Thread lifting is a procedure that works to tackle sags and folds. The procedure is becoming more popular than ever before as demand grows for skin care where less is more.Hailed as a solution for both women and men that side-steps the commitment and healing time required for a face lift, invisible fine threads placed in the skin can get to places on faces other procedures cannot reach.But while thread-lifting’s touch may be comparatively light, it’s not to be undertaken lightly. THREAD-LIFTING – WHAT’S INVOLVED.There are three different procedures known generally as: surgical thread lifting, non-surgical thread lifting and beauty threads.While all treatments are used mainly for the face, they can sometimes be applied on the neck, cleavage and even body areas too.All three procedures will stimulate the production of collagen (the protein that gives our skin its youthful appearance), restoring firmness. This means beauty threads, which do not lift, can result in a subtle increase in firmness in patients aged 30 to 40, the result of the skin’s condition improving. All types of threads will tighten the surrounding tissues and increase blood supply which in turn can lead to healthier, firmer skin. “Each thread-lifting procedure can be applied individually, and sometimes a combination is the right course. They can also be used with other techniques such as fillers.
NON-SURGICAL THREAD-LIFTING Non-surgical threads are the middle way. The discreet and subtle option best suited for 35 to 55-year-olds, they rev up collagen production, are less radical than the surgical option, but do have lifting benefits significant enough to make a noticeable difference. Usually four to 16 threads are applied in a treatment, requiring a local anaesthetic, that can last from 20 minutes to an hour.Expect mild to moderate swelling, but recovery time is on average one to two days.The results last from 10 to 18 months, however the collagen boost goes on for longer and can be followed by top-ups
BEAUTY THREADS This is the treatment becoming most widely available, and with the most potential for client confusion and disappointed expectationsHowever beauty threads do have benefits for younger skin and can make the most of other procedures.Getting good advice beforehand about what is being used is crucial, most materials have a similar effect so don’t be bamboozled into thinking one type is superior to another.Beware also any claims that these threads can drastically reduce fat.Beauty threads work by prompting the skin into producing collagen. In younger skins this means they will prolong its youthful radiance, but they will not produce a lift in the conventional sense no matter what age the patient is. However because beauty threads create collagen, the skin does appear more firm and tighter. They also do boost the effectiveness of other procedures.Beauty threads are shorter, typically five centimetres / two inches, and are placed in multiples, sometimes up to 100 in a session that will involve a local anaesthetic.This takes about 10 to 30 minutes where a grid is built up. Bruising and swelling do occur depending on the number of threads used. The benefits can last up to year or 18 months.