Enliven, lift, and give your face a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift. Medical-grade threading materials and physical pulling of your skin tighten and firm up sagging skin, and the threads lift, reducing wrinkles. Three main threads lift and smooth your face, including polydioxanone or PDO threads, polylactic acid or PLA, and polycaprolactone or PCA.
PDO threads have been popular since the 1980s and are still used in surgeries. These threads are made from polyester that breaks down after about six months. PDO threads, like other threads, trigger fibroblasts to produce collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin structure and elasticity.
Traditional facelifts are surgical procedures that lift and tighten facial tissue because of a loss in elasticity. Facelifts are invasive, permanent solutions to aging concerns compared to other dermal treatments. A comprehensive facelift targets all areas of your face, including the neck, jawline, jowls, brow lines, under eyes, cheeks, and forehead. The facelift treatment will take almost ten years off your appearance. The results of a surgical life will cost you almost $10,000 and have long recovery times, but the results, if the surgery is done right, often last seven to ten years.
Pros of a Thread Lift
Thread lifts have many benefits and will leave you looking younger, fresher, and most excellent. Benefits are:
- Quick. The procedure usually takes about an hour. Some patients even refer to thread lifts as “the lunchtime facelift.”
- Minimally invasive. No cuts are required, and the risks of infection and scarring are lower than with traditional cosmetic surgery.
- No anesthesia. You can have a topical anesthetic spread on your skin before your thread lift, but you don’t have to be completely anesthetized.
- Little to no recovery time. There may be some swelling and redness, but this resolves in a few days and most certainly less than a week. Little recovery time is great when comparing a PDO thread lift to a facelift surgery with a three-month recovery timeline.
- Less painful. There is no deep cutting and less bruising and swelling with thread lifting than with facelifts that use surgery.
- Many areas can be treated. Thread lifts can be done near the eyes, jaw, cheeks, and cheekbones. In addition, there are new procedures in thread lifting being developed to make you more comfortable and the results more successful.
Cons of a Thread Lift
Unfortunately, there are also downsides to a thread lift.
- Temporary. The effects of a conventional surgical facelift can last years, but a thread lift will only last between six months to two years.
- Good for initial signs of aging. The patients likely to benefit from a thread lift are generally the 35-55 age group.
- A small surgical treatment. A thread lift is a minor surgery, and there is a risk of infection, temporary discomfort, bruising, and rippling of the skin.
- Subtle effects. Small and subtle effects could be a negative for a thread lift, but if you prefer a less dramatic change, these results are very appealing.
Types of PDO Threads
PDO threads come in three categories, including:
Mono threads are smooth and have no barbs. These threads are placed into your face in a mesh-like fashion for the skin lifting effect. Skin tightening and lifting improve after collagen starts forming around the threads. Treatment areas are necklines, neck sagginess, forehead, and under the eyes. The threads are attached to an anchor point of the scalp or face.
Cog threads are mono threads with barbs to hook to the underside of your skin. The barbs are a support system that lifts sagging tissue. Cog threads do not need anchoring points. Collagen forms around cog threads and barbs, increasing the lifting effect. Cog threads are perfect for jawline lifting and slimming.
Tornado or Screw Threads
Screw threads come with one or two threads intertwined together around the needle. These types of threads give volume to recessed areas of the skin. Screw threads are used for general face lifting. Ask your skin care professional which thread type is best.
Thread lifts and facelifts give you different results. Thread lifts are less invasive and more cost-effective than surgical facelifts. The cost factor might be appealing if you want a cosmetic enhancement or quick fix. A surgical facelift is a more permanent solution, but is the recovery time and pain worth the expense?
If you believe a thread lift might be right for you, contact Glo Aesthetics in Rochester, MI. Glo Aesthetics won’t leave you hanging by a thread and confused. Glo Aesthetics blends unique skills and professional experience to provide the most natural results possible. Contact Glo Aesthetics at https://gloaesthetivs.com or call them at 248-759-5152.