8 Thread Lift Facts| Costs, Recovery & More

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8 Facts About Thread Lifts

Thread lifts are gaining popularity and staying informed about thread costs, pre and post procedure care and results will help you decide if its right for you.  We want to educate you on everything you need to know about thread lifts and how they can help you look lifted, tightened and snatched 😉

The effects of gravity may cause you to lose facial fat and leave you looking older than you really are.  This is where modern advances such as thread lifting come into play! PFO Threads will lift, tighten and contour facial laxity. Best of all, there’s no anesthesia or extensive downtime involved. 

  1. You might have heard about Threads Lifts from celebrities and beauty experts such as Gwenyth Paltrow or Huda Beauty.  These boss babes believe that threads are the key to a youthful and better version of yourself!  Seriously though, these women killed it in their aesthetic non- surgical makeover.  Actress Gwenth Paltrow dubbed thread lifts as ‘under the radar approach’ to anti-aging, and Huda Beauty believes thread lifts are ‘kinda like Hollywood’s secret to younger-looking tighter skin.’

Fast forward a few years and now thread lifting can be a safe and effective procedure for you!   This versatile procedure lifts sagging skin, shapes the eyes (fox eye lift), nose, brow, the jaw and more.  

1. How does a Thread Lift Result in a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Thread lifting is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses threads under the skin’s surface to lift tissue on the face and neck.  PDO thread lifts are what some plastic surgeon’s use at The Plastic Surgery Clinic and they dissolve after about 6-9 months as they are naturally absorbed by the body.  This is one of the advances that happened with Gweyneth or Huda Beauty.                      

Threads are carefully and strategically inserted under the skin’s surface and then repositioned to lift and tighten the skin to create a desired look or shape.  After the threads have done this actual lifting, they will start to dissolve.  Your body’s healing responses will kick in and stimulate the natural production of collagen that continues for as long as a year after your procedure. 

The results will be more apparent 4-6 weeks later when new collagen comes into play.  Yes, it’s a bit of a wait but I guess that’s why they say good things come to those who wait. Thanks to the new collagen and fibrotic tissue that your body produces, you naturally maintain the lifted look without even trying. Thank you modern science 😉

PDO Thread Lifts are commonly used to reduce midface sagging or laxity, especially to lift the jowls and nasolabial folds, to define and contour the neck and jawline, create a brow lift (a.k.a Korean Brow Lift), reduce heaviness in the eye lifts (a.k.a Fox Eye Lift) or create a more almond shaped eye.  Wow, see just how versatile thread lifts can really be? You definitely need to come talk to us about this non-surgical facelift option at our Toronto Clinic

2. How is a  PDO Thread Lift Different from a Facelift?

Facelift procedures require surgery, extensive downtime and are quite costly.  Surgical facelifts require skin to be removed whereas a thread lifting will simply suspend the skin with surgical stitches that pull back sagging tissue to create a tight, subtle lift to facial skin. There is no cutting or scalpels involved.  Additionally, this procedure requires local anesthesia, making it much easier to schedule in your daily life compared to a surgical facelift.  Additionally, a threads takes 1 hour to perform on an ideal candidate. Lastly, because PDO thread lift is non-invasive and relatively easy to perform and the costs are far lower than traditional surgical facelifts making this treatment accessible.

3. How much does Thread Lift Cost in Toronto?

Treatments start at $175 per thread and results are contingent upon area treated in addition to number of threads used to create your desired look. We invite you to book a consultation at our Toronto Clinic. 

4. What are Different Types of Threads?

Depending on skin type and desired goals mono, cog or even a combination of both thread lifts can be used.

Mono threads are smooth threads without barbs.  Mono threads are inserted into the face in a mesh-like fashion for a skin tightening effect. Neocollagenesis and tissue fibrosis develop around the threads improving elasticity and softening wrinkles.  Smooth threads tighten the skin without significant lifting.  Skin tightening usually improves after collagen starts forming. Mono threads are great for rejuvenating however require an anchoring point depending on where they are being injected. 

Cog threads are essentially mono threads with barbs to hook to the underside of the skin.  Barbs form a support structure to sift sagging tissue.  Cog threads are most effective for jawline lifting and contouring.  Essentially, mono threads are great for rejuvenation and tightening whereas cog threads are most effective for lifting. 

5. How to Prepare for Thread Lifting Procedure?

As with many procedures, there are ways to best prepare to get a PDO Thread Lift including what to avoid before and how to prepare the skin for the procedure.  2 days before the procedure you should eliminate the following:

  • Aspirin
  • Vitamin E
  • NSAIDs
  • Alcohol
  • St John’s Wart
  • Ginka Biloba

In order to perform a PDO Thread Lift your skin should not have active infections, acne or cold sores. 

6. Who are the Best Candidates for PDO Thread?

Ideal candidates for Thread Lifts range between the ages of 35-55 years with mild to moderate facial laxity. They have no history of plastic surgery or a non-absorbable implant in the zone of thread.  They should not be on blood thinners.  They should have no allergies to anesthesia or reaction to surgical sutures.   They should have no active skin infections or autoimmune disorders. 

7.  What are Contraindications for Threads? 

Active malignancy, keloid scars or skin infection in the treated area are contraindications for thread lifting.  Other contraindications to threads include active cancer, bleeding disorders, HIV, hepatitis B or C.

8. What to Expect After the Thread Lift Procedure?

Whether you have undergone cosmetic procedures or are getting a PDO Thread Lift for the first time it is important to understand post procedure instructions.

  • Do not touch or apply makeup for 24 hours post procedure
  • Expect mild discomfort, swelling, tightness and bruising up to 3-7 days
  • Ice and tylenol can be used to assist with swelling and discomfort
  • Sleep on your back for the first 7 nights
  • Restrict facial movement for 14 days such as chewing, laughing, smiling, or dental treatments
  • Do not do strenuous activity for 7 days
  • Avoid sun, pool or sauna 7 days post procedure

Remember to schedule a follow up 2 weeks and 2 months post procedure. 

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