Aptos Threads: All You Ever Wanted To Know
Aptos threads are considered revolutionary because not only do they create a more youthful appearance, but they also help to rejuvenate your body’s natural skin plumping. But what are Aptos threads and why are they such a popular treatment?
What Are Aptos Threads?
Before we get to the specifics of Aptos threads, let’s first cover threads in general. Threads are tiny medical-grade sutures that are used to reposition your skin to give you a younger look. These dissolvable minuscule threads are about the width of a hair but are incredibly strong, which makes them ideal for restoring the lost structure in your skin.
There are different types of thread, each offering a unique approach to the thread lift procedure. Here at Elite Aesthetics, we have spent a great deal of time researching and understanding the varying types, selecting only those we feel deliver the exceptional results we want for our clients. Aptos threads, MINT threads and Silhouette Soft are just three of the brands we use.
We chose to use Aptos threads due to their incredible longevity and innovative composition. Aptos threads are the brainchild of world-renowned Plastic Surgeon, Dr Marlen Sulamanidze, who began using Aptos wire sutures to counter the visible signs of wrinkles back in 1987. Since then, Aptos threads have seen huge leaps in their development – they were the first to produce the barbed sutures that revolutionised the thread lift.
Aptos threads have always been at the fore of invention, winning awards such as ‘Best Tightening Thread’ at the 2018-2019 AMEC Live & Visage. Used all over the world to combat ageing skin, Aptos threads have an outstanding reputation in the aesthetics community.
What Makes Aptos Threads So Good?
Aptos threads are now in their third incarnation, using science to enhance and improve over the years. This latest generation of threads includes the addition of hyaluronic acid to their composition. This allows for simultaneous instant lifting and tissue regeneration, which delivers a much longer-lasting result.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in your connective tissue, eyes and skin. Its role is to maintain hydration – it attracts and withholds water molecules – so the addition to Aptos threads is very welcome.
The threads work in two ways; firstly to lift and hold your skin in place. This is the effect you will see immediately, as your face will look smoother, toned and more youthful. The second effect comes later, as the sutures begin to dissolve. Your body responds by ‘healing’ the area, which stimulates the production of collagen in the location of the threads. This collagen helps to maintain the lift that the threads delivered long after they are gone.
Comparing Threads: Aptos Threads vs Others
As mentioned, there are many reputable threads on the market – how do you know which is best for you? In truth, you don’t need to worry about choosing, as that’s what your doctor is there to help with. But in the interest of knowing more about the treatment, here is a little about the different threads:
There are three types of absorbable thread lift threads. Polydioxanone (PDO), Poly-L-lactic (PLA) and the most recent addition, Polycaprolactone (PCL) and each has its own strengths and benefits.
PDO threads, like MINT threads, offer incredible rejuvenation properties so you’ll benefit from healthier, plumper skin with a PDO thread lift.
PLA threads, like Aptos threads, are known for their long-lasting results. The threads themselves last between 18 – 24 months, unlike the PDO threads which can dissolve from around 9 – 12 months. PLA threads provide a stronger lift, so if your wrinkles or sagging tissue is more significant, a PLA thread lift is likely to be more suitable.
PCL threads are the latest to the market, and these threads are said to stimulate collagen very effectively.
There are also non-absorbable threads, which remain in place for up to five years. The company behind Aptos threads has received FDA approval for their polypropylene sutures.
What Can Aptos Threads Do?
As the stronger, long-lasting PLA threads, Aptos threads are well suited to a wide variety of treatments. The most common use is on the face, to alleviate wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin, but there are some surprising treatments that Aptos threads can deliver.
Forehead wrinkles – the dynamic motion of the muscles in your forehead mean that you’re likely to develop lines here. They’re either along the length of your forehead or between your eyebrows – or even both.
Sagging cheeks – high cheeks are associated with youth because up until around your late 20s, your cheek fat pads sit just beneath your eye socket. But as gravity and skin laxity take over, the fat pads slip lower, not only creating hollows under your eyes but also giving you a wider jawline.
Nose shape – if you have a hump on your nose, have a low nose bridge or a downward pointing nose tip, Aptos threads can help straighten or lift your nose.
Jaw and jowls – a defined jawline makes an attractive profile, and threads can help you achieve a more refined look. Whether you want to slim your jawline or get rid of your jowls, a thread lift might be the answer.
Breast lift – Aptos threads can be used to lift the breast tissue.
Labia – specialist Aptos threads have been developed to revitalise your most intimate area. Tiny spiral threads are inserted to increase labial volume.
Are Aptos Threads The Right Choice?
If you think Aptos threads are the best option for you, then you need to book a consultation with one of our highly-qualified clinicians. We will be able to discuss in detail the procedure and outcomes, as well as advise you on other possible solutions.
Our consultations are completely private and give you an opportunity to speak with a specialist regarding your concerns. You can either opt for an online consultation in the comfort of your own home, or you can visit us at our Kent clinic.
We’re easy to get to. You can find us just 10 minutes from Dartford and Gravesend stations, 15 minutes from Maidstone and a 20-minute drive from St. Pancras, London.