Thread Lift – Everything You Need To Know About This Non-Surgical Facelift
Considering a facelift but don’t want to go under the knife? A Thread Lift could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Droopy, sagging or wrinkled skin on your face or neck can be embarrassing, frustrating and even confidence-crushing. There’s no escaping the ageing process – it happens to us all. But that doesn’t mean you have to just put up with it!
Go back a couple of decades and you’d only have two choices: have surgery or accept your wrinkled, sagging skin. But thanks to developments in the cosmetic industry, there’s now a third option – non-surgical facelifts.
Due to celebrity uptake and coverage in the media HIFU, Exilis Elite & Vampire Facelifts have all become popular ways to get smoother, firmer and more youthful-looking skin without going under the knife.
But there is a lesser-known treatment that can give some seriously-impressive results – the Thread Lift.
What Is A Thread Lift?
A Thread Lift is a minimally invasive alternative to surgical facelifts. In a traditional facelift, a surgeon will cut your skin, pulling it tight and stitching it back together. It’s a pretty serious procedure and requires a general anaesthetic and a substantial recovery time.
With a Thread Lift, there’s no cutting or slicing. Instead, your aesthetic doctor uses a small needle to weave a fine, medical-grade thread through the skin, before using it to pull the skin taut. Reducing sagging skin or wrinkles and giving you a smoother, more youthful appearance.
What Results Can You Expect From A Thread Lift?
If you’re looking to get firmer, tighter and wrinkle-free skin without going under the knife then a Thread Lift could be the ideal solution for you.
Despite its non-surgical nature, the Thread Lift is a highly-effective way to tighten loose, sagging skin and give your face, neck or jawline a more youthful, firm appearance.
While the results from a Thread Lift are less dramatic than a surgical facelift, they can still resolve many of the issues of mild to moderate ageing.
A Thread Lift can:
- Improve the contours of your face.
- Lift the cheeks.
- Lift the jowls.
- Smooth your jawline.
- Smooth the neck.
- Improve the appearance of wrinkles and deeper lines – including frown lines, smile lines and smokers lines.
- Smooth and tighten loose skin.
How Does A Thread Lift Work?
The thread used in a Thread Lift is specialist, medical-grade suture material called polydioxanone or PDO. It’s made from a hypoallergenic substance that dissolves over time and has either a “barbed” structure, or a smooth structure depending on the area being treated.
As the thread is pulled through the skin these tiny barbs help grasp the skin, allowing it to be pulled tight and also stimulating a healing response. As the skin heals it produces more healthy and strong collagen, which gives your skin a tighter, firmer appearance.
Where the smooth threads are used, a number of threads may be placed into the skin in a criss-cross or grid-like pattern, which will allow for the formation of new collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing out the area and creating the lifting effect.
Does A Thread Lift Hurt?
While a surgical facelift is an invasive and painful procedure, a Thread Lift is a much more comfortable experience.
At the beginning of the procedure, your aesthetic doctor will apply a local anaesthetic cream, or may inject a local anaesthetic to the area that is going to be treated. This cream or injection numbs your skin, blocking the pain signals and making your treatment pain-free.
Most people say that it’s a similar experience to dental treatment with an anaesthetic – you can feel the procedure but experience no pain.
Are Thread Lifts Safe?
Thread Lifts have been practised since the early 90s and are considered to be a low-risk procedure.
Surgical facelifts require a general anaesthetic, which can carry high risks and is not suitable for all people. But a Thread Lift is completed using only a local anaesthetic, making it a much safer alternative.
As with all cosmetic procedures, there is a risk of some minor side effects such as bruising, swelling and slight pain at the site of the treatment – but these usually resolve quickly within a few days.
Serious complications are very rare – especially when your Thread Lift is performed by a skilled, qualified and experienced aesthetic doctor.
How Long Does A Thread Lift Take?
A Thread Lift is a very quick procedure! Your appointment should take around 30-45 minutes depending on the area of the body that you’re having treated.
There’s no need for a recovery period, so you can go straight back to work or continue with your normal daily routine right away.
How Long Do The Results Last?
The results from your Thread Lift will be visible immediately, however, they will also develop over the coming months, with your skin continuing to firm as your body produces more collagen.
For most people, the results last for around 18 months – making it an excellent, long-lasting alternative to surgery.
How Much Does a Thread Lift Cost?
A surgical facelift is a costly procedure. In the UK you can expect to pay between £6000-£10,000!
But a Thread Lift is a much more affordable option.
A Thread Lift with a reputable clinic should cost somewhere between £500-£2500 depending on the area you’re having treated.
Making it not only safer, less painful and quicker than a surgical facelift – but much easier on the pocket too!
Is A Thread Lift For You?
As you can see, a Thread Lift is a highly effective and safer way to get that facelift effect, without going under the knife.
But how do you know if it’s the right treatment for you?
A good aesthetic doctor will be happy to provide you with a full consultation in which they’ll find out all about your condition, your health and what you’d like to achieve. They’ll help you to understand the procedure and give you all the information you need to make an informed and educated decision.
As with all cosmetic procedures, it’s essential that you choose a reputable clinic for your treatment – these non-surgical procedures are very safe when performed correctly, but an inexperienced or unqualified practitioner can lead to some unwanted complications.
Here at Elite Aesthetics, Dr Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, with over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics. If you’re looking for a highly-experienced, fully-qualified and ethical aesthetic doctor then you’re in the right place.