Thread lifting is a procedure that utilizes a specialized polydioxanone (PDO) suture to lift droopy, loose and saggy skin. The suture has tiny barb like edges that attach to the undersurface of the skin or the underlying fat. The sutures are gently adjusted to lift and move the skin. Injection of local anesthesia into the skin helps minimize discomfort during the treatment. Results are instant and usually improve over several weeks. The lift may last one to two years.
Thread meshing uses smooth PDO threads in a mesh-like pattern to improve lines and creases. Smooth threads may be inserted singly or as groups to plump the skin, avoiding the use of injectable fillers. Wrinkled skin becomes tighter. Some skin smoothing is instant, however improvement continues for several weeks. Results last several months.
Common thread lift areas are falling eyebrows, skin on the cheeks that drop forward toward the upper lip, the lower face descending toward the chin, the jowls and drooping of the neck. Threads can also be used for a tummy and butt lift. Many other areas of the body may be improved by thread lifting.
The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes. There is very little pain with this treatment and you avoid the risk of general anesthesia. Possible side effects include bruising and skin irregularities. You may have a pulling or slight pinprick sensation for 1 to 2 weeks.
The results may last 1 to 2 years for the lifting and touch-ups are needed earlier for the mesh threads. The best candidate has mild loose skin and wrinkling and is in good health. You should only have the thread procedures performed by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is highly trained in this treatment.