Detailed Threads overview

Thread lift face lift

There are 4 types/categories of threads:

  • SUSPENSION SUTURES - Lifting, tightening & re-draping
  • BARBED THREADS & ANCHOR THREADS - lifting and tightening
  • MONOFILAMENTS - strengthening & improving general skin condition
  • SPECIALTY THREADS - area & function-specific threads

1) Suspension Sutures

These include threads such as:

  • Silhouettes (Genop)
  • Anchor DX (Tasosol)

What do they look like?

Silhouette

Silhouette soft thread face lift

Anchor DX

Anchor Thread lift face lift

What are they made from?

  • Silhouettes: Poly-L-lactic / glycolic acid (PLLA and PLGA); as they dissolve in the skin, the cones have a bio-stimulatory effect on the skin, producing long-term natural collagen production and gradual skin tightening benefits.
  • Anchor DX: PDO Polydioxanone & PCL Polycaprolactone

How long do they last?

Approximately 12 to 18 months (ie the threads dissolve), however their effects will last at least 6-12 monthsafter the threads have dissolved.

What do they do?

These threads are used for LIFTING, Tightening and re-draping the skin - think of it as a very subtle “facelift”, but without going under the knife (ie. no general anaesthetic, no cutting, no stitches, no removal of valuable skin tissue).


2) Barbed Threads & Anchor Threads

What do they look like?

Anchor Threads

Anchor Thread lift face wrinkles


The NEW Anchor MAX Thread

Anchor MAX Thread lift face lift

Anchor MAX is a newly developed long lasting PDO and PCL thread which is produced by a PRESS SCULPTING METHOD without any heat treatment. These threads are nearly three times the strength of a regular anchor thread and they last nearly three as long (ie 12-18 months).

Barbed Threads

Barbed thread lift face lift

What are they made from?

PDO Polydioxanone & PCL Polycaprolactone

How long do they last?

Approximately 3 to 6 months (ie the threads dissolve), however their effects will last at least up to 3 months after the threads have dissolved. Three to four repeat treatments are necessary every 4 months to get maximum results.

What do they do?

These threads are used for LIFTING and tightening the skin. These threads are for targeting particular areas where sagging has started to occur (eg Jowls that have started to show signs of sagging). Anchor threads are much thicker and stronger than barbed threads. Anchor threads are press sculpted, whilst the thinner barbed threads are cut into the thread (creating barbs) which have much less tensile strength. The Anchor threads grip and lift more than what barbed threads do, so barbed threads are usually selected for thinner, lighter, milder sagging, while anchors are chosen for more severe sagging.


3) Monofilaments

What do they look like?

Monofilament Threads


Monofilament thread lift face lift

What are they made from?

PDO Polydioxanone

How long do they last?

Approximately 3 to 6 months (ie the threads dissolve), however their effects will last at least up to 3 months after the threads have dissolved. Three to four repeat treatments are necessary every 4 months to get maximum results.

What do they do?

These threads are used for strengthening the skin (ie they do NOT lift or tighten). These threads are for targeting particular areas where the skin is thinning and weakening. They can also be used to stimulate circulation and collagen production in areas where the skin has started showing the signs of ageing. They can also reduce a mild fat pocket e.g. mild foible chin after 3 to 4 treatments. Essentially, they dramatically improve the skin’s condition, but they are not indicated for severe sagging, or areas that require a lot of lifting and tightening. 


4) Specialty Threads

These specialised PDO threads include:

  • Broom threads and Peako threads (commonly used for “non-surgical nose jobs”).
  • Spring threads, Screw threads and Spiral threads (commonly inserted into areas where the skin needs strengthening, but the area is quite active in terms of movement, so a straight monofilament may not be the best choice for such an area).

WHAT TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN CONSIDERING THREADS or THREADLIFT TREATMENTS:

  1. Not all threads are equal - it is vital to choose the correct type of thread for the condition/concern you are trying to treat. EG You cannot use a monofilament thread and expect the skin to lift, if you want lifting, you need suspension sutures or possibly anchors or barbed threads
  2. The better prepared the skin is with treatments that encourage collagen and elastin production, the better your thread lift result will be
  3. NOT all conditions can be treated with threads, if the sagging is too severe and there has been too much volume loss in the skin, then threads are NOT the answer, you will most likely require a combination of treatments, filler and threads - 1) Treatments to prep the skin and encourage increased skin cell turnover, increased collagen and elastin production and increased healing, 2) Filler - to put back lost volume, and 3) Threads for the lifting, firming and strengthening.
  4. Also bear in mind, that you do not have to do all the threads you need in one treatment. The upside of having threads is that you can keep adding more threads as needed over time. It is absolutely possible to insert multiple threads over 3-4 appointments should you wish to do so.


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