Thread lifts (also known as PDO thread lifts) are a non-invasive surgical procedure where sutures are used to lift facial skin in a subtle but visible way. No skin is removed; the surgeon raises it and suspends it by stitching certain parts of it; this pulls the skin back just a little and tightens it.
Thread lifts help to stimulate the body’s response to healing by causing collagen to surge in certain treated areas. Collagen has a great influence on how our skin looks and feels.
Types of thread lifts:
· Cog thread lifts: These thread lifts hook onto the facial skin; they help in the healing and restoration process of certain saggy areas of the skin.
· Mono thread lifts: These provide a small amount of lift by being set onto certain points of the scalp or to a certain point on the face.
Cog thread lifts tend to be a little bit more expensive than mono thread lifts. Prices tend to vary because threads in thread lifts are installed in combos, pretty much like mirrors.
For example, if you get a thread lift for your right cheek, your left cheek is going to have to get one for your facial dimensions to remain symmetrical.
What to expect during the procedure:
· General or local anesthesia could be used for this procedure.
· The threads will be inserted into your skin using a cannula or a very thin needle. This can take up to half an hour or 45 minutes.
· The needle or cannula will be removed after the thread has been inserted.
Thread lifts are considered to be a walk-in procedure, as you’ll be ready to go back home as soon as you’re done.
· Results are supposed to be noticeable right away. However, more results might be apparent once the swelling and bruising decrease.
· The effects last up from 1 to 3 years. The tissue underneath your skin will absorb these threads.
· Your doctor will let you know how to take care of your sutures; it is recommended that you avoid rubbing your face or sleeping on your side just to prevent further complications.