A thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that effectively lifts the sagging skin on the face and neck using surgical suture treads. Presently, there are many types of threads available for facial and neck rejuvenation varying from their designs, tensile strength, materials used and bioavailability. The most common and widely used threads for thread lift are dissolvable barbed threads. These threads are embedded in the skin to promote fibrosis thereby resulting in formation of new collagen bundles. These newly formed collagen fibres act as scaffolding to hold the skin in position thus making it firm in the process.
Thread lift is often used to improve the mid-lower face, nasolabial fold and jaw line, creating a subtle youthful changes rather than dramatic changes. A thread lift is not a substitute for a facelift. It is helps to buy time before a face or neck lift is needed. The biggest advantage of a thread lift is the absence of visible scar or removal of tissue hence patients can resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure. It is common to combine thread lift with other non invasive cosmetic procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections, laser treatments or chemical peels to improve skin texture.