Thread Lift - Adelaide
Are you looking for a refined jawline? Improved skin laxity? Immediate results with little downtime? If so, then perhaps thread lift is the treatment you have been looking for. Thread lift is definitely becoming a more mainstream procedure and is gaining popularity for those wishing to maintain their youthful beauty.
A thread lift is a kind of facelift that is frequently referred to as the “lunchtime lift.” This is because of its simplicity and the minimal time it takes to carry out the process. A small entry will be made in the desired region and then thin threads are advanced along pre-marked contours. Your body then begins to develop new bundles of collagen which encompass each thread and this in turn results in a subtle yet effective lift. The outcomes differ for each individual but look very natural giving a revitalized and refreshed look. There is no scarring and recuperation times are much less than those associated with traditional surgery.
How it works
What Is a Thread Lift?
Thread Lift therapy is an effective cosmetic method that lifts and tightens drooping skin tissues by inducing collagen production. It involves the implantation of thin, absorbable polydioxanone threads (similar to those used in medical suturing) into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using miniaturized needles. These threads stay implanted in the skin resulting in micro-injuries that stimulate collagen production and tissue contraction. After six months, the threads will be absorbed into the body leaving new collagen in their place.
The process is usually carried out using a local anaesthetic, and takes between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the treatment region. Side effects are minimal but may comprise puffiness and bruising that lasts 2-3 days, and individuals can proceed with ordinary activities right away.
Thread Lift therapy can be used on the cheeks, brow, jawline, nose, neck, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, arms, thighs and abdomen. The lifting effect is at its prime after 6 months when collagen has formed around the threads and lasts between 12-15 months.
Polydioxanone (PDO) is used for biomedical applications, especially in cardiothoracic surgery because it is completely absorbed by hydrolysis within 4 to 6 months and does not create any scar tissue.
Using local anaesthetic, the threads are passed into the sagging facial element with a special guide needle. The threads are then able to catch on to the droopy soft-tissue and muscle of the desired area. Nearly all individuals feel minimal bruising or puffiness for 1-7 days.
The Thread Lift is not painful and most individuals can return to ordinary activities with makeup the next day. The threads stay where they are inserted and, like all inner sutures, are typically well tolerated by the body.
Who Is a Candidate For a Thread Lift?
The best candidates for a thread facelift are those in their late 30’s to early 60’s and have a relatively good skin tone. Most are starting to have drooping in their face or neck but do not have extremely loose skin or sagging facial regions that might necessitate a more rigorous facelift surgery. If signs of ageing are relatively minimal, a thread lift may be an effective way to make cosmetic enhancements, while also helping to avoid the necessity to have a surgical facelift for many years to come.
Patients need to have reasonable expectations for the treatment. Patients should also be in good health when having the procedure.
What Are The Advantages Of Having a Thread Lift?
- You will see immediate results and results will improve over the next six months as collagen is laid down along the threads.
- Thread lift has a double action. Not only is it good for lifting the skin, but it is also an excellent skin rejuvenation technique that can help to provide support for mild skin laxity.
- By maintaining collagen in your skin, you may be able to delay the need for having a surgical facelift for many years.
- Thread lift is also used to add volume to your face, giving you a refreshed, younger appearance.
- Thread Lift is a quick and easy procedure. Threads are applied at the doctor’s office and can be completed in a little over one hour.
- Thread lifts can be performed under topical and local anaesthetic. Patients may drive home after the procedure.
- There is very little downtime. Most people are able to return to their normal daily activities the next day.
- After six months when the sutures dissolve, you should be left with a framework of collagen that will continue to help support your skin. For significant skin laxity, the thread lift procedure will need to be repeated every 12-18 months.
- For PDO threads, there is little risk of any adverse reaction.
- Scarring is most unlikely, as a fine needle is used to introduce the thread.
- Threadlift will soften jowls along the jawline as well as soften the sagging and hollowing of the midface.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
- Upper and lower cheeksForeheads (brow lift)
- Foreheads (brow lift)
- Jawline, Neck
- Naso-labial folds (nose to mouth lines)
- Marionette lines (corners of the mouth)
How is The Treatment Performed?
The procedure is performed by inserting fine needles and dissolvable PDO thread into the fat layer of the skin. This tends to help reposition the fat pads which tend to move downwards for all of us as part of the ageing process. It works by anchoring the skin with cones placed along the thread, which when pulled, tighten the underlying fat pads, causing a lifting effect.
The threads hold the skin in place long enough for the natural skin regeneration to take place, allowing your own skin to maintain the lift. The threads then dissolve away leaving you with a natural-looking result.
A thread lift is mostly used in the lower face area to help to define the jawline and to help to remove the jowls. It is also used in the neck area and user the chin to provide a better definition.
A local anaesthetic is used in the areas treated so that you will be comfortable throughout the procedure.
Before the treatment begins, you will have a consultation with the doctor to determine your aesthetic goals. Every thread lift performed is a unique procedure and will involve a different number and placement of threads.
A ruler and marker pen are used to mark out the lines where the threads will be placed. The area is then cleaned using an antiseptic solution. A local anaesthetic is then injected into the area that will be treated.
A small puncture is made into the skin through which the threads may be inserted. The cones catch the fat pads under the skin which provide the lift and without letting the tissue underneath slip back down. Once the threads are in place, the threads are then pulled from the outside to position the cones in the position required to create the lift we want. The threads are then trimmed and buried under the skin. After the procedure, the entry and exits points of the needle will be evident. This will heal quickly and there should be no scarring from the procedure.
Before & After
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.
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What is the goal of thread lift?
An attractive and appealing face usually has a”V” shape to it. Ageing may diminish or even invert that “V” shape over time. By applying PDO threads in strategic locations that “V” shape may be re-established by subtly lifting and repositioning the tissues of the skin.
Are there any side effects?
Possible side effects that may be seen include:
- Foreign body reaction/granuloma
- Needle hematoma
- Facial Nerve Trauma
Other side effects may exist that have not been listed here.
Can thread lift be combined with other cosmetic treatments?
The great thing about thread lift is that it can be combined with other treatments such as dermal fillers, anti wrinkle injections, or other collagen enhancing procedures such as Factor4, Nuera Tight and Laser Genesis.
Will thread lift change my facial features?
Thread lift will help to rejuvenate your skin so that you look fresher and younger. It will not change your natural facial features. The lifting effect is very subtle and natural.
What should I do before the procedure?
It is important to avoid alcohol and medications such as NSAID’s that can cause blood thinning. Such medications may cause increased bleeding and bruising during the procedure.
What aftercare is required?
- If you are experiencing pain following your procedure you may take some paracetamol to help settle it.
Applying ice intermittently during the day after your procedure may help to bring down any swelling.
- After the procedure it is important not to disrupt the threads by causing stretching of the facial skin. This includes such things as opening your mouth widely when eating, laughing, yawning. You should also refrain from exercise that may cause any unwanted stretching of the face.
- Do not have any dental treatment or skin treatments performed for at least two weeks.
- Sleep on your back with your head elevated for four days after your treatment.
How safe is it?
Threads are made from PDO (Polydioxanone) which is a complex dissolvable sugar. This is a suture material that has been used as a suture material in operating theatres for over thirty years.
It is most unlikey for anyone to have an allergic reaction to the threads. After the threads are inserted you will not even know they are there.
Just like any medical procedure there are possible side effects which you should be aware of before consenting to the procedure. It is always a good idea to conduct your own research on side effects.
Thread Lift Vs Face Lift
Do not expect to get the same dramatic results with a thread lift as you would get with a face lift. A thread lift is much more subtle in what it can accomplish. It is important that you have realistic expectations of what you can achieve by having a thread lift.
A thread lift may last from 12-18 months, whilst a face lift can last for up to ten years.
Face lifts are much more expensive than thread lifts. Because the results of a face lift are more permanent, if you do not like the results, your only option is further surgery to correct it. The risk of complications with surgery are also much greater than that of thread lift.
For someone with extensive skin laxity, we would NOT recommend them to have a thread lift.
Thread lift is best seen as a skin rejuvenation technique that can restore minor skin laxity as well as help promote collagen growth. By starting thread lift from an early age, you may be able to delay the need for a face lift later in life.