The latest trend for thread lifting is the usage of Polydioxanone (PDO) threads which is absorbed by the skin after several months. At the same time, this process stimulates and induces collagen production over the course of about 4 months, with the effects lasting for up to 18 months.
Although one cannot compare the degree of lift achieved by surgery, with the correct selection of patients a very respectable alternative to surgery can be achieved in under an hour. Cog threads are most effective for jawline lifting and slimming.
Cog threads are essentially mono threads with barbs to hook to the underside of the skin. The barbs form a support structure that lifts the sagging tissue. Unlike mono threads, cog threads do not need anchoring points. Collagen formation can also occur around the threads and their barbs. It’s dissolved by the body over time, 4-6 months, but stimulates intense healing on the way.
Local anaesthetic is injected first. The thread is then inserted through this puncture with a special cannula and it grips under the skin into deeper tissue. The thread itself is reasonably fine but the barbs grip the tissue. Up to 4 threads can be inserted through one entry site.
It is mainly used for
· Midface lift
- Lower face jowls and skin laxity of the lower face.
With barbed PDO threads you must expect bruising and swelling for between 7-10 days.