The Pros & Cons of Facial Thread Lifts

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Forget surgical facelifts, thread lifts are the new craze everyone’s talking about! If you’ve ever been curious about what a thread lift actually is, look no further. Under the cut is an in-depth interview straight from The Sloane Clinic that will (hopefully) answer any questions you may have about this technique.


1. What are the different facial thread lifts out there?

Dr Toby: Broadly speaking, they can be divided into the older generation of permanent, non-absorbable threads which are made of materials similar to surgical sutures, and the newer generation of threads made from 100% bio-absorbable material.

2. Have thread lifts for the face been around for many years and have they improved over this time?

Dr Toby: The Aptos Thread lift procedure was originally developed in the 1990’s by Dr. Sulamanidze, a Russian physician. It was a great idea as a non-surgical option for facial lifting, but soon fell out of favor. Frequent breakages of threads, puckering of overlying skin, and the near-impossibility to remove any errant threads as they were made of non-absorbable polypropylene were some of the major concerns. In recent years, we’ve seen a resurgence in the interest of thread lifts with the development of the newer (third) generation of 100% bio-absorbable threads. As these threads dissolve naturally, the skin starts to produce more collagen and elastin which gives longer lasting results that go beyond the longevity of the threads themselves.

3. What are the different Thread Lifts for lifting face at The Sloane Clinic?

Dr Toby: At The Sloane Clinic, we perform the Silhouette Instalift which utilizes Silhouette Soft threads made of Poly L-lactic acid; and the Infinity Instalift that engages the help of a whole spectrum of different unique PDO (Polydioxanone) threads for facial lifting and more.

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4. What is the difference between Silhouette Instalift and Infinity Instalift?

Dr Toby: Silhouette Instalift uses Silhouette Soft threads which are comparatively longer with anchor points near the hairline to achieve maximal lifting effects. On the other hand, the Infinity Instalift utilizes different types of shorter PDO threads for a variety of facial enhancement effects that can be tailored to suit each individual’s needs. For instance, the tightening of a saggy double chin to restore facial contours to aesthetically pleasing proportions can be achieved with the Infinity Neck Lift; and those who desire a sharper nose without surgery will find the effects of our Infinity Nose Lift delightfully rewarding.

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5. Who are suitable for Silhouette Instalift?

Dr Toby: The Silhouette Instalift is a great choice for patients on the lookout for a safe and effective thread lift method with maximal lifting benefits. Ideally, the candidate should be between 35 to 65 years of age with fairly good skin quality and mild to moderate sagging. Those with a significant amount of skin laxity might not find the outcome satisfactory, and consulting a certified plastic surgeon on your suitability for a surgical facelift might be a better and wiser option.

6. Who are suitable for Infinity Instalift?

Dr Toby: Patients who want to improve upon small targeted area(s) will take well to the bespoke treatment plan that can be individually crafted with our Infinity Instalift. As the PDO threads used are shorter and can be better manoeuvred in smaller areas, the Infinity V Lift and the Infinity Neck Lift offer facial shaping and re-contouring in addition to skin lifting. Plus, the Infinity Nose Lift, which uses special nasal threads to enable lifting and elevation of the nose bridge and tip is an excellent option for non-surgical nasal enhancement with natural-looking results.

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7. What is the downtime or possible side effects for each of the procedure?

Dr Toby: As with all procedures that involve needles and injections, there is the possibility of bruising and small pin prick marks with both Silhouette and Infinity Instalift. These will resolve without any additional treatment in 3 to 7 days’ time, and can easily be camouflaged with concealer/makeup. There can be mild and inconspicuous dimpling of skin near the hairline for the first week post-Silhouette Instalift, and mild swelling over the treated area(s) for 1 to 2 days post-Infinity Instalift.

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8. Can both Infinity Instalift and Silhouette Instalift be done on the same face?

Dr Toby: Infinity Instalift and Silhouette Instalift can be safely performed to treat different area(s) of the same face within the same setting.

Read more: Which is The Best Type of Facial Thread Lift?

9. What are the other aesthetic treatments that can be done in combination with face thread lifts to give even better results?

Dr Toby: Facial thread lifts can be combined with Botox microinjections and Natural Fillers to give even better results. Botox erases and softens the harsh appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, while Natural Fillers tackle volume depletion such as sunken temples and hollow under-eyes to enhance the rejuvenating effects of thread lifting. In addition, one would benefit from a resurfacing laser such as Fraxel Light or SmartX Lite as thread lifts will improve the architecture of the skin but does little for its texture.

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Nose Lift in a Needle

The nose is a defining facial feature of the face. A higher, sharper nose is thought to be more attractive than a flat and wide one. It’s no wonder that nose-lifting procedures have been getting popular lately. Nose Threadlift is the best choice for those (much like myself) who are pain averse, and are iffy about going under the knife. Learn more about it under the cut!

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