Thread lifts have emerged as a popular alternative to traditional facelifts, offering a minimally invasive way to achieve a youthful appearance. Each type of thread lift brings a unique approach to achieving a youthful appearance, tailored to meet different aesthetic goals and preferences. In this article, we will examine these variations in detail, offering insights into how they work, their benefits, and what sets them apart from one another.
What Are Thread Lifts?
Thread lifts are a groundbreaking, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses fine, dissolvable sutures – called threads – to lift and tighten sagging skin. The procedure is designed to gently lift and tighten sagging skin without the need for traditional surgery. They are often referred to as “lunchtime lifts” due to their quick and easy nature, with results that can last for several years.
Typically, thread lifts are used to treat signs of aging, such as sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck, as well as to enhance the overall contour of the face. They offer a less invasive alternative to traditional facelifts, with shorter recovery times and less risk of complications.
They are best suited to people with mild to moderate sagging skin or wish to restore their facial shape.
People with more severe sagging should consider a surgical facelift if they want the most dramatic lift.
History of Thread Lifts
The first documented use of thread lifts is attributed to Dr. Aptos in South Korea in the early 1990s. However, the technique has evolved significantly since then, constantly developing new materials and methods.
Leading Types of Thread Lifts
Many different types of thread lifts are available, each with unique properties and benefits. The most common types include:
- Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are the most popular type of Thread lift. PDO threads are made from a biodegradable material that is absorbed by the body over time. They are available in various lengths and thicknesses. They can be used to treat a variety of areas of the face and neck.
- Elasticum threads are made from a biocompatible material that stimulates collagen production. This helps to improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness and can also provide a lifting effect.
What Are Threads Typically Used To Treat?
Thread lifts are typically used to treat mild to moderate drooping and sagging skin on the face and neck. They can be used to:
- Lift the brows and the midface
- Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
- Define the jawline
- Improve the facial shape
- Improve the appearance of the neck by reducing sagging jowls and saggy skin
Thread Lift Procedures vs Traditional Surgical Facelift
Thread lift procedures offer a compelling alternative to traditional surgical facelifts. While they may not provide as dramatic results as surgical facelifts, thread lifts offer a less invasive option with fewer risks, minimal downtime, and more natural-looking results. They are ideal for those seeking subtle yet noticeable improvements. They also don’t carry the same risks by avoiding a long general anesthetic procedure and they are usually significantly more affordable.
Review of Long PDO Thread Lifts
What Results Can I Expect From Long PDO Thread Lift?
Long PDO thread lifts can provide a lifting effect. They can treat areas with mild to moderate sagging. You can expect to see the following results:
- Improved definition of the jawline
- Lifted brows and cheek fat pads
- Reduced marionette lines
- Smoother neck skin
How Do Long PDO Thread Lifts Work?
Long PDO thread lifts use barbed threads that anchor into the skin, providing a lifting effect. These threads are made of polydioxanone and are inserted under the skin using a cannula to lift and support the facial tissues.
What Can I Expect During My Long PDO Thread Lift Treatment? Is It Painful?
The procedure is performed with minimal discomfort. The treatment is typically performed under local anesthesia with some happy gas to alleviate the discomfort of the local anesthetic. You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but it is generally well-tolerated. The procedure itself takes, on average, about 30-60 minutes.
What Is The Downtime After A Long PDO Thread Lift Treatment, And What Kind Of Aftercare Is Required?
There is minimal downtime after a Long PDO Thread Lift procedure. You may experience some swelling and bruising, which should subside within a few days. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a few days, and you should also avoid wearing makeup for 24 hours.
How Long After A Long PDO Thread Lift Treatment Will I See Results?
Results are usually visible immediately and continue to improve. The full results will take several weeks to develop as the body produces new collagen.
How Long Do The Results Last From The Long PDO Thread Lifts Procedure Last?
The results of long PDO Thread Lifts typically last 1- 2 years, depending on individual factors.
What Is The Typical Cost Of A Long PDO Thread Lift Procedure Treatment?
The cost of a Long PDO thread lift procedure can vary depending on the number of threads used and the experience of the provider. At Restoration Medicine, the price range on average is from $1650 to $3850.
Review of Elasticum Thread Lifts
What Results Can I Expect From Elasticum Thread Lifts?
Elasticum Thread Lifts can significantly improve skin laxity and facial contours by providing a structural lift. They can provide a subtle lifting and tightening effect, as well as an improvement in skin texture and elasticity. Patients can expect a more youthful, refreshed appearance with lifted and tightened skin.
How Do Elasticum Thread Lifts Work?
Elasticum Threads are inserted under the skin using a fine needle and then gently pulled to lift and tighten the skin. These threads then lift and support sagging tissues for a rejuvenated look. Elasticum threads are slightly more robust than long PDO threads so offer more of a structural lift.
Elasticum and long PDO threads can also be used in the same treatment to provide both a structural, as well as a skin lifting effect.
What Can I Expect During My Elasticum Thread Lift Treatment? Is It Painful?
The procedure is minimally invasive and typically well-tolerated. Local anaesthesia and a light IV sedation can minimise discomfort, making the process relatively painless. The procedure itself takes, on average, about 30-60 minutes.
What Is the Downtime After an Elasticum Thread Lift Procedure and What Kind of Aftercare Is Required?
Minimal downtime is required – hence the moniker of “The Lunch Time Lift”. Patients may experience slight swelling or bruising, which should subside within a week, but normal activities can be resumed quickly. Proper aftercare includes avoiding strenuous activities for a short period and you should also avoid wearing makeup for 24 hours.
How Long After an Elasticum Thread Lift Procedure Will I See Results?
Results can be seen immediately, with further improvements over the following months.
How Long Do The Results from The Elasticum Thread Lift Procedure Last?
The results from an elasticum thread lift procedure last, on average, for at least 5 years and often much longer.
What Is the Typical Cost of an Elasticum Thread lift Procedure?
The cost of an elasticum thread lift procedure can vary depending on the type and number of threads used. However, it is typically less expensive than a traditional surgical facelift. At our clinic, pricing would generally range from $3300 to $5500.
Long PDO Threads vs Elasticum Threads
What Are the Main Differences?
The main differences between Long PDO threads and Elasticum threads are the type of Thread used, the amount of lifting provided, and the cost.
- Long PDO threads are barbed, while Elasticum threads are smooth.
- Elasticum threads provide a more dramatic lifting effect, while long PDO threads provide a more subtle lifting effect.
- Elasticum are more expensive than PDO threads
Which Thread Lift Procedure is Right For Me?
A consultation with a skilled practitioner is essential in deciding if thread lifts would be a good fit for you and, if so, which type we should utilise.
Choosing the right thread lift depends on individual skin type, degree of sagging, and desired outcomes. The best type of thread lift for you will depend on your individual needs and goals. Elasticum threads are a good option if you are looking for a more dramatic lifting effect. Long PDO threads may be a better option if you want a more subtle lifting effect.
Are There Any Limitations of Each Type of Thread?
Both long PDO threads and elasticum threads have some drawbacks and limitations. Both types may not be suitable for those with significant skin laxity.
- Long PDO threads can be more visible under the skin than Elasticum threads.
- Very occasionally, long PDO threads can migrate or break, which may require additional treatment.
- Elasticum threads provide more lifting than Long PDO threads.
- Neither Elasticum threads nor long PDO threads may be suitable for people with very thin skin, as the risk of puckering is higher. Others treatments may be recommended to improve the condition and thickness of the skin prior to considering a thread lift.
What Are The Alternatives to Thread Lift Procedures?
- Anti Wrinkle Injections: Botulinum Toxin, such as Botox and Dysport, can be used to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, resulting in a smoother appearance.
- Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers such as Profhilo or Restylane can be used to add volume to the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds.
- Surgical facelift: A surgical facelift is a more invasive procedure that can provide more dramatic results.
- PDO monothreads: these can be used to thicken and tighten thin skin.
- Morpheus8: Morpheus8, by Inmode, combines microneedling with radiofrequency technology. It’s designed to rejuvenate and remodel the skin, reaching deeper layers and stimulating collagen production for a tighter, more youthful appearance.
What Are The Main Advantages Of Each Type Of Thread?
Both Long PDO threads and Elasticum threads have some advantages.
- Long PDO threads can provide a more subtle lifting effect.
- Long PDO threads are less expensive than Elasticum threads.
- Elasticum threads are less visible under the skin than Long PDO threads.
- Elasticum threads are more expensive than Long PDO threads.
Restoration Medicine – Experience, Expertise, Authority, Trust
Thread lifts are a safe and effective minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can provide a natural-looking lift and tightening effect. If you are considering thread lifts, it is essential to consult with a qualified and experienced provider to discuss your options and ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Dr. Phoebe Jones has trained extensively internationally on several Thread lift procedures (in San Diego, London, Seoul and Genoa). She is one of Australia’s leading authorities in thread lift procedures.
Here at Restoration Medicine, we offer both Long PDO and Elasticum thread lift procedures. We will work with you to determine if either type of thread lift is right for you and provide you with the highest quality care.
Remember, while this advice is general, each case is unique. We encourage you to book a consultation at our Paddington Clinic for a personalised thread lift plan that’s right for you. Trust in our experience and expertise to guide you through your aesthetic journey.
Our team of experts is ready to provide you with personalised advice and information tailored to your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start your journey towards a rejuvenated appearance.