As we get older, our skin slowly loses its elasticity and will sag over time. But facelifts and other surgeries are not always an option for this problem. That’s why SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA offers an alternative thread lift treatment for their patients that is quick and low-risk to help combat loose and saggy skin.
How Does a Thread Lift Work?
The thread lift process works by threading thin, dissolvable thread sutures underneath your skin and pulling the thread to lift the skin, tightening it around your forehead, neck, or other areas. The thread is created to grip tissue and muscle when it is pulled tight, and once this happens, it will trigger a healing response in your body.
This is not due to injury, but rather it occurs because the body simply detects the material and starts producing collagen in response. Collagen will then work to fill any gaps in the skin and help restore elasticity in the face, leaving you with a more youthful look.
The Science Behind the Treatment
Early treatments using a threading concept fell short when it came to delivering contour results. There were initial issues in both the application of the treatment to address specific issues as well as with the thread material itself. Ultimately it led to failure with these treatments.
Today there is more understanding of how this process can and should be used to lift the skin that achieves much better results. Additionally, the threads used in today’s treatments are made from polydioxanone (denoted as PDO) which is a dissolvable material created from long chains of polysaccharide (a sugar) that is FDA-approved for the skin. These threads safely dissolve into the skin and help boost collagen production.
Continued Long-Term Effects
In 2017, a small study had shown that the initial effect of this kind of lift was a tighter, more structured skin appearance. The effects decreased after a year once the thread sutures dissolved., however, there was a subsequential “rejuvenation” effect that had remained and was still visible 3 or more years after the treatment had been done. Current studies continue to research the long-term effects as technologies continue to improve.
What Happens During My Visit?
Generally, the process will start with the marking of where the threads will go. We will make marks on your skin to use as a guide throughout the threading process. A local anesthetic or a topical anesthetic will be provided around the marked areas, and the treatment will begin once you are numb.
The thread is attached to a long needle called a cannula, which we will insert into your skin and pass under the surface. Tension is created by pulling the thread taut to lift the tissue. This is continued until all marks have been placed with threads. On average, the entire process takes less than an hour, and you are free to leave within just minutes of the needles being taken out.
What Areas Can This Treatment Help?
Most people consider these lifts for the face and surrounding skin areas that loosen and sag over time. These often include:
- Jowls and jawline
- Under-eye area
This is also a good option for women to use to lift and tighten sagging breasts due to pregnancy and related weight-loss.
How Soon Until I See Results?
You will see the results from these treatments almost immediately. Initial swelling offers a firm look at first, but after a month you will start to see the effects which are then maximized within three months after that. The collagen-boosting effects left behind from the threads after they dissolve will continue to provide visible results for up to a year. Some patients have reported seeing results up to three years after treatment.
Considering the Treatment
If you prefer to avoid surgical rejuvenation options, then this non-surgical treatment could be right for you. When the threads are positioned appropriately, they work to provide more lift and tone around the jowls and lower face. Over the first six months, the threads are absorbed into the skin and they trigger a natural collagen production boost that has been known to improve firmness in the skin for up to a year.
Previous patients have called this a “lunchtime lift” since it is much quicker and has less downtime compared to surgical facelifts. It’s also sometimes referred to as a sugar lift or a PDO lift (for polydioxanone). This is because that dissolvable material (PDO) that makes the thread is created from long chains of polysaccharide (a sugar).
Who Qualifies as a Good Candidate?
This kind of lift is best used on someone with lax skin, not severely sagging skin. Those in the 30 to 50 year age range with mild signs of aging are likely to see optimal results. The more extreme the skin laxity, the less likely this treatment will be effective. Treatments provide subtle results so often another collagen-boosting treatment will be done as well.
Sometimes this is a good option for noticeable rejuvenation, other times it is not. You can speak with one of our knowledgeable doctors anytime about whether this treatment is right for you.
Stay Beautiful With SkinMD Seattle
If you’re considering rejuvenation surgery or other facelift options, contact SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA to see if a non-surgical thread lift is an option for you. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about this great service, so call us and schedule a consultation today!