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Facial Thread Lift - an Emerging Cosmetic Technique

Written by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Dec 09, 2016 and last reviewed on Oct 23, 2019   -  2 min read


Facial thread lifting is an emerging cosmetic technique used to lift and tighten saggy skin. To know more about this technique, its advantages, and how it works, read the article.

Facial Thread Lift - an Emerging Cosmetic Technique

Aging is an ongoing process. As we grow old our facial support structure weakens, and we lose facial fat leading to older looking face. The areas, which get affected generally include the cheeks, the eyebrows and the other areas around the eyes, the jaws and the neck. This is because aging causes thinning of connective tissue in the skin. The elastic fibers in the skin undergo breakdown. Due to the loss of facial elasticity, it leads to departure of certain face-shaping supports. The face begins to sag and wrinkle.

For these types of facial breakdown, a thread lift may be a good alternative compared to more invasive procedures done to correct problems in older people’s faces. Thread lifts emerged recently and many people would like a facelift, because it is a simple, cost effective and less time consuming procedure.

What Is Thread Therapy?

It is an excellent and effective cosmetic procedure to lift and tighten already sagged skin tissue. It also will help in redefining facial contours as per individual desire. The effect of skin tissue lifting can last for up to 2 to 3 years. Collagen synthesis occurs around the used threads and lead to formation of integral support structure for the tissue of the face. The best cosmetic effects will be seen after six months of the procedure as by that time collagen will be formed around the threads.

Thread Lifting Method:

The product used for thread therapy is a fine needle may be more than a 21 gauge needle affixed to the absorbable thread. The needle used in this process is inserted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin and when this is taken out, the threads get implanted in the skin. It requires the insertion of dozens of needles to the subcutaneous layer of skin with absorbable threads. These used threads activate their natural regenerative process due to mechanical stimulation of wound healing and tissue contraction.

The thread, which is recently in trend, is polydioxanone (PDO). It is clinically proven and made up of bio-compatible material that is already widely used in different types of medical suturing. The popularity of this thread can be attributed to the safety of polydioxanone, its ease of insertion, excellent results with minor side effects and the very low known complications.

Areas Treated with Thread Lifting:

  1. Forehead (brow lifting).
  2. Jawline.
  3. Upper and lower cheeks.
  4. Neck.
  5. Nasolabial folds.
  6. Sagging mouth.


Local 2% Xylocaine is injected into the treatment area or can use topical EMLA cream (eutectic mixture of local anesthetics). The PDO thread will then be introduced into the deeper tissues with the help of cannula or micro-needle in the required area. Total time taken in this procedure is around 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment required. The treated person will normally be able to fully resume his everyday routine and social commitments within a few days.

Advantages of Thread Lifting

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Last reviewed at:
23 Oct 2019  -  2 min read




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