Dating new thread
They may have tiny barbs or cones, to help grip the skin—and, when appropriately positioned, they give your face a more lifted, toned appearance, especially around the lower face and jowls.
As the threads are absorbed over the first six months, they trigger a boost in your natural collagen production that can improve your skin’s firmness for up to a year.
“You should not see or easily feel the threads, if they’re placed in the proper position,” says Dr.
Ho, but you may feel some resistance when moving your face or have a sense of fullness where the threads were placed.
In an effort to improve on these issues, the newer thread lifts of today are typically done with dissolvable threads.
Both Nova and Silhouette Insta Lift use FDA-approved threads for facial skin.
Nova threads are made from PDO, which means they dissolve safely into skin tissue over a period of six months.
They come barbed (designed to grip skin tissue) or smooth.
Silhouette Insta Lift’s threads have tiny cones that anchor into your skin and lift it when they’re pulled taut by the surgeon.
Insta Lift’s sutures and cones are composed of dissolvable sugars; the long sutures are made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), while the tiny cones are 82% PLAA and 18% polyglycolic acid (PGA).
Your surgeon will start by marking out where the threads will go on your face. Once you’re numb, your doctor inserts a long needle, with the thread attached to it, into your skin and passes it under the skin’s surface.
The thread is then pulled tight to create tension and lift the tissue.
This process is repeated until all the threads—anywhere from just a few to more than 20—are placed. Because it’s done under local anesthesia, you should feel comfortable driving yourself home when it’s done.