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Is Thread Lift Worth it?

11 Thread Lift FAQs answered

The thread lift treatment is a procedure that we answer questions about on an almost daily basis here at our St Albans skin clinic. If one of our practitioners isn’t performing the thread lift treatment, then one of our team are probably talking about it!

If you’re considering this skin tightening treatment, one of these questions has probably crossed your mind, as it has so many of our clients. So on to the matter in hand…

Why thread lift?

The tread lift treatment is a non-surgical cosmetic option for those who do not want or need surgical skin tightening, such as a face lift. It is often an ideal treatment choice for those who wish to lift and/or rejuvenate the tissue on the body, neck or face. 

Some of the areas most requested to be treated by the thread lift are the jawline; neck and chin area; nasolabial lines; marionettes; thigh and knee area; inner arms; and stomach. 

Are thread lift results immediate?

Not all PDO thread treatments offer an immediate result as some are not designed to lift the skin (see more about this in our ultimate guide to the threads). However, if you are having the ‘thread lift’ where the PDO threads used are for lifting the skin then you will see an immediate result. In fact, your practitioner may even treat one side of your face and show you the result on that first side before going on the treat the other side. 

Although there is usually an immediate result from this treatment, you final result is expected a few months down the line after the threads have triggered your skin to produce beautiful new collagen and hyaluronic acid which further firms and smooths the treated area. 

Is thread lift safe?

Yes. In the UK, the tread lift treatment is only permitted to be performed in CQC registered practices. This means that the practitioners that treat you have the right competence, skills, experience and qualifications to keep you safe and the premise you have your treatment in and any equipment used during your treatment is clean and maintained properly. If you’re unsure that your chosen practice is CQC registered, it is public information that you’ll be able to research on the CQC site or ask just the clinic if you can see their certificate whilst you’re there. 

The PDO threads that are used during the Thread Lift treatment are very safe. So safe in fact, they are made of the same complex carbohydrates that are used routinely in heart surgery.  They are safely reabsorbed by the body over time.

What’s thread lift?

A non-surgical treatment that is designed to lift and regenerate the treated tissue in both men and women. A medical practitioner will place multiple PDO threads strategically into your area of concern and then gently tightened to enable the lifting of your skin. 

This should not be an uncomfortable treatment. At our St Albans skin clinic the treated area is numbed so that you can relax throughout the treatment. Of course, I had this treatment about three years ago now at our Clinic and my experience was comfortable. All I could feel was some pressure and movement in the area that was being treated, at the time that the threads were being placed. I can honestly say that I experienced no pain at all. 

How long will thread lift last?

This is a little bit of a ‘how long’s a piece of string?’ question in that it does depend on the metabolism of the individual being treated. This is the same for Botox and dermal filler treatment results also; there is a general guide, but it will vary slightly from person to person.

In the main, our thread lift clients start to consider having the treatment again around 18 months later. Unlike surgical alternatives however, you can walk away from this non-surgical face lift should you wish; you do not need to keep having it done. The results of your treatment become less obvious extremely gradually, over time. You will not wake up one day to find that your skin has dropped. You will still have the benefit of the new collagen and hyaluronic acid that your skin produced from the thread lift however, which is a nice legacy. 

Do thread lifts really work?

Yes, they do. That’s why practitioners often show the first side of your face when they’ve finished treating it, so that you can see the difference. It’s also common practice for practitioners to take ‘before’ photos of you so that when they review you, you can remember what you looked like prior; we’ve had some clients who had gotten so used to their new look that they were shocked when we compared their ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos with them at their review appointment. 

If someone is expecting the same results as a surgical facelift, they will not get this kind of result. The thread lift treatment is not a surgical procedure where skin is cut away. 

Have a look at our thread lift for jowls before and after photos below to get a better understanding of what this skin treatment can do.

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How long after thread lift can I exercise?

Post treatment you may experience some mild swelling in the treated tissue and some tenderness, which usually resolves itself within a few days and is very manageable with over-the-counter pain relief. 

With the above in mind, you can resume gentle exercise, such as walking, immediately if you so choose. Whilst the threads are settling, we usually ask clients to wait around ten days to do any core work or weightlifting so that they do not strain the area-you’d be surprised how much we can accidently strain even our necks when doing some exercises! 

Your practitioner should give you full aftercare instructions so that you are clear in what to expect.

Thread lift for marionette lines?

Yes, this treatment can smooth and soften the appearance of those lines. You can see this in the thread lift for jowls before and after photos above.

Thread lift for double chin?

Yes, the thread lift can be used to lift skin in the double chin area that has become slack; tightening it can make this look smaller and can help to redefine and sharpen your jawline.

If the double chin appearance is just because of pockets of fat rather than loose skin, it may beneficial to consider an alternative treatment such as Desoface to help improve this area. 

As with all skin concerns and treatment options, these should always be discussed during a consultation prior to any treatment so that you can fully consider your choices.

How much does thread lift cost?

As with most services, this will depend on where you go for your treatment and how many individual threads you require. 

At the Skin to Love skin-clinic Hertfordshire, the average client’s treatment will cost £800 to £1,800; the price varies according to the number of threads required to help improve your concern. This will be discussed upon assessment. 

Is thread lift worth it?

Naturally, this is a very personal choice. If you are looking for the very dramatic results which surgery can often achieve then this may not be right for you. Equally, if your skin laxity is particularly advanced that you may be a better candidate for surgical intervention. This would be determined during your assessment.

However, some people do not want surgery and the risks that general anaesthetic run so may prefer to go down the non-surgical route; if you have advanced skin laxity then your practitioner should be able to give you an idea of what can be achieved with this treatment and how many threads they would recommend having. 

This skin treatment is absolutely worth exploring if you want a more natural looking result than surgery that makes people say ‘you’re looking well’ and makes you feel refreshed and less tired looking. And who wouldn’t love a sharper, redefined jawline whilst we’re at it? Again, have a look at our thread lift before and after photos above to see what I mean about looking refreshed- they say a picture paints a thousand words don’t they!

If you’ve any further questions specifically about your skin concerns and if the thread lift may help you, please do contact our friendly team, we’d love to tell you more.

Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.

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