Thread lifting is a unique lifting technique of using fine nonreactive threads (stitches) to elevate the sagging tissues of the face and body. These threads are safe and totally bioresorbable.
Bioresorbable threads also known as stitches or sutures, are commonly used in surgical practice as a stitching material for fixing tissues. Due to their slow biodegradability (their decay to CO2 and H2O) they remain in the skin from 2 to 6 months.
By now, the use of bioresorbable threads in the aesthetical medicine is well studied. The initial effect is caused by the thread itself, which provides mechanical support, like a framework. Over time, collagen and elastic fibers form around each thread, maintaining traction of the tissue. Skin becomes thicker and firmer.
What kinds of threads are used?
There are 2 kinds of threads- bioresorbable and non resorbable. Non resorbable are considered gold filaments. They are implanted under the skin surface in a similar way. Hair thin, long lasting, pure and inert, they used to be a very popular skin tightening method. Until it was found that other skin rejuvenation techniques, like laser and photo skin rejuvenation, radiolifting, cryo electroporation and etc. are contraindicated if there are traces of metal in the skin. So once implanted, they keep you from obtaining better results and improving skin quality.
Bioabsorbable implantable medical threads or mezzo fibers are made of polydioxanone(PDA), caprolactone or polylactic acid. Mezzo fibers can have different shapes and textures: smooth or wattle, spiral, cone- shaped, serrated, barbed, notched etc. The type that will respond to your skin’s needs is chosen by the dermatologist individually. The procedure has two precise and important impacts: lifting of the sagging tissues and biorevitalization, due to formation of the new collagen fibers.
How is it done?
The thread lift procedure consists of the insertion of multiple threads under the skin using a 'tunnelling' method. A needle that holds a thread is inserted into skin, then thread is anchored to the tissues. Pulling the thread taut produces lifting of loose skin. Connective tissue subsequently forms around the polidioxanone fibers, holding the skin in the elevated position.
What areas can be remodeled with this method?
- The cheek area (lower face)
- The naso-labial folds
- Jaw line
- The corners of the mouth
- Brows pointing down
- The neck and decollete
- Flabby tissues of the body
What are the benefits?
- Beneficial effect lasts for 1-2 years
- Visible results right after the procedure
- Minimally invasive: small incision, rare bruising
- Takes 30-60 minutes to perform
- Brief recovery period: less than a week
- High effectiveness: the results are comparable to those of an open face lift
- The threads can’t be felt underneath the skin
- Compatible with other skin rejuvenation procedures.