PDO Thread Lift Brisbane

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Ultimate Guide to Thread Lifts


Threadlifts are gaining more popularity – if you’re reading this then chances are you’ve come across the idea and are at least slightly curious. This is a rapidly growing treatment in Australia, becoming more popular each month.


They started out in South Korea (like many cosmetic treatments today) and are spreading like fire. The first threads ever used were permanent; they lasted a really long time but any side effects were also long lasting. Today only biodegradable threads are used – they are the same materials that absorbable surgical sutures (or stitches) are made from.


Even within the cosmetic industry there is a lot of confusion, misinformation and false promises about threads. This guide was put together to clarify what is and isn’t possible with threads, hopefully dispelling some myths.


What does a thread do? What are the benefits of a thread lift?

A threadlift tightens loose or sagging skin. 


What are the types of threads in a thread lift?

There are essentially 2 types of threads – lifting threads or volumizing (smooth) threads. Lifting threads have cogs or barbs along the length of the thread. These attach to soft tissue and allow skin to be physically pulled up. The lifting effect lasts for the life of the thread material.


Volumizing or smooth PDO threads have no cogs or barbs. All those pretty pics on Instagram with dozens of threads poking out represent smooth mono PDO threads. They may be a single strand of PDO thread (mono) or there may be a spiral of strands. There is no physical lift with volumizing threads.


How do threadlifts work?

Both types of thread will stimulate fibroblast cells to produce collagen and elastin, leading to a skin tightening effect. Initially the skin tightening effect is from swelling and acute inflammation - this settles over the next 3-6 weeks. Next activated fibroblasts produce type III collagen around the thread, this is the disorganized collagen found in wounds. Around 6 months in, the collagen starts to transform subtype into the more organized type of collagen.


How long does a thread lift last?

The immediate effects of a thread lift can be quite dramatic – this will settle down by about 20-40% over the next 4 weeks as swelling subsides. PDO threads will dissolve after about 6 months, PLLA threads will last for over 1 year, PCL threads will last for over 2 years. The skin tightening effects of the thread lift will persist long after the initial thread has disappeared.


What are the risks of a thread lift?

  • Common side effects are bruising, discomfort and tenderness over the thread

  • Threads can often cause temporary puckering of the skin which fades over a few days

  • Thread may be visible under the skin, especially with certain expressions, this fades over 6 to 12 weeks

  • Inflammatory nodules may form around the end of the thread – these will fade over 6 to 12 weeks

  • The end of a thread may come loose and project upwards, forming a bump under the skin – this will fade in 6 to 12 weeks


Can you reverse a thread lift?

Heat can be used to dissolve PDO threads if they are causing issues – this can be done via radiofrequency device or HIFU or fractional laser. Some threads can also be unzipped and left to dissolve without causing harm.


Can young people have thread lifts?

Yes it often works a lot better on younger faces due to having thicker skin with more soft tissue.


What is the down time from a thread lift?

Many people will go back to work the next day but everyone will have a different recovery experience – some may feel almost no pain, while others may feel uncomfortable for 2 weeks.


Can you work out after a thread lift?

As long as you don’t move your face muscles excessively it is okay.


Does a thread-lift hurt? Is anaesthetic used?

We use local anaesthetic so having the threads inserted is quite tolerable with minimal pain. The uncomfortable part is having a tender face once the anaesthetic wears off.