Threads Treatment Videos

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

Anchor DX

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 MAX Thread

Anchor MAX is a newly developed long-lasting PDO and PCL thread that 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

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 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


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 to lift, 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

The number of threads needed would be determined by what the patient wants to achieve and on the recommendation by the prescribing Doctor. Because there are a variety of threads available, all with different strengths and functions, it may be that you would need a combination of different types of threads, depending on the severity of the sagging & lifting needed. Generally, our Doctors would use filler for the marionette lines and for the neck, our Doctors would consider maybe a combination of Botox and threads and treatment that would strengthen, tighten and lift the skin long-term. Under the chin, depending on what is causing the "wattle", if it is a fat pad, then there are options of lipolytic injections that could help with this. If it is sagging skin, then it would be advisable to consider skin tightening procedures such as Titan, Radiofrequency or ND:Yag Skin Tightening.

Threads are a unique way of regenerating, lifting and tightening the skin on the face as well as the body. Common treatment areas include the forehead, cheeks and jowls and the neck area. On the body, we can successfully improve the appearance of cellulite and loose skin on the abdomen and upper thighs and upper arms (commonly known as batwing arms).

It is essential to know that we offer 2 types of threads at our clinics, PDO threads and Silhouette Soft® threads. Embedded PDO threading is a treatment that involves the use of different length sutures that are specially placed in the hypodermis of the skin, providing lifting and smoothing effect. The various thread lengths give the Skin Renewal doctor a wide range of treatment options. The threads dissolve naturally over months while synthesising new collagen production in the treated area.
This treatment allows the skin of the face or body to present smoother and firmer. The PDO threading treatment is well tolerated by patients as only local anaesthetic is required. Upon consultation, the doctor will analyse the area and recommend the right number of threads necessary to get the desired results.

The Silhouette Soft® threads or the newly developed Anchor Max threads are fantastic alternatives to a surgical face-lift as they not only lift your skin but also improve the quality of your skin. It is totally safe, and one can get back to resume your daily activities right after the procedure. The components of the thread are totally re-absorbable in 9-18 months.

Your first step is to book an appointment with one of our doctors, so they can analyse the area and make their recommendations. In this consultation, all our treatment options, expectations, budget and home care will be discussed.

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