Thread Lifts: The Non-Surgical Anti-Ageing Treatment Gaining Popularity
The latest skin-rejuvenating treatment that’s overcoming Botox and fillers, explained by an expert.

Sanja Maria, Registered Nurse and owner of Face by SM

Meet Sanja Maria, Registered Nurse and owner of Face by SM, who specialises in the art of non-surgical facial rejuvenation. With over fifteen years of experience, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and diplomas in both Beauty Therapy and Special Effects Makeup, Sanja brings a deep understanding of facial anatomy to her work at Face by SM.

Her aesthetic sensibility allows for a more holistic and minimalist approach to cosmetic enhancement, focusing on highlighting natural beauty using injectable techniques and pairing artistic flair with incredible precision. Sanja always knew that she wanted to use her expertise and imagination to impart confidence to her clients.

Sanja’s vision for Face by SM has created a warm and open environment that enables clients to feel comfortable to create a customised treatment plan. The results are elegant, understated, and incredibly youthful.

We thought, who better than Sanja to discuss all the up-and-coming beauty treatments? Threading, also known as thread lifts or suture lifts, may have been in the industry for a while, but it’s now that it’s having its sweet momentum. This procedure involves injecting threads underneath the skin, where the thread’s ‘barbs’ pull the skin to make it look tauter (and therefore more youthful!).

If you ever wonder what the celebs are doing to look that flawless, you might want to keep reading!

What are thread lifts/suture lifts? 

Mono threads are made from a material called Polydioxanone, which is an absorbable polymer that is flexible and durable. Matrix PDO Threads induce the production of collagen, creating a tightening effect. The threads become a support structure for your face, allowing natural collagen production to take place, and over time the PDO will be fully absorbed by the body. 

Why is this procedure becoming so popular?  

Patients love the idea of being able to tighten the skin effectively and almost instantly – creating a 'snatched' appearance/effect – without having to book in a surgical procedure or overcompensate skin laxity by over-filling the face. 

What are the different ways threading can be used? 

There are a couple of options for threading:

Deep plane threads help to lift and tighten deeper layers within the face, while the more skin-tightening option uses mono matrix that are administered in the more superficial layers of skin to just tighten laxness of skin.

It can be used across the following areas of concern: 

  • Horizontal and vertical forehead wrinkles, forehead lifting
  • Sagging eyebrows
  • Sagging cheeks and area under the lower jaw
  • Skin furrows and wrinkles on the neck and cleavage
  • Breast firming and shaping 
  • Flaccid tissues and stretch marks on the buttocks, belly, arms, and legs 

Is there anything people should be aware of before the treatment?

After numbing is applied, the threads are placed carefully under the skin to create a subtle natural pull that makes the skin appear lifted and more youthful. The threads are left in place, creating a gentle lift that continues to improve as they settle into the skin over the coming weeks. You may feel pressure and the threads may sting for a few moments.

Can people return to their daily life right after the treatment? 

For the most part, most patients can return to work and be within a social manner. Some may experience bruising and mild swelling, although the severity will vary from patient to patient. However, we do recommend most patients minimise strenuous exercise or infrared saunas post treatment.

Would you recommend complementing threading with another treatment?

I generally recommend patients to have a HIFU treatment to help tighten the deeper layers of their face, followed by threads 4-6 weeks after.

Is threading a one-time treatment, or how often should a person repeat this procedure to make the most out of it?

We recommend having this treatment performed once a year as maintenance. Some patients may need two treatments a year, 6 months apart, if they have really lax skin in order to create a firmer and tighter response. 

How do you see the future of threading? Do you think it is just a trend, or it will stay in the spotlight for the long run? 

Threading has in fact been around for many years; it originally became a hit in South Korea and threads were used in the late 90's for lifting facial tissues and skin rejuvenation.

While it is trending at the moment, I do believe this treatment will remain in the spotlight for the long run as the results are not only visible, but patients are loving the outcomes.

Are you ready to jump into the threading bandwagon?

If you liked this article, you might lie our feature on Anybodi Aesthetics, the website promoting education, research, and body positivity in the cosmetic surgery industry.

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Thread Lifts: The Non-Surgical Anti-Ageing Treatment Gaining Popularity