Face Thread Lift: Types, Treatment & Expectations

Face Thread Lift Procedure

Signs of ageing become evident on the face by the time we reach 25. You may notice your skin begin to droop along your jowls and wrinkles to develop in certain areas on the face. It is a relief to a lot of people that cosmetic treatments have levelled up in recent years and opened other alternatives for facelift treatments aside from the dreaded surgery.

One of the treatments that have gained a fast following from beauty enthusiasts is face thread lift. 

What is a face thread lift?

A face thread lift is a non-surgical procedure performed in aesthetics clinics like Cambridge Medical. It is performed with the use of threads that are inserted into the deep layers of the skin in order to stretch it, resulting in a noticeable “lift” in the skin. The threads are either made of Polycaprolactone (PCL), Polydoxianone (PDO), or Poly L Lactic Acid (PLLA) material, which are all safe, biocompatible, and biodegradable when injected into the skin.

What are the parts of the face that can be treated with face thread lift?

Thread lift areas of the face

A face thread lift can be used to treat the following areas of the face:

  • Cheeks
  • Eyebrows
  • Jawline
  • Jowls
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Naso jugal folds
  • Neck
  • Undereye area
  • Wrinkles around the eyes (Crow’s Feet)
  • Wrinkles around the mouth

What are the different types of materials used to comprise facelift threads?

There are three types of materials that threads are made of. These are the Polycaprolactone (PCL), Polydoxianone (PDO), and Poly L Lactic Acid (PLLA) threads. Each thread has different firmness, flexibility, longevity, and strength. When it comes to longevity, PCL threads can last up to 24 to 36 months, while PDO threads last up to 6 to 9 months and PLLA 12 to 18 months. 

What can I expect after a face thread lift procedure?

Immediately after a face thread lift procedure, you will see the lifting effect on your skin. Your face may feel tightness as the threads pull your skin beneath to ease out wrinkles and fine lines. A week after your procedure, your skin should feel and look more natural. Your skin will also continue to improve as the threads inserted will cause collagen production. In a span of 1 to 2 months, your face will look more rejuvenated and youthful.

Aside from lifting the skin, what are the other benefits of face thread lift?

Aside from lifting, face thread lift also improves the skin by promoting collagen production, which results in improved skin elasticity. This also helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

Are there risks and side effects involved in getting a face thread lift procedure?

A major risk in getting a face thread lift procedure is getting a doctor that is not skilled in performing the procedure. Other risks and side effects can be any of the following:

  • Bruising
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Mild pain
  • Mild swelling
  • Puckering or rippling of the skin
  • Soreness
  • Thread extrusion
  • Thread migration

Serious side effects, although rare, can also happen. These can be in the form of nerve damage, Granuloma, infection, and damage of salivary gland. 

Are the results of a face thread lift procedure permanent?

Beautiful woman looking at the mirror

No, the results are temporary. The longevity of the results will depend on the threads used on your skin. 

How long is the downtime for a face thread lift procedure?

About 1 to 3 days downtime is needed for the face to heal properly in cases of bruising and mild swelling occurrence. 

What should be done prior to a face thread lift procedure?

The following should be done prior to a face thread lift procedure:

  • Doctor’s consultation
  • Intake of possible prescribed medications, such as oral antibiotics
  • Stop intake of blood-thinning medications or vitamins, such as Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamins A, C, and E.

What should be done for aftercare?

The following should be done for face thread lift aftercare:

  • Avoid alcohol consumption for 7 days
  • Avoid anticoagulant medicines for 7 days
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications or vitamins (Vitamins A, C, and E) for 7 days
  • Avoid facial treatments for 6 months, especially laser and other heat-generating devices used for facials.
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures
  • Avoid using makeup within 24-hours following a face thread lift procedure
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF30+ on the face
  • Do not open the mouth widely for a month. Skip any dental procedure following a face thread lift procedure
  • Sleep flat on your back, especially for procedures done on the jawlines and neck to avoid thread migration or extrusion
  • Request for pain control medication from your doctor if needed 
  • Wash the face gently for 2 weeks

Is this procedure suited for anyone?

As long as the patient is willing to undergo injections, then yes. This procedure is safe for men and women. 

Can the procedure be repeated more than once?

Yes, the procedure can be repeated in an interval of 6 to 9 months to get optimum and long-lasting results.

I hope you've found this article useful and if you're interested in this procedure, I suggest you schedule a one-on-one consultation with a well-reviewed and reputable clinic like Cambridge Medical Group. For your convenience, I'll leave their contact information below.

Address: 391B Orchard Road, #08-05A1, Tower B, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874

Phone: +65 6733 0777