complete, and you should be able to return to life as normal. Taking time to rest and allowing your body to heal will shorten your recovery time. The more you push yourself, the longer your healing response may take.
It is also very important for you to carefully follow the post-care instructions we will give you. Following your procedure, you can further reduce risks for discomfort by doing the following:
If you’re interested in a non-surgical facelift, a threadlift may be the perfect option for you. The best way to learn if you are a good candidate for this procedure is to schedule a consultation at one of our SYDNEY locations. During this visit, we will assess your skin, review all of your options, and help you determine if threading or another skin tightening service would be best for your needs.
In general, the best candidates for this procedure are individuals who:
Threadlift is not a good fit for patients who have known allergic reactions to foreign substances in the body. Men and women who are prone towards keloid scars and/or excessive bleeding should avoid threading services as well. Those with thin or very sensitive skin may also wish to avoid threading, because thinner skin can allow threads to be visible, which can impact results for several months. Side effects of threading are rare, but not impossible. Before your treatment, we will review your medical history to make sure you are not at heightened risk for complications. Regarding side effects, swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort are all possible.
It’s very important for those undergoing a non-surgical face lift with threading to be aware that no lifting procedure can deliver permanent results. A threadlift will typically last from 1 to 3 years, and because it’s such a low-risk procedure, patients who are happy with the results of their threadlift can usually have new threads placed once their old ones are absorbed.