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Understanding Thread Lifting

Posted by Dr Hugo Ho on 13 May 2020
Understanding Thread Lifting

Thread lifting has been around for over 20 years, but has just began to gain recognition in the cosmetic industry. 

Understanding thread lifting treatment can be complicated, as there are different types of threads at different prices and they are not all equal.

There are 3 main characteristics for threads:

ABSORPTION
When a thread is "absorbable" it means that over time the thread will break down and be absorbed into the body.  All thread materials have traditionally been used as surgical stitches.

Aptos threads are made from PLLA (Poly L Lactic Acid) and PCL (Polycaprolactone), which dissolves in 18-24 months after the treatment.

Silhouette Soft threads use PLLA only and lasts around 12 months.

MINT threads and Korean threads use PDO (Polydioxanone) and are absorbed in 3-6 months after treatment.

NEOCOLLAGENESIS
Because the threads stimulate collagen production, choosing a thread with a longer lifetime can be beneficial.  However, the ability to stimulate collagen production also differs.

PLLA materials can stimulate a lot of collagen but only a small amount of elastin. Collagen gives the skin it's structural support and elastin gives the skin its elasticity and firmness.

PCL can stimulate a wider area of rejuvenation and produce the most amount of elastin.

PDO causes a minimal inflammation that gives the skin a short term firmer look but can stimulate only a small amount of collagen.

SURFACE TEXTURE
The texture of threads is really important to get effective results.

Multiple barbs on the thread unite in number, e.g. Aptos thread has 4 barbs per 1 cm of thread, to make sure the thread fixes to the tissue and doesn't move. Barbs also cause small abrasions in the tissues, stimulating the skin to produce collagen. Barbs can be arranged in one direction (uni-directional), 2 directions (bi-directional) or faces each other unpairs in multiple directions (multi-directional). Instead of barbs,

Silhouette Soft threads have a knots and cones system. The claim that these can provide a stronger hold on the tissue has not been proven.

Smooth threads are used in regions with thin tissue such as, around the eyes where you don't want the skin to scrunch up on the surface. Some threads are wound spirally into coil springs or braided and give a different structure and effect to the skin.

Although Aptos thread stands out as the better absorbable anti-aging thread. The threads used for treatment will be determined by individual preference, location of procedure and desired length of effect and affordability.
Dr Hugo HoAuthor: Dr Hugo Ho
About: Dr Ho is Specialist General Practitioner and a Cosmetic Physician. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner. He has been practicing as a General Practitioner for over 25 years. In 2009, he furthered his studies in Aesthetic Medicine and was awarded the Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. In 2015, he was admitted to the Cosmetic Physicians’ College of Australasia as an Inaugural Full Member.
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