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Could A Thread Lift Help You Look Younger Without Surgery?

The promise of a non-surgical facelift sounds almost too good to be true. Can you really reduce wrinkles, smooth your skin and make you look younger without going under the knife? Yes. A thread lift will help you to combat the signs of ageing and give you a natural “lifted” look, without the need for surgery.

But how does a thread lift work its magic and what areas of concern can it treat? Keep reading to find out…

PDO threads before and after

How Your Skin Ages

If you’re over the age of 25, chances are you have noticed a change in your skin. Be it in the colour, plumpness or elasticity, there will be a difference from the peachy glow of your teens.

But what’s going on under the surface of your skin? Why does skin age?

There are three main layers of skin: the subdermal layer, dermal layer and epidermal layer. Each plays an important role in the overall health of your skin. As you age, your skin’s ability to regenerate starts to slow down, as does the production of sebum and hyaluronic acid. Since both help to keep the skin lubricated, this results in drier skin that’s prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

Add to that a decrease in your skin’s collagen levels and elastin production, and you get all the ingredients for visibly ageing skin.

Collagen is essential for maintaining the structure of your skin, it’s what makes it cushiony and plump. Elastin, on the other hand, is responsible for how springy your skin is, helping it to snap back after being used (think about smile lines; in your youth, they disappeared as soon as you relaxed your mouth, but as you get older the lines don’t fade so quickly).

The result is thinner skin that looks dull and doesn’t hold its shape so well, resulting in sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.

If you want to find a simple anti-ageing solution that makes you look younger and works in harmony with your body, then a thread lift might be what you’re looking for.

layers of the skin threads

The PDO Thread Lift – What Is It?

The thread lift was initially developed in the 90s; firstly as a technique to manage damaged skin tissue in reconstructive surgeries and then applied as a cosmetic solution to sagging, wrinkled skin. Its popularity as a way to help people look younger took hold and new developments have been made to finesse and improve the results.

For many, the prospect of invasive and painful surgery stops them from considering ways to look younger. But now, with many exciting and next-gen medical advances, there are procedures like the PDO thread lift available that not only rejuvenate and invigorate your skin but do it without cutting and considerable recuperation.

PDO Threads

How The Thread Lift Works To Make You Look Younger

The treatment uses many threads to effectively create a support for the skin to rest on and gives us the ability to pull the skin taut. Each thread, which is thinner than a strand of hair, is placed about 5mm under the skin’s surface, in the dermal layer. The threads form a strong structure that lifts the skin and creates a more even and smooth surface. The result is a natural, subtle lift that takes immediate effect.

A key factor in the PDO thread lift is the fact that the threads are made from an absorbable polymer called polydioxanone. As these threads begin to dissolve over time, they stimulate collagen production – helping your skin to be more naturally plump. This also means that there is no need for a thread removal procedure so you can go on to have further thread lifts or other cosmetic treatments without delay.

These medical-grade sutures have been used for other restorative surgeries for many decades, popular because of their strength, low reaction rate and ability to stimulate collagen production. It’s these properties that have made the thread lift a popular alternative to invasive and expensive facelift surgery.

PDO Thread lift

How Will A Thread Lift Make You Look Younger?

By lifting and securing the skin, the thread lift can treat many common issues easily and quickly so you can start enjoying a more youthful look right away.

There are key areas that the thread lift can treat to help you look younger;

Forehead lines

Worry lines, surprise lines, furrows – whatever you call the long lines that cross your forehead, they can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. These lines are usually a result of active muscle use, which when paired with the loss of elastin and collagen can create deep lines that won’t shift with home treatment.

When the threads are placed under the skin on the forehead, they help to restructure the skin’s surface, effectively pushing out the creases leaving the area smooth and taut.

‘Number 11’ frown lines

These deep furrows can leave your resting expression looking cross or concerned, even when you’re feeling happy. The delicate skin between your eyes is often one of the first to start showing signs of ageing. Read our blog on frown lines here…

The thread lift will reduce these lines, leaving you looking more relaxed and rested.

11 lines PDO Thread lift

Marionette lines

Marionette lines are the lines that form from the corner of your mouth down to your jawline. These lines can make you look much older as the weight of sagging skin can pull downwards. By using sutures to reinstate support under your skin, your whole face is transformed, helping you to look younger and refreshed.

Crows feet

Crows feet wrinkles show around the outer corners of your eyes, appearing when you laugh, smile or squint. Because the skin here is thinner, the creases show more readily and look deeper than on other parts of your face.

As one of the most common skin complaints we see at Elite Aesthetics, we have a variety of treatments that can help to alleviate any lines and wrinkles that form in delicate areas without causing trauma and damage, the thread lift being one of them. For more solutions to reduce your crows’ feet and frown lines, read our blog post here


Loose skin in the jowl area can make you feel embarrassed or camera-shy, thanks to the ‘double chin’ effect it can have. Lifting the sagging skin under your chin can give you a new silhouette along with renewed confidence.

mature woman PDO Thread

Is The PDO Thread Lift Right For You?

If you want a smoother, brighter face then a thread lift can help you achieve that quickly and with very little discomfort. The treatment itself lasts less than an hour, but the effects can last for years.

We’d love to talk to you about how a thread lift can make you look younger, just get in touch to book a consultation. Our discreet and relaxing clinic, Elite Aesthetics, is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Dartford and Gravesend station, 15 minutes from Maidstone and a 20-minute drive from London.

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