Nonsurgical Thread Lift

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Nonsurgical Thread Lift Glasgow

A thread lift is a non surgical technique which uses sterile suture material to reposition soft tissues in the face (and elsewhere). It is used with the aim of restoring a more youthful contour, while other types of threads can be used for lipolysis (fat dissolving) and improvements in skin quality.

A thread-lift is not a face-lift. A face-lift is a surgical procedure (there are many varieties) which is much more substantial in terms of cost and recovery time, but also in terms of effect. The ideal age-group to consider a thread-lift is adults between 35 and 55 years. Occasionally older people may benefit, but ultimately it is not the age, rather the tissue quality that will determine whether an individual is suitable for a thread-lift or would be more appropriately managed by a surgical procedure.

The PDO variant is immensely popular in Korea and the benefits can now be found around the world.

There are 3 types of threads:

  1. Basic – Straight pieces of unaltered thread. We use many of these to form a ‘net’ in the desired area. Over time, these are broken down completely, at the same time producing new collagen and an improvement in the texture, tone and quality of the skin
  2. Screws – Straight pieces of thread are coiled into a spring shape. The result is a thread which provides more surface area contact over a given length while at the same time giving a gentle lift.
  3. Cogs/Barbs – These threads have little cuts made at angles along their length, the resultant barbs or cogs actually holding the tissue and giving a stronger mechanical lift. As with the threads above, the material (PDO) is slowly broken down and new collagen formation stimulated

They are simple little surgical threads that have had minor adjustments to their shape to allow us to provide the maximum improvement of your skin and soft tissues.

Which threads does Dr Cormac use and why?

Dr Cormac uses PDO threads and Silhouette Soft Threads, believing that to provide the best outcomes, it is essential to offer a range of options.

What qualifications and experience do you have of providing thread lifts?

Silhouete Soft thread-lift procedures can only be performed by Doctors and Dentists. PDO thread-lift procedures may additionally be performed by trained nurses. All training requires a certificate of competency.

How long does a thread lift take?

The procedure of actually placing the threads will take a few minutes, depending on the site, type and number of threads being used. A full face treatment takes less than 30 minutes.

What parts of my face are threads suitable for?

Threads may be inserted into any area of the face but some areas are more appropriate for specific threads. For example the forehead, having very thin skin, may not be suitable for the larger threads as it may be possible to feel or see these after injection. Again, this will depend on the individual and how thick or thin their skin is.

How long does a thread face lift last for?

Threads typically have an effect for approximately 12 months. Ina few, benefits may last up to two years.

Is it safe to have thread lifts?

Thread-lifting is a medical procedure. When carried out by appropriately trained and experienced practitioners, it is considered a safe procedure. The potential for any complications will be considered during the medical consultation. Any patient who, for medical reasons, is considered high risk will be advised of this.

Is a thread lift reversible if I don’t like it?

Threads can, of course, be removed. If removal is, for any reason, required or desired, a further procedure is necessary.

More Questions Answered About Thread Lift

Does threading hurt?

All patients will feel some discomfort, however anaesthetic injections and cream are used with the result that it is well tolerated by most. Some patients will, of course be more apprehensive or sensitive and this will be discussed during any consultation, with plans adapted around what is best for any given individual.

Are there any side effects of having these thread lifts?

It is quite common, despite correct technique, for bruising to occur. There may also be discomfort which, on occasion, may last a few days. Risks of infection, numbness, scarring and asymmetry are less likely to occur.

What happens when a thread lift goes wrong?

Occasionally, complications can arise. This may include bruising, infection, persisting numbness and asymmetry. Aftercare is essential to ensure that any negative outcomes can be managed. Dr Cormac has been fully trained to assess and manage any issues that arise. As a doctor with an interest in complication management and avoidance, he also has an international network of colleagues who are all invested in ensuring best care and outcomes for patients.

Are there different sorts of threads that different doctors use?

There are various different types of threads available, the commonest being various brands of PDO threads and Silhouette Soft threads.

How do I know what sort of effect the threads will have on my face?

It is impossible to tell exactly the outcome but Dr Cormac will provide individual guidance around realistic outcomes from any thread-lifting procedure.

How do I know if I’m suitable for threads?

This will be assessed during a full medical consultation and examination.

Why would I choose threads vs dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are excellent at providing or restoring volume. This is seen as a key point, especially given the changes of ageing. However, where tissue needs to be lifted or repositioned, threads can provide an additional benefit. Some people have very lax skin such that volume restoration alone doesn’t give an optimal result. Threads, as well as lifting, can help restore the strength and tightness of the skin over the medium to long term.

Can I go in the sun after having a thread lift?

It is recommended to stay out of the sun for 2-3 days, especially if there is any bruising.

What happens to the thread lifts in my face?

At Ever Clinic we use dissolving threads. These are slowly broken down by the body such that they totally disappear by approximately 9 months. This process leaves new collagen around the site of the threads.

Is a thread lift worth it?

The answer to the question depends on a variety of factors:

  1. Are you a good candidate for the procedure? (If not then it’s not worth it)
  2. How much improvement do you expect? (The result is not as dramatic as complex surgery)
  3. How often do you intent to have a procedure? (The result does require maintenance in terms of further treatment)
  4. Are you a sun-worshipper or a smoker? (Patients who do these things will end up with a lesser result from the procedure)

What is the history of thread lifts? Have the procedures changed?

In terms of threads, their use has evolved from surgical practice. Initially sutures were permanent and required an operation to put them in place. As our understanding and the wishes of patients have changed, now the most common techniques involves no surgery and the use of temporary, dissolving threads. With the aim of providing ever improving care and outcomes, techniques do change with time and in fact increasingly includes using a combination approach. We know that results are better when used in conjunction with volumising dermal filler and also with botulinum toxin.

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