Can you reverse a thread lift? Plus answers to 6 other questions about non-surgical facelifts
At Kalos Medical Spa in Fort Worth, Texas, we understand the importance of choosing the right treatment to meet your goals. Thread lifts have been in use for over 30 years, however technological advances have allowed significant improvement in the latest generation of threads. PDO Max threads are FDA-approved, stronger than previous brands, used multi-dimensionally and eventually dissolve, limiting long-term concerns that previously plagued thread lifts. PDO Max threads allow lift and reposition tissues to reshape the face. With an experienced provider, this procedure is both safe and effective for reversing signs of aging in the face. Today, we are answering common thread lift questions to help you understand what to expect from this procedure and whether it may be an appropriate option for you.
What is the best age for a thread lift?
A good thread lift candidate is typically between the ages of 30 and 65: the procedure is designed to treat mild-to-moderate drooping in the mid-to-lower face, an issue that often concerns patients in this age group. However, the aging process is unique to each patient, so our experienced providers will recommend a procedure based on the quality of your skin and the amount of relaxation you hope to correct. For example, a patient inquiring about thread lifts may be better served by Botox® injections if expression-based wrinkles are a primary concern; dermal fillers if volume loss is apparent; or facelift surgery if sagging is too great to be corrected with a thread lift.
The thread lift procedure is designed to treat mild-to-moderate drooping in the mid-to-lower face.
Will I feel threads in my face?
Ensuring you will not feel facial lifting threads post-procedure requires good technique and judgment on the part of your provider. They must insert the threads at a level that provides effective results, without being so close to the surface of your skin that they are detectable.
Your threads may be slightly palpable at first, but, correctly administered, they should quickly become a natural-feeling part of your facial tissue. At Kalos Medical Spa, our medical providers use dissolvable threads composed of polydioxanone, or “PDO,” which is safely absorbed by the body following treatment.
You may also experience minor bruising and swelling where you have threads placed, which can temporarily make them feel more noticeable to you. These symptoms should resolve within a few weeks.
Can I smile after a thread lift?
Yes, you can smile after a thread lift. Facial expressions that tightly stretch your skin, however, may dislodge the cones that keep the threads in place to lift the skin. For 1-2 weeks, it is best to keep your facial expressions soft and take smaller bites of food to support the integrity of the thread placement and minimize discomfort. Also avoid rubbing, pressing, or massaging the skin during the initial healing process. Use gentle patting motions to wash your face and apply skincare.
How do I sleep after a thread lift?
Lying on your side or stomach may put pressure on healing facial tissues, so it is best to sleep on your back, with your head somewhat elevated, until fully healed. If you are not already a back sleeper, you may need some practice, but there are ways to make this transition more comfortable. Try using a different pillow (you may need a less firm pillow under your head) or adding pillows alongside your body (to prevent you from turning to the right or left). Putting pillows under your knees also helps to reduce strain on your back when you are propped up. Start practicing a few weeks before your thread lift: you will be less likely to revert back to your normal sleeping position during recovery, and more likely to sleep well, if you have given yourself time to get used to sleeping on your back.
Can thread lift threads break?
Yes, threads may break if they are put under too much tension, usually due to excessive facial movements or pressure on the skin. Though unlikely, broken threads pose no danger and are easily managed by your provider. Breakage and other minor complications occur after only a small fraction of thread lift procedures.
Can you reverse a thread lift?
A thread lift may be reversed by removing the threads before they dissolve by creating a small incision and pulling them out. It is rare that this is necessary, and should only be performed by an experienced professional. Kalos Medical Spa uses dissolvable PDO threads that the body safely absorbs in about 6 months. An experienced provider will be able to assess any irregularities, like dimpling or indentation, and determine if they will resolve on their own or if steps should be taken to reverse the lift.
Kalos Medical Spa uses dissolvable PDO threads that the body safely absorbs in about 6 months.
How does a thread lift compare to other treatments?
Like a thread lift, Botox can also contribute to a smoother appearance without downtime. Botox targets expression based wrinkles such as horizontal forehead lines and the “11s” between the eyebrows.
Dermal fillers provide a visible lift by adding volume under the skin, while a thread lift manually raises the skin and holds it in a different position. Both treatments can help increase collagen production, which improves the structure and texture of skin.
Either of the above non-surgical options are excellent complements to a thread lift and may be performed in conjunction with each other to achieve more ideal results. We offer a full range of injectables at our Fort Worth medical spa to meet your individual needs.
Schedule your consultation at Kalos Medical Spa in Fort Worth
Choosing an experienced provider is key to achieving the best thread lift results. Our team is led by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Emily J. Kirby, making Kalos a highly trusted medical spa option in Fort Worth, TX. Our medical aesthetic specialists include national trainers for a variety of non-surgical procedures. They are ready to meet with you to discuss your goals, answer any questions, and determine if a thread lift is right for you. Call or text our office at (817) 292-4200 or contact us online.