Fine Thread Lifting
Fine thread lifting (FTL) is a revolutionary technique making use of PDO biodegradable threads to combine the benefits of the permanent thread lift technique with that of superficial contour threads to minimise the side effects of older techniques.
As well as using specifically designed fine contour threads for reducing puffiness and fine lines around the eyes, FTL can be used on:
- The nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
History and innovation of Thread Lift treatment
Thread contouring using permanent threads has been widely available for over 10 years. Most threads used up to this point have been permanent, resulting in visible asymmetry and complications. Old thread treatments failed to gain popularity due to their invasive and uncomfortable nature.
The PDO (polydioxanone) thread lifting technique we use is a relatively new method of body, neck and face contouring. 2011 saw it gain FDA approval for indications of collagen regeneration and rejuvenation, as well as for lipolysis. Doctors have been using PDO threads for closing wounds around the world for over 15 years. PDO threads are safer and cause significantly less discomfort and down time due to having a less invasive insertion technique.
PDO threads are completely biodegradable over a 6-8 month period, leaving only new bands of collagen to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin.
Innovative new cog and screw threads provide a far superior anchoring and lifting of sagging connective tissue and sub-dermal fat tissue. To produce a greater inflammatory effect to stimulate collagen production, threads are doubled or tripled. A minimal number of insertion points are used to access the whole face and neck, giving fantastic visual improvement without the risks of traditional cosmetic surgery.
How does Thread Lift treatment work?
Performed under local anaesthetic, the procedure takes between 45 minutes for one area to 90 minutes for the full face. To minimise the risk of bruising, the threads are positioned by using a blunt cannula. For a full-face procedure, you can expect some discomfort and swelling; we advise you to take 5 days away from social engagements. Whilst you will be able to drive yourself home, it’s preferable to have someone to drive you instead. If you’re having a local procedure, the downtime is minimal.
A full medical history will be taken at the time of assessment, as some patients should not have this treatment:
- Serious heart problems
- Auto-immune conditions
- Kidney disorders
- Bleeding disorders
You will see an improvement immediately in the treated areas. This will improve even further over the next 3-4 months as new collagen settles between the threads, contributing to increased lifting and tightening of the skin.
Studies have shown that the results from FTL last between 2 and 3 years, however this depends on the quality of the skin, the number of threads used, the degree of sagging and the patient’s age at the time of treatment. Having occasional additional thread treatments will help you to maintain good results.
PDO Fine Thread Rejuvenation Therapy (Contour Threads)
Fine thread therapy combines traditional thread lift principles of inflammatory response and new collagen formation of western medicine with principles of needle rotation and mechano-transduction of acupuncture. The fine threads used are made of PDO (polydioxanone), and are a lot finer than cog threads at 0.05-0.4mm in diameter.
The threads are placed in the subcutaneous layer, activating a natural wound healing effect and resulting in:
- Increased collagen formation
- Tissue adhesion
- Increased anchoring around the PDO threads
- Increase in fat breakdown
- Decrease in cellulite
- Tighter, lifted skin
- Reduced pore size
- Reduction of fat in the double chin and neck areas
This popular treatment is used to address:
- Loose, saggy skin around the neck
- Crow’s feet lines
- Frown lines
- It produces an excellent eyebrow lift, along with lifting and tightening the jawline.
5 Cog Facelift
This revolutionary technique combines strong, anchoring threads for lifting the skin, along with fine superficial contouring threads for surface rejuvenation. We strategically place five long cog threads in the deep layers of the skin of the cheek in order to lift:
- The jowls
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
We can also use cog threads to lift the neck, eyebrows and forehead. The end result is excellently efficient lifting and tightening of the skin, redefining facial contours and inducing collagen production.
The threads will completely biodegrade between 6-8 months, with the effects lasting between 2-3 years.
At the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, you’ll have a thorough consultation, assessing your suitability to the procedure and a detailed explanation of what to expect from the procedure. All thread lift treatments are carried out by experienced dermatological surgeons.
PDO Fine Thread Lift
5 Cog Facelift
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Why choose Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
Here at Kent's leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.