Preparing for a thread lift means consideration of aftercare and understanding what to expect in terms of the visual impacts during healing, comfort and recovery times. Here is a quick guide to our thread lift options at ENRICH Clinic, with a rundown on what you can expect during recovery.
Thread lift recovery – the basics
In a thread lift, your specially-trained practitioner threads a special suture with small anchors through the jawline just under the skin. The thread stimulates the production of collagen, while also providing some physical lift to sagging skin around the jowls and cheeks. Over time, the newly-formed collagen provides greater support for facial tissue, while the thread itself disappears, absorbed into the skin.
Your practitioner creates insertion points for the thread in a discreet area, with these small incisions taking a week or two to heal. These incisions heal like a normal cut, with only very minor scarring that will not be visible to the naked eye, placed into natural creases in hidden areas.
After your procedure is complete, there will be a feeling of tightness, some slight swelling, redness, possible bruising and inflammation. You’ve had a foreign substance threaded through your tissue to tighten it, so these feelings are normal. The sensations and swelling will dissipate over the coming week as the tissue heals and acclimates to its new addition.
You’ll see instant results from the physical lift, but there is more to come since collagen takes 2-3 months to generate fully. You can expect a complete recovery from your thread lift in no more than two weeks.
It’s important to get advice from your doctor on what activities to avoid as the tissue heals; for example, we recommend you avoid vigorous exercise and facial massage. Generally, we advise you to take care for a few weeks, but you can resume your regular (non-vigorous) activities straight away. Avoid anything likely to pull or dislodge the threads before they have a chance to embed in your tissue fully.
We suggest if you have a big event planned, book your thread lift well in advance to avoid any crossover during your recovery.
We use a local anaesthetic during the procedure to ensure your comfort. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, with a steady and full recovery expected in healthy people. Only specially trained practitioners can perform this procedure, which at ENRICH Clinic is always an experienced cosmetic doctor.
At ENRICH in Melbourne, we use two thread lift systems:
Silhouette Soft thread lifts
The Silhouette Soft thread lift system uses poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) thread as its main component. PLLA is a well-known polymer with a long history of use in medicine as an absorbable suture in surgery and also as a drug delivery system. Researchers use PLLA in tissue engineering.
The PLLA suture (thread) has moulded cones of poly lactic-co-glycolic acid, a substance developed by scientists working on reconstructive and cosmetic surgical innovations.
The suture acts as scaffolding beneath the skin’s surface, lifting sagging soft tissue. Soft tissue includes skin, but also muscle, tendons and fat. The cones stabilise the threads in place, which over time stimulates a natural response in the tissue of collagen production. This collagen replaces depleted facial volume, which naturally decreases with age, and contributes to the appearance of ageing in the face.
Silhouette Soft offers:
- Immediate lift
- Progressive stimulation of collagen
- Suture absorbs into tissue, disappearing eventually
- Minimally invasive
- Natural-looking results
- Minimal recovery time
- No downtime
MINT PDO Thread Lift recovery
MINT PDO is an absorbable, biocompatible suture made from polydioxanone (PDO). PDO is used in many types of surgery, particularly orthopaedic and cardiovascular.
The MINT PDO system works by pulling sagging tissue and skin into position, while the bidirectional and spiral barbs anchor onto tissue, bringing skin into the desired position. The aesthetic impacts can be remarkable, but the procedure is deceptively simple.
There is minimal pain and a rapid recovery from MINT PDO thread lifts. As with all thread lifts, the incisions are tiny, fade quickly and are invisible to observers.
MINT PDO offers:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Instant rejuvenating and contouring
- Instant lift
- Best results are seen after 2-3 months
- Completely dissolved sutures after 6-8 months
- Results last for a further 3-6 months
- Improvement in the appearance of skin texture, fine lines and elasticity
- Compatible with dermal fillers
Which product is best?
There is no need for you to worry too much about product options, as your doctor will decide which is the best based on your individual circumstances. Most sutures are more or less the same at their core, with minor differences in the size and shape of the barbs and the manufacturing materials.
What to do next
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