What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedure that passes threads beneath tyour skin, to lift the tissue. The threads have tiny barbs (Les Encres) or cones (Silhouette Soft) that help grip the skin. When appropriately positioned, they give your face a more lifted, toned appearance, especially around the lower face and jowls.
As the threads are absorbed over the first six months, they also trigger a boost in your natural collagen production that can improve your skin’s firmness for up to a year. The procedure has been dubbed a “lunchtime lift” because it’s expedient with minimal downtime, especially compared to a surgical facelift. It may also be referred to as a PDO thread lift (for polydioxanone, a dissolvable material also used in absorbable sutures). And it’s sometimes called a sugar lift, since the threads are made from long chains of a polysaccharide, a sugar.
Pros & Cons
- Thread lifts are quick, with little or no downtime. Most people return to work the day after their procedure.
- It’s a more affordable and less invasive alternative to a surgical facelift.
- A thread lift simply lifts and firms up your skin, so results are more subtle than they are with a surgical facelift, which also lifts the underlying muscles and may remove excess skin.