Aesthetic Thread

Aesthetic Thread: The Growing Popularity of Cosmetic Thread Lifts


As people focus more on their appearance and looking youthful, cosmetic procedures aimed at non-surgical “tweaks” are growing rapidly in popularity. One such minimally invasive technique, the aesthetic thread lift, is gaining notice as a simple and effective way to achieve a more sculpted and lifted look.

Thread Lift Basics

An aesthetic thread lift involves the use of absorbable surgical threads to gently and gradually lift and reshape sagging skin on the face and body. These threads are made from polydioxanone (PDO), a synthetic absorbable material also used for sutures. The threads are inserted under the skin with minimal incisions using thin needles. Over time, as the body absorbs the threads, collagen production is stimulated to support and maintain the lifted areas naturally.

Target Areas

A thread lift can address signs of aging on the lower face and neck—areas where loose, hanging skin is one of the first signs of maturity. Common target areas include:

– The Mid-Face: Fallen cheeks can be lifted and contoured.

– Jowls: Sagging jowls and loose skin under the chin and jawline get sculpted.

– Neck: Loose neck skin is tightened and lifted to reduce crepey appearance.

Threads can also be used on other parts of the body that develop sagging with time, such as the abdomen after pregnancy. Areas under the eyes (to reduce bags), around the mouth (to reduce marionette lines), and on the brow (to reduce furrows) are also proving to be effective application sites.

Benefits and Effects

Some major benefits of an Aesthetic Threads lift include:

– Lifting and Tightening: The threads provide an immediate lifting effect and gradual tightening as they are absorbed.

– Minimal Downtime: Most patients can resume normal activities right away with little to no bruising or swelling.

– Long-Lasting Results: As collagen regenerates over 6-12 months, results last 1-2 years on average before repeat is needed.

– Non-Surgical: No cuts or incisions are needed, so there is no surgery recovery time.

– Cost Effectiveness: Thread lifts cost less than a traditional facelift or necklift procedure.

– Customization: Thread placement can be tailored to the specific concerns and structure of each patient.

Patient Consultation

During a consultation, a board-certified surgeon will assess a patient’s concerns, structure, and skin laxity through examination. Patients share their desired goals and any medical conditions or allergies. Candidates tend to be in generally good health but seeking a minor lift or contour without extensive surgery. Together, a customized treatment plan is created to achieve natural-looking, long-term results.

Thread Lift Procedure

The minor in-office procedure takes 1-2 hours, depending on the areas treated. Local anesthesia is applied to sites where threads will be inserted through minimally invasive stab incisions. Then the surgeon skillfully implants the barbed, monofilament threads under the skin using a curved needle. Placement is precisely calculated to support structures and redistribute tension. Once threads are set, any incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures or medical tape. Most patients experience only mild discomfort afterwards.

Recovery and Maintenance

There is little recovery time after a thread lift. Patients can resume regular routines and wear light makeup immediately. Minor side effects like temporary swelling or bruising are easily managed. Over 6-12 months, collagen begins thickening around the threads for a progressively tightened and lifted appearance. As threads slowly degrade, new collagen fibers maintain results for 1-2 years on average before optional touch-ups. Leading a healthy lifestyle and protecting skin with sunscreen helps support longevity.

Rising Popularity

As more seek subtle anti-aging enhancements, the popularity of aesthetic thread lifts continues to grow. Both male and female patients appreciate the minimally invasive technique that delivers defined contours and a fresher complexion rapidly. Interested individuals can inquire about threaded lifts at their aesthetic or plastic surgeon’s office. With advancements in threading material and placement methods, thread lifts remain an effective option for natural-looking rejuvenation.

1.  Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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