Thread Lift: A less invasive alternative to a traditional facelift 

“Good things come in small packages.” 

With Thread Lift, a youthful appearance is the ‘good thing’ that comes in small packages – such as a ‘thread.’

While it may not be as accurate as the proverb because a thread is more “thin” than small, you get the point. And it is always a ‘good thing’ to have another option for lifting and tightening sagging facial skin without going under the knife. 

But enough about thin and small. Let’s talk non-surgical, less invasive and minimal downtime. Yep, those are what Thread Lift would give you. And since I love to be the bearer of good news (related to health and beauty), I’ll tell you more about this new alternative to traditional facelift on today’s column.  I am also delighted to let my readers know that we offer this service at Image Spa MD. More on that later.

As the name implies, a thread lift is exactly what it sounds like. It is the use of absorbable sutures made from biodegradable polymers frequently used in medical devices to lift and re-contour the mid and lower face. And like it’s “surgical counterpart” we all call, ‘facelift,’ it lifts and firms sagging facial tissues to restore a more naturally youthful facial appearance or as most people say “turning back the clock.” But unlike a traditional facelift, this procedure helps the patient look like a younger and better version of him or herself without surgery and the downtime that inevitably comes with it.

Thread Lift, or more commonly known as non-surgical facelift, helps lift sagging facial skin for a more youthful appearance that can improve the appearance of cheeks, brow, jawline and labial folds through soft tissue manipulation. 

Another good thing about this innovative approach is that it can be performed by many professionals in addition to a plastic surgeon. The procedure involves the insertion of very fine surgical sutures into the soft tissue just beneath the skin. It uses Polydioxanon or commonly known as PDO which has a long safety record in surgery in South Korea and has been use for decades in orthopedic (to treat frozen shoulders, tennis elbow, golfers elbow and etc.), and in cosmetic for skin tightening, skin rejuvenation and face lifting. Best of all, It’s biodegradable. This synthetic polymer is highly versatile and was originally used as a mono- or multi- filament thread. Biodegradation of PDO occurs through a process of hydrolysis over a time period of between six to eight months.

The “threading process” targets the dermis and subcutaneous tissue using different threads for treating different areas. It is also a less expensive alternative to face lifts, takes less time to perform and have a much less recovery time. No incisions are necessary; instead, we insert threads in your skin using a needle and then pull them to tighten your skin.

While it seems that the procedure is not very popular, I would like to note that historically, the earliest reports of surgical facial rejuvenation date back as far as 1911. The use of endoscopic malar and mid-face suspensions were reported in 1998 which paved the way for the future use of thread lifting suture technology as a means of facilitating facial augmentation non-surgically. 

So who is the perfect candidate for this procedure, you ask? Thread Lift is specifically for those people who have not manifested large amount of aging signs like mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, who are usually those in their early thirties to late fifties; not to mention those who prefer the non-surgical and non-invasive route. 

If any of what I have just said sounds appealing to you, you’d be happy to know that our technicians from Image Spa MD are individually trained to perform this procedure and are experts in the thread lifting industry. So be sure to stop by our clinic for a free consultation. 

I hope I’ve shared everything you need to know about this “great thread package” enough for you to consider that this ‘good thing’ could be the ‘best thing’ you can do for your skin. 

Until the next column! Thank you all for reading.


Imee is an established aesthetician, a business owner and a managing partner for Image Spa MD and CEO of Image Body SPA. She has a degree in Biology and Doctor of Dental Medicine. Image Spa is now one of the most reputable medical spa facilities in LA and has branches in Rancho Cucamonga and Encinitas for Image SPA MD and Image Body SPA-West Hollywood. Imee has been in the aesthetics industry for over 20 years.

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