What is a Thread Lift?
Thread Lift is a procedure which involves elevating different parts of the face using special threads without having to make surgical incisions as with a classic face lift. The different kinds of threads can be used to lift any part of the face, including the forehead, cheeks, jowls, jawline and neck.
How does the Treatment work?
A typical treatment involves placement of the desired number of threads, which may range from a single thread per side but can involve 50 threads or more to treat the face and neck. Various entry points are considered depending on the individual face shape and requirements. Local anaesthetic may be injected to make the procedure as pain free as possible. The threads are introduced with a needle or a blunt ended cannula which is removed once the threads have been positioned. Threads which are used to reposition the skin will have the ends protruding after insertion and they are trimmed to below the level of the skin once the desired lift has been achieved. Smooth threads are anchored to lift and stimulate collagen.
What is the treatment used for?
- Brow lift
- Sagging cheeks
- Nose to mouth folds
- Jaw line
You can expect an immediate lift to the treated area, but this will always relax somewhat once the initial swelling has settled down. Appearance is expected to gradually improve over a period of 2-3 months as collagen remodelling occurs.
Thread lifting is safe, but not entirely risk free, the practitioner will discuss all the risks and benefits with you at consultation and again prior to treatment. I
Does the treatment hurt?
A local anaesthetic may be is injected to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, but some patients will find this procedure painful and some tenderness after the anaesthetic has worn off is to be expected.
- All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, so please come ‘fresh faced’ if possible. We are happy to remove your make-up for you prior to treatment.
- Alcohol, aspirin, Ibuprofen and a range of dietary supplements including; St. John’s Wort, fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E- may all contribute to bruising and are best avoided 24 hours before treatment.
- Treatment cannot be administered if there is an active skin infection, including acne or cold sores or if you are unwell- including colds, coughs, sore throats etc. Do contact the clinic to discuss any illness or new medicines prior to attending.
Am I suitable for Treatment?
The practitioner will take a detailed medical history to ensure you have no conditions that might increase risk of unwanted side effects, consultation is also important to discuss your expectations and whether this treatment is able to meet them.
This treatment is most suitable for those between the ages of 35 and 65 with moderate’ sagging’ or skin laxity. Surgery options or combined treatments will be recommended to some patients to ensure expectations can be met.