Thread lift is a treatment that is gaining popularity, as time goes by we age, our skin loses its firmness, softness and elasticity, whilst collagen and face fat is lost. All of this causes flaccidity and undesirable wrinkles. The most affected areas of the face are usually cheeks, eyebrows, and other areas around the neck and chin.

Treatment with re-absorbible thread lifts is a very good option if you’re looking to minimize the previously described effects without the need for surgery.

It’s a non-surgical technique, very safe, painless, and with immediate results, its main goal is to tense the skin via the insertion of threads in the dermis with a guide needle.

The main advantage is that it doesn’t require a long resting period after its application, hospitalization of the patient is not necessary nor is the use of general anesthesia. It is usually applied with local anesthesia as an ointment.

Is a new generation of threads, known as Korean threads, that are made of polydioxanone PDO, a biological component that is totally compatible and re-absorbed by the body, that doesn’t produce allergies.

It is necessary to clarify that this treatment is not an alternative to the traditional surgical lifting, but instead is used with the intention of slowing the need of going through the surgical room, or complement its effects.


One of the main advantages of the thread lifting is that is has very few contraindications. It is usually not applied in patients that are in one of the following situations:

  • Neoplastic diseases, autoimmune, vascular afflictions or diabetes.
  • It is contraindicated in the case of women in gestation of breastfeeding stages.
  • It is not recommended for patients with active infections in the zone where the treatment will be applied, the ideal scenario would be to postpone it until the infection has disappeared.


The effects of the thread lifting are instant and will achieve firmness and to strengthen the treated area, giving it a very natural and healthy look. The definitive result is obtained when the collagen is formed, between 1 and 2 months after the treatment is applied.

Production of collagen and elastin.

Rejuvenation usually lasts, depending on the patient typology, up to 18 months, but one of the advantages of the technique is that the thread lifts can be applied again to retouch and maintain the effects.

After the application there’s usually no side effects, but in case that there are some, they’re nothing more a small hematoma or slight swelling, also the patient can resume his or her normal activities once the session is done, without having to have any post operation period or treatment.


  • Its effects are immediate and you can achieve a very noticeable face rejuvenation.
  • The facial expression isn’t change after going through the procedure.
  • It is a very safe face rejuvenation technique that doesn’t require hospitalization nor anesthesia.
  • No particular preparations are needed before the treatment.
  • They stimulate proliferation of collage in the dermis.
  • There are different types of PDO threads, depending on the area where they’ll be administered.
  • The threads, once administrated, are not visible nor noticeable.
  • Since incision is not necessary, there’s not bleeding, no scars or any skin marks.

The Korean threads, by virtue of their biological material composition, are reabsorbed in a natural way in 6 to 8 months and don’t produce any kind of allergy.
The treatment with thread lifting is easy and quick, it usually takes no longer than 1 hour. Due to this, some surgeons call this technique a “seeking lifting” or “no-surgery lifting”.

It can be applied along with other aesthetic treatments.
It can be re-applied as many times as necessary. Because of this, many patients choose to reinforce the results regularly.


Whilst secondary effects are mild and unfrequent, there are exceptional cases where a little hematoma, swelling or slight infection can occur.
The treatment must be applied by a professional with experience in order to avoid possible asymmetries that might result from a poor execution in the thread insertion.
Its results are not permanent, the progressively fade and in less time than a conventional procedure. The usually last from 12 to 18 months.
An exceptional case of a thread breaking can happen. If this happens, there’s no health risk, just contact our clinic so you can be provided with a solution.

Other parts of the body where thread lifting can be applied

Even though the area where this non-surgical lifting is applied is the face, there are other areas where a noticeable skin improvement can be achieved

  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Tummy
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Interior femoral region (thighs)

Which type of patients are recommended for this non-surgical lifting?

The best candidates are for reabsorbed thread lifting are people with slight signs of aging of flaccidity that only required a little nudge. In general, the most common profile is women age 35 to 45 that are affected by the first signs of time passing, such as tear valleys, cheek flaccidness or eyebrows, bags below the eyes or neck.

In the case of older people, a treatment of thread lifting is recommended as a complement to aesthetic surgery such as face lifting.

It is also recommended for people that have had some kind of face or neck lift and are experiencing some kind of falling back.

However, if you’re considering a treatment like this, you must understand and accept the possible risks and complications described in this article, as well as understanding the limitations of thread lifting and have realistic expectations.

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