No Need to Go under the Knife
By Carolyn Hansen, FNP-BC
Invasive facelifts are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Women and men are opting to treat facial and body aging concerns with the many phenomenal, non-invasive procedures that are now readily available. When performed by a licensed and well-trained provider, many of these non-invasive procedures can either stave off a future face lift or closely mimic the results of a face lift or other more invasive body surgeries.
One of the procedures gaining recent popularity is the thread lift using EuroThreads. EuroThreads are an FDA-approved treatment for addressing skin laxity through building collagen and filling or lifting the skin. Thread lifts are a great way to “prejuvenate” or rejuvenate and restore a youthful appearance. Specific treatments are indicated for many areas in the face, neck, and body, and often, you can see instant results.
Original Contour lifting threads received FDA approval in early 2006, but the approval was revoked due to the nature of the thread’s permanence and overall performance. These threads were not “absorbable” and could not be removed once they were inserted. EuroThreads are biodegradable, resorbable surgical sutures (PDO or PLLA) that have been FDA approved for decades in cardiovascular and pulmonary surgery. In 2015, the FDA approved these same sutures for aesthetic treatments.
How They Work
EuroThreads are inserted subcutaneously or hypo-dermally into areas suffering from the loss of elasticity. They simultaneously stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen in the area inserted and provide a plumping or lifting effect.
A typical treatment involves a single needle or cannula (thread) individually inserted into the dermis. Upon removal of the needle, the thread is left in place. Depending on the thread type used (smooth, twisted or barbed), either the thread is left in place to promote collagen production or facial tissue is pulled in a specific direction to produce a lifted appearance after placement. The insertion of threads causes blood flow and lymphatic circulation to increase, enhancing the production of collagen and elastin.
Smooth threads can be inserted beneath the skin individually or a mesh or web-like pattern can be created, which acts as a support system while promoting collagen production. Restoring this collagen and elastin creates youthful texture and tone. This meshing technique can be performed throughout the body to restore healthier, tighter, and brighter skin. Twisted or corkscrewed threads are similar to the smooth threads and are used in areas where additional volume is needed. Barbed threads placed within the hypodermis allow the clinician to lift and contour lax and sagging skin in the face and/or body’s problematic areas. Threads are often used in lieu of filler in the forehead and glabellar (between the eyebrows) area as these specific areas of the face are not suitable for facial fillers.
For treatment on the face, EuroThreads can be used in conjunction with injectable fillers and/or neuromodulators like Botox or Dysport. The threads can also be used to treat areas of the body such as the knees, abdomen, décolleté, back of arms, and derriere. Threads can improve the appearance of wounds, surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and neck bands. They are a convenient rejuvenation alternative that requires no general anesthesia, hospitalization, or extended recovery period.