The thread lift is not new but recent technological advances means it has become safer, more predictable, and effective, delivering both an instant lift as well as stimulating collagen production for a further, natural rejuvenation. So, could the thread lift replace the surgical facelift or the ever-popular dermal filler treatment?
Thread lift vs facelift
The thread lift uses sutures composed of products such as polydioxanone (PDO), poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA). These are highly biocompatible, are reabsorbed into the body over time and have been used safely in medicine for many years.
Threads are inserted into the dermis, which are then pulled to lift sagging skin and other facial tissues. The body’s natural reaction to the sutures is to simulate collagen production so there is further tissue regeneration over the following months.
For patients in their 30s to 50s who have started to see the visible signs of skin ageing but aren’t ready for surgery, thread lifts are an exciting option. It’s also a relatively painless and quick procedure with minimal downtime. The results last up to two years, so for patients that want longer-lasting results or have marked skin laxity, a surgical facelift might be the preferred option.
Thread lifts vs dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are typically composed of hyaluronic acid and are injected into the dermis to revolumise the face and provide a mild lifting effect. They can also be more effective at contouring the face than a thread lift, as well as softening and smoothing areas such as the lips. Downtime is even quicker than after a thread lift and results are immediate whereas you’ll have to wait a few months to see the final outcome of your thread lift.
A thread lift produces a more dramatic facial rejuvenation, however, and results are longer-lasting than dermal fillers.
Your thread lift options
Dr Claudia has long been a fan of the results that thread lifts can deliver for the right patient. She has recently started using MINT™ threads after undergoing training at their Harley Street academy.
MINT™ stands for Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Thread and is a Korean PDO thread lift treatment offering superior and long-lasting skin lifting results. It is backed by more than six years of published studies into its safety and efficacy and is the only PDO suture that has received dual FDA clearances, including being the only thread that has been approved for nasolabial fold depth reduction.
She also offers the Silhouette Soft which uses sutures made from PLLA and PLGA (Poly L Lactic Acid & Poly Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid). Depending on your needs, PDO threads can be better at repositioning tissue while PLLA and PLGA threads can be better at lifting sagging skin.
Whether you’re contemplating surgical intervention or considering a non-surgical treatment, all procedures offer different results and come with varying levels of downtime or risk. The key is always a consultation; Dr Claudia can advise you on which approach you are best suited, and which procedure will deliver the results you’re hoping for.
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