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Looking for a Facelift, But at a Fraction of the Cost?

Yes, we are talking about barbed threads!

pretty woman with lines showing where you can have barbed threads inserted

What are Barbed Threads?


Barbed threads, also known as thread lifts, are a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to lift and tighten sagging skin on your face and neck. The procedure involves the insertion of thin, dissolvable threads with small barbs under the skin through tiny incisions made in the targeted area. The barbs on the threads anchor to the surrounding tissue, allowing the threads to be pulled tight to lift the skin and create a more youthful appearance. The threads used in this procedure are made of materials such as polydioxanone (PDO) or polylactic acid (PLA). These materials are safe and biocompatible, which means they do not cause an adverse reaction in your body. Over time, the threads dissolve, leaving behind collagen fibres that help to maintain the lift. The procedure is less invasive and requires less downtime than traditional facelift surgery, making it an attractive option for those who want to avoid the risks and recovery time associated with surgery.


How long do the results last?

The results of a barbed thread lift can last up to three years, after which a repeat procedure may be necessary to maintain the results.


Who can benefit from having threads?


You may benefit from threads if you have:

  • Deepening lines around the nasolabial folds

  • Lines and wrinkles in the soft tissue of the face

  • Sagging skin around the eyes and cheeks

  • Skin laxity in the face and forehead

  • Loss of skin volume around the face


Why have threads rather than Botox or fillers?


 Barbed threads and Botox are two different cosmetic procedures that are used for different purposes. While Botox is primarily used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by muscle movement, barbed threads are used to lift and tighten sagging skin due to aging or weight loss.


Botox is a neurotoxin that works by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. When injected into the face, it can temporarily relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. However, Botox does not address the issue of sagging skin.


Barbed threads, on the other hand, address the issue of sagging skin by physically lifting and tightening the skin. They are particularly effective for treating the mid-face and jowls, which are difficult to treat with Botox alone.


Ultimately, whether to choose barbed threads or Botox depends on your individual concerns and goals. I am here to help guide you and give you the best options that are right for you.


What areas can be treated?


Barbed threads can be used to lift and tighten sagging skin in various areas of the face. The procedure is most commonly used to address the mid-face and jowls, where sagging skin can create a tired or aged appearance. It can also be used to lift the eyebrows and improve the appearance of under-eye bags.


Specifically, barbed threads can be used to:

1. Lift the cheeks: Barbed threads can be used to lift the cheeks, creating a more youthful contour.


2. Lift the jowls: Sagging skin in the jowls can be lifted and tightened with barbed threads, improving the definition of the jawline.


3. Lift the eyebrows: Barbed threads can be used to lift the eyebrows, creating a more awake and refreshed appearance.


4. Improve the appearance of under-eye bags: Barbed threads can be used to lift and tighten the skin under the eyes, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags.


5. Smooth out wrinkles: While barbed threads are primarily used for lifting and tightening, they can also help to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.


What happens during the procedure?


During a barbed thread procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the targeted area. Once the tiny incision has been made in the targeted area, the threads are then pulled tight to lift the skin and create a more youthful appearance. The excess thread is then trimmed. The procedure typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the number of threads used and the targeted area.


What to expect after the procedure?


 After the procedure, you may experience some swelling, bruising, or discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses. You should avoid strenuous activity and exposure to sunlight or heat for a few days after the procedure.


Why choose Cosmetica Medical Aesthetics for your Threads?


With over 22 years experience in skincare, 15 years of nursing, 7 years of advanced aesthetics, and over 1500 individual patients, I have the experience and skill to help you look your best. This high level of expertise and experience sets us apart from many other clinics in the local area.

the differences between having barbed threads and a surgical facelift

Before & After

before and after photo of a lady having barbed thread procedure

before and after picture of woman having aesthetics threatment


Do barbed threads dissolve?

Yes, the dissolving process of threads typically takes around 6 to 8 months. During this time, the collagen fibres that remain in the skin continue to provide support, helping to maintain the lift.

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