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Thread Lifting

The secret of your skin is in good hands with us.

During a thread lift, we carefully insert polydioxanone (PDO) sutures into the deeper skin layers under sterile conditions and local anesthesia and then gently stretch them in a predefined direction. The aim is to tighten the tissue along the gravity vectors.

The dissolution process of the sutures also stimulates collagen production in the skin, which increases the firmness of the skin’s tissue. The treatment can be combined with Botox and hyaluronic acid injections to optimise success.

Your questions. Our answers.

Is thread lifting painful?

The treatment is performed under local anesthetic and is usually not painful. In the days following the treatment, there can be an unpleasant tension along the line of the thread lift which subsides as the swelling subsides.

Is a thread lift an alternative to a facelift?

This question should be answered on an individual basis. For patients where the loss of elasticity is not yet pronounced, thread lifting can be a good alternative. The advantages are that there is no stressful general anaesthetic, no visible scarring and hardly any downtime.

How long does the effect of a thread lift last?

After the six months during which the suture is absorbed, the tissue tightening effect is one to two years.

What should I consider before a thread lift?

Painkillers containing acetylsalicylic acid, such as aspirin, should be avoided for two weeks before a thread lift as these can impair blood coagulation and lead to increased bleeding and bleeding into the tissue. Alcohol, nicotine and hot drinks should be avoided directly before the thread lift.

When is a thread lift not performed?

Contraindications for thread lifts are:

  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Sensitivity to PDO sutures
  • In cases of known excessive scarring (keloid formation)
  • Visible skin inflammation or infections such as acne or herpes
  • Dental treatments in the previous week
  • ENT infections, known infections with multi-resistant carriers (MRSA)
  • Persons on permanent blood-thinning medication
  • Autoimmune diseases that are being treated with immunotherapy
What has to be considered after a thread lift?
  • Temporary swelling after the treatment can be alleviated by cooling packs (from the fridge, not from the freezer!)
  • To prevent infection, we prescribe a daily antibiotic starting on the day of treatment and for an additional two days (cefuroxime 1000 mg). Homeopathic preparations such as traumeel, lymphomyosot or arnica can support the healing process.
  • In order prevent an intensification of the feeling of tension after the procedure and to prevent the sutures from slipping, extreme movements of the facial muscles (wide opening of the mouth when chewing or yawning, excessive talking) should be avoided and you should eat soft or liquid food.
  • For the first three nights after treatment, sleep on your back with your upper body elevated.
  • During the two weeks after the treatment you should avoid saunas and tanning beds as well as avoid the sun or use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor.
  • Avoid facial treatments and massages for two weeks.
  • Avoid intensive exercise for two weeks after the treatment.
  • Wait two weeks for dental appointments.
  • The face can be carefully cleansed and make-up can be applied used as usual.

Which areas is a thread lift suitable for?

Thread lifting is particularly suitable for contouring the cheek area and defining the jaw line. In addition, eyebrows can be gently lifted and lip wrinkles and crow’s feet can be treated. Before treatment, a conversation between patient and doctor helps determine what is realistic and which mix of treatments is necessary.

Our expert for thread lifting

Dr. med. Anna Brandenburg

Make a non-binding enquiry via our contact form, call us on 040 – 46 77 46 27 or book an appointment directly online. We look forward to hearing from you.