Thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that offers a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery.
Thread lifts tighten your skin by inserting medical-grade thread material into your face and then “pulling” your skin up by tightening the thread.
Also called a barbed suture lift, it aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face or breasts.
The typical candidate for a thread lift is in their late 30s to early 50s. A person who is generally in good health and is just starting to notice the signs of aging may benefit the most from the subtle impact of a thread lift.
Those who can’t have a surgical facelift because of medical conditions that make general anesthesia risky may consider a thread lift as a safer alternative.
The costs of a thread lift starts at £1000 but will vary from individual to individual depending on the number of areas and threads needed to achieve the result.
Popular areas are eyebrows, jawline and neck, although cheeks and the nose to mouth lines can also be treated. You can choose to target just one area or several at once, increasing the cost.
Thread lifts don’t require general anesthesia, so you save money on the cost of sedation. You also don’t have to consider taking recovery time off from work. Recovery is minimal and most people resume their normal activity after a thread lift.
Yes you can. Often threadd lifts are combined with other treatments such as dermal fillers, toxin injections, and energy based skin tightening procedures like the Morpheus8. Combination therapies help to improve results.
The thread lift procedure works in two ways.
The first is fairly straightforward. By threading thin, dissolvable sutures underneath your skin, your doctor is able to pull your skin tight around your forehead, neck, or torso.
Invisible, painless “barbs” grab on to your skin and make sure that the thread grips your underlying tissue and muscles as the thread is pulled tight.
Once a barbed thread is inserted, your body’s healing response is triggered. Even though you’re not injured by the threads under your skin, your body detects a suture material and stimulates collagen production in the affected area. Collagen can fill gaps in sagging skin and restore a more youthful elasticity to your face.
A 2017 of 100 people who’d undergone a thread lift suggested that the primary effect of a thread lift procedure is skin appearing tighter and more structured. After a year, this effect begins to decrease as the sutures dissolve. However, there was a secondary “rejuvenation” effect that stayed in place and was noticeable 3 years or more after the procedure.
The procedure for thread lift may be slightly different depending on the area you’re targeting. The basic technique is usually the same.
- You’ll be asked to recline in the room where your procedure is being performed. Alcohol, as well as topical anesthetic, will be applied to your skin as it’s prepped for surgery.
- A thin needle or cannula will be used to insert the threads underneath your skin. Inserting the threads can take 30 to 45 minutes.
- After the threads are inserted, the method of insertion will be removed. You may feel light pressure or tightening under your skin.
- Within a few minutes of the needles being taken out, your procedure will be complete and you’ll be free to go home or back to work.
A thread lift is considered a low-risk procedure with minimal recovery time, but there are side effects and a risk of complications.
After a thread lift, it’s not uncommon to experience the following:
- slight pain at the site of the thread injection
There’s a 15 to 20 percent chance of complications, including dimpling. Possible complications are minor and can easily be corrected.
Complications to look out for include:
- allergic reaction to ingredients in the threading material
- bleeding as a result of the procedure building up behind your skin
- visible dimpling or pulling where the threads have been inserted
- migration or unintended “movement” of the threads that result in skin that looks lumpy or bulges
- pain under your skin as a result of the thread being too “tight” or awkwardly placed
- infection at the site of the procedure
Of all the risks of a thread lift, infection is the one to watch out for most carefully. Call the Clinic right away if you notice:
- green, black, brown, or red discharge at the site of your procedure
- swelling for more than 48 hours
- persistent headaches
Recovery after a successful thread lift is quite minimal. While there may be some visible swelling and bruising, you can go back to work right away if you’d like.
After a thread lift, you can resume your normal routine. We advise you not to rub your face vigorously and to avoid sleeping on your side in the initial weeks following the procedure.
You should also avoid saunas and high intensity workouts for the first week or so after the thread lift is performed.
Results should be apparent right after the threads are put into place, but you may notice more in the days and weeks right after they are inserted, as swelling and bruising starts to subside.
Results from a thread lift aren’t meant to be permanent. Successful effects typically last from 1 to 3 years. Like other dissolvable dermal fillers, the threads used in the procedure will eventually be absorbed by the tissue underneath your skin.
Dr Uzma is a surgically trained doctor who is highly experienced in thread lifts. We use only premium and FDA approved products for the treatment.
At MySkyn Clinic we pride ourselves on patient care and experience, therefore, our experienced team will ensure that your visit and treatment is as informative, comfortable and professional as possible
MySkyn clinic is located within easy access of the main routes into Bradford and has free on-site parking.
Our patients are very happy with their results resulting in many returning to have additional areas. We also have many that recommend friends and family to the clinic
We are CARE QUALITY COMMISSION (CQC) approved & regulated clinic, this ensures that we carried out high standard treatments, hygiene and care to our patients. CQC registration is mandatory for all clinics carrying out thread lifts.