Dating new thread
“The lifting results were extremely short-lived—and as a result, the procedure failed.” Another issue: These threads were permanent—meant to stay under the skin forever—and were later found to trap bacteria and cause infection.
Plus, if you weren’t happy with the results, removal of permanent threads could be a bigger, more invasive ordeal.
The thread is then pulled tight to create tension and lift the tissue.
This process is repeated until all the threads—anywhere from just a few to more than 20—are placed. Because it’s done under local anesthesia, you should feel comfortable driving yourself home when it’s done.
Despite its name, the lifting effect of a thread lift is not very dramatic.
“It’s important to understand that the initial lifting effect can fade in as little as six months, because the power of the thread is limited,” says Dr. “You can’t make the same vectored lifts with threads that you can with a surgical facelift, and it's unlikely to get improvement that lasts beyond a year,” he says.
In one 2019 study that evaluated 160 thread lift patients, researchers reported that the barbed threads yielded an instantaneous improvement in sagging—but those results were no longer apparent after a year.
It’s crucial to have realistic expectations and understand the procedure’s limitations beforehand.
It may also be referred to as a PDO (which stands for polydioxanone, a dissolvable material also used in sutures) thread lift, or a “sugar lift,” since the threads are made from long chains of a polysaccharide, a sugar.
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We also maintain high standards for how we allow doctors to appear and participate on our platform. A thread lift is a nonsurgical procedure that passes threads underneath the surface of your skin to lift the tissue.
“You should not see or easily feel the threads, if they’re placed in the proper position,” says Dr.
Ho, but you may feel some resistance when moving your face or have a sense of fullness where the threads were placed.