How Is a Thread Lift Performed? - Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine (2023)

Would you like to lift and firm sagging facial skin without undergoing a surgical facelift? Are you ready to smooth away fine lines for a more youthful appearance? An injectable treatment known as a thread lift is a minimally invasive way to turn back the clock. Patients who have undergone this treatment at Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, AL rave about the natural, long-lasting results they’ve gotten.

About Thread Lifts

Thread lifts aren’t as well known as some other anti-aging treatments, but they’re quickly becoming one of the most popular options. These treatments involve the placement of dissolvable surgical sutures — also referred to as threads — beneath the skin to lift and tighten it.

Once the threads are in place, they also stimulate collagen production, causing the skin to become smoother and more youthful in appearanceover time. This treatment can be used toaddress a range of aging concerns on the face and neck, including sagging jowls, creases, fine lines, and crepey skin. A thread lift is also a great way to restore volume and contour in an aging face.

What to Expect

This simple, in-office thread lift treatment usually takes no more than an hour to perform. We’ll first cleanse and numb the treatment area. We’ll also probably make a few light marks on your skin that will serve as reference points as your injections are performed. Your injection will take place using a hypodermic needle that has been filled with polydioxanone, the substance used in surgical sutures.

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The needle will slide along just under the surface of your skin, leaving a trail of the synthetic material. That trail of material becomes a thread that remains in place for four to six months before dissolving. The entire treatment is usually much easier and faster than patients expect.

After their treatment, most patients are able to get right back to work. The threads that have been injected will also get right to work. They’ll provide an immediate lift to your skin while also serving as a type ofscaffolding upon which additional collagen will grow on in the months to come. Your full results will develop within two to six months.

FAQ About Treatment

Is the Treatment Uncomfortable?

Because the surface of the skin will be numbed in advance, most patients don’t feel much discomfort during treatment. You may feel an initial pinch from the injection, but that prick will quickly pass. Many of our patients say the sensation associated with a thread injection is very similar to the pinch of other cosmetic injections, like botulinum toxin injections.

Will I Have to Take Any Special Precautions With the Injection Site?

You’ll be able to get right back to work, exercise, and the rest of your daily activities without having to worry much about the treatment site. The only thing that we ask is that patients not massage or overstretch the treatment area for 14 days.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Patients who favor natural results often gravitate to thread treatments. Although you’ll notice an immediate improvement after your appointment, the best results will unfold over a period of months, so it will never appear as though you suddenly went andhad work done.

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The results will also be subtler and more natural than what is offered by plastic surgery. This is not the kind oftreatment patients seek outif they’re in need of an immediate improvement before a special event, but it makes a great component in a long-term anti-aging plan. Most patients enjoy their results for a year or more.

About Those Threads

A lot of our patients are curious about the threads and want to know how many will be injected and how they will be placed. One of the great things about this treatment is that there are various types of threads available that can be injected in differentways to achieve customized results for each patient.

Barbed threads, which can hook into and lift the skin, are often used when patients are especially interested in lifting aging, crepey skin. For patients who want to develop volume in areas of the face that have begun to sag, threads that are screw-like in natureare often an option.

Smooth threads are also available, and these can be injected in a mesh-type pattern that can form a foundation for collagen development. It’s not uncommon for patients to have several threads injected on each side of their face, depending on their cosmetic goals.

Are the Threads Safe?

The threads that our practice works with, as well as all threads that are currentlyavailable for cosmeticpurposes, are completelysafe. This treatment was approved by the FDA in 2018 and has been widely used since.

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The very first threads, which were used in the 1990s but have since been pulled from the market, were designed to be left permanently in place. But those threads weren’t as effective, and their results were less natural. Today’s threads have been completely revamped, are much more effective, and are a safe option for patients.

Is This Treatment for Me?

If you’re curious about this treatment and want to find out of it’s right for you, the best step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Thompson, our chief medical officer. Dr. Thompson earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at Waterville Osteopathic Hospital in Waterville, Maine. Earlier in his career, he served as an emergency room physician and ran a successful family practice.

During your consultation, Dr. Thompson will talk with you about your medical history and your cosmetic concerns and goals. He’ll also evaluate your skin while determining if this treatment is a good option for you. There are several signs that you may be an ideal candidate for this treatment:

You’re Seeking an Alternative to a Facelift

Thread treatments are a popular option among patients who are interested in taking steps to lift, firm, and rejuvenate their face and neck, but who don’t wish to pursue surgery or aren’t surgical candidates. This treatment achieves some of the same results a facelift can achieve, but in a more subtle and natural way.

You Want a Treatment that Will Last

Thread treatment results often last a year or more, making them much more long-lasting than some other injectable cosmetic treatments. Patients can schedule follow-up treatments when their results begin towear off if they wish.

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You Don’t Want a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Treatment

Whether you want to smooth over forehead furrows, lift a sagging jowl, or restore volume in cheeks that have begun to hollow out, a thread treatment can help. Because of the variety of thread styles available, this is a versatile treatment that can be customized to meet each patient’s individual needs and goals.

This treatment also offers a comprehensive rejuvenation of the face, meaning it won’t just patch over crepey skin or smooth a wrinkle or two. It can be used tohelp the overall face look younger and healthier, making it more than just another wrinkle-buster.

You’re in Good General Health

The best patients for this treatment are non-smokers whoare in good general health. If you have diabetes or another underlying medical issue, be sure to mention it during your consultation. This treatment is also not recommended for those who are pregnant.

You’re Realistic

Most patients who have undergone this treatment enjoy terrific results, but the results are usually less dramatic than what can be obtained through plastic surgery. The best patients understand this treatment and are realistic about the expected results. Ideal patients are also cooperative about not massaging the treatment area immediately following their appointment.

Don’t Wait Any Longer

If signs of aging are making you look older than you are, but you’re not ready to undergo a surgical facelift, a thread treatment may be the perfect solution. This is a convenient, easy, in-office treatment that rejuvenates your face. In less than an hour, we can put you on track to achieve a younger, fresher look. Don’t wait any longer. Call the Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, AL and schedule a thread lift near me consultation today.

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FAQs

How do they perform a thread lift? ›

A thread lift is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible "lift" in the skin. Instead of removing the patient's loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it.

What is the downside of a thread lift? ›

Complications: Although thread lift is considered minimally invasive, some sutures and cuts are required. There is still a risk of complications such as bruising, thread breakage, thread extrusion, fever, and infection.

What is the recovery time for a thread lift? ›

You can expect a complete recovery from your thread lift in no more than two weeks. It's important to get advice from your doctor on what activities to avoid as the tissue heals; for example, we recommend you avoid vigorous exercise and facial massage.

Do threads lift jowls? ›

The sutures gather and suspend the excess skin, creating a subtle lift and tightening effect. These sutures gradually dissolve on their own. In addition to lifting your droopy cheeks and jowls, the thread lift sutures stimulate the production of a protein called collagen.

Can you feel threads in your face? ›

Some patients, particularly those who have especially thin skin, can feel the threads if they press on the surface of the treatment area. But the threads dissolve over time, so even if you feel them early after your treatment, they won't be there for long.

Are thread lifts worth it? ›

As for thread lifting for your body, both experts agree that you should probably opt out of that, too. “At the present time, thread lifts for breasts and body are not robust enough to lift the tissue well because the tissues in those areas are quite heavy,” says Dr. Devgan.

How many threads are needed for thread lift? ›

On average, patients require between 2 – 4 threads on each side of the face for a mid-face thread lift. An additional 2 – 4 threads may be needed for the lower face and/or neck.

Which is better filler or thread lift? ›

Threads are an excellent option in correcting certain problem areas, especially if there is some laxity, drooping, or sagging of skin. On the other hand, fillers are designed to address the fine lines you want gone (or at least reduced in appearance).

Do threads damage your face? ›

Thread lifts do have complications including a small risk of permanent dumpling or irregularities and sometimes recovery that is long as a facelift. they do leave scar tissue which makes future surgery more challenging especially for the less experienced surgeon.

How many threads are needed for jowls? ›

The area that needs treating (jowls may need repositioning and require 6-8 cog threads per side).

Is it normal to have lumps after thread lift? ›

Pain, bruising and swelling is normal and to be expected. It should dissipate within 2 weeks 2. Lumps and/or bumps may temporarily occur at/or along treatment sit(s). These will resolve with time and are seldom a cause of concern 3.

How do you sleep after a thread lift? ›

Sleep on your side

Sleeping on your side, or even on your stomach, results in pressure on your face. You need to avoid this for about a week after your thread lift procedure. Try to sleep on your back with your head propped up on a pillow to minimize swelling after a thread lift.

Do and don'ts after thread lift? ›

Experiencing slight discomfort in the first two days after the procedure is normal, it will gradually reduce. Try keeping your head elevated for a week. Don't pull your facial skin, massage, scrub or exfoliate the skin for at least three weeks. You are also not supposed to wash or touch your face for at least 12 hours.

Can I smile after thread lift? ›

Aside from coping with temporary swelling and tenderness, most clients are able to smile after a PDO thread lift.

Which thread lift lasts the longest? ›

Lactic Acid threads, dissolve after 12 to 18 months. PCL, or polycaprolactone threads, are the most durable of the three. They take two to three years to dissolve fully.

How long does dimpling last after thread lift? ›

Thread lifts do have dimples and indentations as documented complications. Most often, the unevenness will settle over 2-6 weeks. However, if the threads were made of permanent material (nylon), then the surface dimples maybe last longer.

How long does face hurt after PDO threads? ›

Following PDO thread lift, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, or tenderness at the suture sites. Over-the-counter medications can help these symptoms, which should resolve within about 3 – 5 days.

What is the downside of PDO threads? ›

The thread lift is considered a minor surgery, and as such, once the skin is cut there is the risk of infection, bruising, temporary discomfort, rippling off the skin and temporary numbness.

Which is better ultherapy or thread lift? ›

PDO thread lifting is best for people who want to get rid of deeper wrinkles but Ultherapy treatment is better at treating fine lines. With that, Ultratherapy is also a good option if you're looking for something that's less invasive than traditional surgery.

How much does Thread Lift cost? ›

In general, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,200 – $1,800 for a thread lift on the face. For just the neck and jawline, a thread lift will run about $800 – $1,000. And if you want to address your entire face, neck and jawline, a thread lift will cost you about $2,000 to $2,500.

Which threads give the best lift? ›

PLA threads take about 12 months to be absorbed and PCA takes about 12 to 15 months. Each type of thread is best suited for a particular function. PDO threads are better at repositing and revitalizing tissue while PLA and PCA threads are better at lifting sagging parts of your skin.

Does thread lift hurt? ›

Unlike facelift surgery which uses general anesthesia, thread lift uses local anesthesia where numbing ends in a short time. You will still experience pain and swelling in the affected area, and your surgeon will recommend analgesics to help with the pain and discomfort. Take your medication as directed.

Do thread lifts work for marionette lines? ›

The thread lift also can be used to lift jowls, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and even the eye areas!

Do thread lifts damage your skin? ›

To date, only a few studies had investigated the complications of facial thread lifting. Such related complications include swelling, hematoma, skin dimpling, visible threads, thread extrusion, contour irregularity, and infection.

What is better Sculptra or threads? ›

Thread lifts are a popular option for treating age-related sagging and loss of volume including marionette lines. The results appear sooner than Sculptra and may last longer.

What is better than PDO threads? ›

Silhouette Soft PLLA: Poly-L-Lactic Acid material are also used as surgical sutures, and have greater longevity than PDO, averaging 12 months before dissolving. Thus, they can stimulate collagen for a longer duration. Once dissolved, the material breaks down into glucose, carbon dioxide and water. 3.

What happens if PDO thread breaks? ›

The threads may break due to excess facial movement, rubbing the skin, or exposure to moisture. When it does happen, breakage tends to be near the ends near the incision point. The broken thread poses no threat to you. The piece may migrate up until it extrudes from the skin.

Can thread lifts be removed? ›

If the thread has become extruded it may be possible to simply remove it, otherwise you may have to have it surgically removed, possibly through a facelift incision.

What happens if you drink after PDO threads? ›

You should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least 14 days after a PDO thread lift for the most effective results. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it causes you to lose a lot of water and essential nutrients necessary for proper healing. Drinking alcohol can also cause a dangerous increase in blood pressure.

How much does Thread Lift cost? ›

In general, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,200 – $1,800 for a thread lift on the face. For just the neck and jawline, a thread lift will run about $800 – $1,000. And if you want to address your entire face, neck and jawline, a thread lift will cost you about $2,000 to $2,500.

Do and don'ts after thread lift? ›

Experiencing slight discomfort in the first two days after the procedure is normal, it will gradually reduce. Try keeping your head elevated for a week. Don't pull your facial skin, massage, scrub or exfoliate the skin for at least three weeks. You are also not supposed to wash or touch your face for at least 12 hours.

How do you sleep after a thread lift? ›

Sleep on your side

Sleeping on your side, or even on your stomach, results in pressure on your face. You need to avoid this for about a week after your thread lift procedure. Try to sleep on your back with your head propped up on a pillow to minimize swelling after a thread lift.

Is it normal to have lumps after thread lift? ›

Pain, bruising and swelling is normal and to be expected. It should dissipate within 2 weeks 2. Lumps and/or bumps may temporarily occur at/or along treatment sit(s). These will resolve with time and are seldom a cause of concern 3.

What is better thread lift or fillers? ›

Threads are an excellent option in correcting certain problem areas, especially if there is some laxity, drooping, or sagging of skin. On the other hand, fillers are designed to address the fine lines you want gone (or at least reduced in appearance).

Which is better ultherapy or thread lift? ›

PDO thread lifting is best for people who want to get rid of deeper wrinkles but Ultherapy treatment is better at treating fine lines. With that, Ultratherapy is also a good option if you're looking for something that's less invasive than traditional surgery.

Can I smile after a thread lift? ›

Aside from coping with temporary swelling and tenderness, most clients are able to smile after a PDO thread lift.

How many threads are used in a thread lift? ›

On average, patients require between 2 – 4 threads on each side of the face for a mid-face thread lift. An additional 2 – 4 threads may be needed for the lower face and/or neck.

How long does dimpling last after thread lift? ›

Thread lifts do have dimples and indentations as documented complications. Most often, the unevenness will settle over 2-6 weeks. However, if the threads were made of permanent material (nylon), then the surface dimples maybe last longer.

What happens if PDO thread breaks? ›

The threads may break due to excess facial movement, rubbing the skin, or exposure to moisture. When it does happen, breakage tends to be near the ends near the incision point. The broken thread poses no threat to you. The piece may migrate up until it extrudes from the skin.

Can your body reject PDO threads? ›

The Treatment is Safe

PDO thread lifts are approved by the FDA and polydioxanone has been widely used for cardiovascular surgery and other medical purposes for more than a decade. It is an inherently safe material that the body does not reject.

Can I shower after thread lift? ›

Do not take a shower or wash your hair for the first 24 hours. Avoid hot showers for one week. When washing face after 24 hours, gently wash the required area with cleanser (recommended by your injector) and water.

Do thread lifts damage your skin? ›

To date, only a few studies had investigated the complications of facial thread lifting. Such related complications include swelling, hematoma, skin dimpling, visible threads, thread extrusion, contour irregularity, and infection.

When can I wash my hair after thread lift? ›

You should refrain from washing, wetting and touching your face or the treated area for at least 12 hours after your procedure. Once you do start showering and cleansing the area, be careful not to massage or scrub with a washcloth for 3 weeks after your thread lift.

What happens if I sleep on my side after PDO threads? ›

Consequently, sleeping on your side or stomach is one of the worst things you can do after your procedure. Sleeping side or face down can cause patients to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, and generate less than ideal results.

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