Thread lifts are a relatively new form of non-surgical face lift. If the face has loosening or sagging skin and you want a tighter, fresher more youthful look, this treatment may be suitable. There are no cuts or incisions, just injections through a small entry point - rather like a cannula injection for Voluma.
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a special medical grade thread that is made of protein. Research has shown that PDO threads induce a foreign body reaction to produce a fibrous material and new collagen. It also stimulates elastin and hyaluronic acid, both substances that are key to maintaining firm, youthful looking skin. Gradually over several months the skin tightens due to the formation of the fibrous material.
PDO threads have over a decade long safety track record in surgery and wound closure. They have also been used for about 6 years in orthopedic surgery (frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and cosmetic skin rejuvenation). PDO threads gained FDA approval in 2004.
Certain areas of the skin are injected with anesthetic. Threads are introduced into the skin using either a fine needle or cannula. The treatment results in a slight immediate improvement in appearance but most of the result will appear over ensuing days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, increasing the amount of collagen in the skin. The appearance of the skin improves in terms of overall texture, becoming thicker, tighter and firmer as fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.
This is a very versatile treatment which can be used in any part of the face and neck to treat sagging brows, naso-labial lines, vertical and horizontal forehead wrinkles, drooping cheeks, marionette lines, sagging jawline, plus wrinkles and folds on the chin and neck.
Thread-lift treatments result in an instant and natural looking improvement in the appearance of the skin. A process of natural protein synthesis then begins after about 10-14 days. Over the subsequent weeks results will continue to improve, peaking at around 6 months and lasting for up to 18 months as the body produces collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, making this form of non-surgical facelift a very long lasting treatment. The thread itself is completely biodegradable and dissolves around 6 months, after which new collagen has formed around the thread to continue to support results, maintaining a smooth and supple texture of the skin.