The procedure is FDA approved and is very safe. However, it is minimally invasive and as such carries certain side effects and risks:
Common – Swelling, bruising, discomfort, pain or a feeling of pulling or tightness.
Common – Short term dimpling of the skin.
Rare – Scarring, bleeding, infection, numbness (usually temporary if at all).
The procedure takes around 30-45 minutes.
It is pain-free as anaesthetic cream and injections are done to make the procedure very comfortable.
Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week prior to the procedure and have no big social events for at least 2-3 weeks afterwards.
We would advise booking 1-2 days off work following the procedure and if you are prone to bruising take arnica tablets for a week beforehand.
The treatment is only undertaken by our registered plastic surgeon Ms Aoife Turner, who has vast experience in not only the non surgical treatments but also facelift surgery.
This expertise and anatomical knowledge is essential in assessing who will be a good candidate for these thread lifts but also performing the treatment itself.
The treatment is only done at our Harley Street Clinic, which is CQC registered for thread lifting.
It is not recommended for everyone and patients need to be assessed first to determine whether they will benefit from the treatment and whether it is suitable.
Typically it is recommended for men and women over the age of 40 who have areas of natural sagging and descent of the facial skin structures that naturally occurs with age.
Expectations have to be realistic as this is still a minimally invasive procedure and in no way designed to replicate a surgical facelift. However, the aim is to give a natural well lifted result for patients where surgery is just not an option or are not quite ready for it.
The commonest sites for treatment is the jowls and upper cheek. These give the most consistent results that also compliment BOTOX® and dermal fillers.
It can also be used to elevate the eyebrow and eyelid positions if they are heavy looking as well as the neck and jawline in some patients
Both PDO and Silhouette Soft threads are composed of 100% biocompatible, natural materials and FDA approved
PDO thread lifts get their name from the polydioxanone material that they are made of. typically dissolve in the body within six months.
Silhouette Soft, on the other hand, utilises threads composed of poly-l-lactic acid, or PLLA. PLLA threads demonstrate greater longevity than PDO threads and typically last up to twelve months before dissolving.
Both have effects that will last up to 2 years.
The choice of use for either one depends on the areas that are wanting to be treated. Both are good options. However, the result is more dependent on the positioning of the threads correctly and a proper assessment at the beginning.
Apply SPF30 and gently wash the treated areas on the same day but do not rub or massage the face for 2 weeks.
A stinging or “pulling” pain or discomfort is normal.
Arnica cream can be used for any bruising and cold compress for any swelling.
For 2 weeks post treatment, do not undergo any dental surgery.
Avoid facial and beauty treatments and all contact sports for the first few weeks.
Soreness, particularly in or near the hairline or jaw line, can occur and can last up to 2 weeks and you can feel the pulling effect of the thread for a few weeks also
The procedure can range from anywhere from £800-£2,400 depending on how many threads are needed.
Most people typically need a 2-3 per side of the face so £1,400-£1,800 is an average cost