Threads, or sutures, are used as a minimally-invasive alternative to surgical face lifts. They can also serve as an alternative, or can be used in combination, with dermal fillers to tighten and lift the skin.
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Made from bioresorbable materials, such as polylactic acid, threads give a temporary lifting effect to the face and neck area while stimulating collagen production. Since these ingredients are biodegradable, they gradually dissolve into the tissue, leaving behind new collagen.<
Silhouette Soft works to tighten and lift aging skin for a more youthful appearance. These threads are quick to insert, and have minimal downtime.
Why are they used?
Doctors use thread lifts when patients wish to correct mild to moderate wrinkles and sagging skin. Threads work to tighten and lift skin for a more youthful, healthy, and natural-looking appearance. Men and women of all ages can benefit from thread lifts as they provide a support structure to reduce signs of aging. This cost-effective and minimally-invasive procedure can last for much longer than aesthetic injectables. As well, the threads encourage new collagen, which lasts even after the threads have dissolved.
Areas of use
Use sutures to gently lift areas anywhere on the face. You can treat areas such as the cheek, lower eye and nasolabial areas, jawline and neck. Younger patients often look to correct mild sagging in the brow and cheek area.
How long do threads last?
The results are immediately visible as the sutures are pulled into place, lifting the sagging skin. Moreover, threads promote collagen growth, which lasts even after the sutures have dissolved. While the duration of the effects may vary depending on the severity of the skin condition and the lifestyle of the patient, the results of using threads to lift sagging skin can generally last up to two years.
How are they used?
Do not attempt to implant threads unless you are a trained medical professional. Sterilize the area and mark the location you will insert the sutures. Use a local anesthetic at the entry and exit points to decrease discomfort during the procedure. Using the distal straight needle, puncture the skin. The thread should advance along the marked lines and pulled through the exit point.
At this point, you can cut the needle off, leaving just enough of the suture exposed to tighten the skin. Once the skin is in place, trim the ends of the thread. Do not sterilize unused threads or used needles.
For detailed and complete instructions on the application of threads, refer to the specific product’s leaflet.
What are the side effects?
The side effects of threads include discomfort, inflammation, pain, redness, bruising, swelling, and temporary depression, bunching, or irregularity at the location of entry. Usually, most of the minor side effects would evade themselves within a few days. Generally, thread lifts are safe and are a minimally-invasive procedure; however, for a specific list of side effects, precautions and contraindications you must refer to the particular product’s leaflet.
Types of threads
Threads can be split into two categories: smooth threads, which need to be anchored to a stable area of the scalp or face; and barbed threads, which you do not need to suspend to hold the lift.
Under these categories, there are also different types of sutures.
Surgical thread lifting:
Surgical thread lifting uses fixed or free floating threads to create a lift. Fixed threads result in a more dramatic lift, as the thread is attached to the underlying skin structure. These threads are usually combined with the removal of excess skin, so results can last up to four years.
Free floating threads are implanted under the skin. Once they are pulled into place, they give a lifting effect that can last up to two years.
Non-surgical thread lifting:
For those who only need minimal to moderate lifting are great candidates for these threads. They help encourage collagen production, and can be used in combination with some dermal fillers or other treatments to rejuvenate the skin. The effects can last up to 18 months.
Unlike other threads, beauty threads don’t necessarily lift the skin. They do, however, stimulate collagen production to make the skin more firm and radiant. These threads can be used in combination with other procedures, and last up to 18 months.