Q: Is a thread lift painful?
A: Thread lift is done under local anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, once the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some mild pain and discomfort within the first 24-48 hours that will gradually diminish each day thereafter. Normal activities can be resumed as tolerated.
Q: How do you sleep after a thread lift?
A: Sleeping on your side, or even on your stomach, puts pressure on your face. You should avoid this for about a week following your thread lift procedure. To reduce swelling after a thread lift, try sleeping on your back with your head propped up on a pillow.
Q: What should you not do after a thread lift?
A: There are a few things you should avoid after your thread lift to get the best results. These are:
- Sleeping on your stomach or side
- Wearing makeup
- Consuming alcohol
- Making extreme facial expressions
- Receiving facials and facial massages
- Vigorous exercise
- Rubbing your face
Q: Can a thread lift be reversed?
A: Thread lifts are a safer alternative because they are completely reversible and dissolvable. The results of your thread lift are immediately visible and will continue to improve over the next 6 months as they induce collagen production.
Q: How many times can you have a thread lift?
A: To maintain your results, get a thread lift every 18 months or so. Your skin begins to produce more of its own natural collagen around the cones as the threads gradually dissolve. This increase in collagen helps to maintain the lifted appearance even after the threads are removed.
Q: How long does a thread lift last?
A: Thread lift results usually last between nine and twelve months, depending on your body's ability to process and eliminate the absorbable PDO sutures. Some patients experience results that last for more than a year, though this is uncommon.
Q: Is a thread lift better than fillers?
A: Both fillers and thread lifts are minimally invasive procedures to manage your skin problems. While they both carry their own pros and cons, it depends on the condition of your skin for selecting the procedure. For example, there are some areas like the neck and jawline where dermal fillers are not appropriate but PDO thread lift is the ideal solution for sagging skin.
Q: Who can perform thread lifts?
A: PDO threads should only be used by a medical professional who has been specifically trained in thread lifting techniques, such as a cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist.