The great thing about a thread lift is that it offers quick recovery together with excellent results. This procedure requires a minimum amount of invasive surgery and leaves no scarring. Local anaesthetic is all that is required and there is no hospital stay required. Another advantage about the thread lift is that it is much more affordable than a regular face lift and the results are long lasting. If you are looking for a quick and effective solution to a range of ageing problems then a thread lift is the perfect solution.



The thread lift is a procedure which involves elevating different parts of the face using special threads without having to make surgical incisions as with a classic face lift. It is a procedure which rejuvenates, regenerates and improves the structure of the face, in a similar way to a surgical facelift, but without the need for surgery. The thread lift uses specialised threads which are introduced into the skin with a very fine needle to lift tissue and muscle to improve skin texture. This treatment has been around for a few years now and Julie has been waiting to see and assess the results before bringing it into her practice.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Which areas can be treated with PDO Threads?

    The threads are extremely versatile and can be used all around the face and neck. They can treat vertical and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, sagging brows, drooping cheeks, pronounced nasolabial (nose to mouth) and marionette (corner of mouth to chin) folds, sagging jawline and neck and folds and wrinkles on the chin. You can personalise your surgery to suit your exact needs and Julie will also make recommendations for improvements. The procedure can be tailored to suit your exact needs to ensure you are totally happy with the results.
  • What else can thread lifting help with?

    There are also recent encouraging reports in the literature that thread-lift technology can play a pivotal role in the visual improvement of facial palsy sufferers who have been left with residual facial asymmetry.
  • What actually is Polydioxanone (PDO)?

    PDO was first developed more than 30 years ago as a safe and highly effective dissolvable suture for post-operative wound closure. However, more recently, a new and innovative use of PDO has been pioneered, initially by a team of Korean physicians (led by Dr Hwang Heui Lee, the adjunct professor at Keimyung University School of Medicine). The procedure of PDO thread lifting is now globally available.
  • Is it safe?

    PDO meets all the requirements for CE-marked surgical sutures and has a 30-year history of use within many branches of medicine.
  • How does the Thread Lift actually work?

    The threads used in the thread lift are made of soluble PDO (polydioxanone) which is a material that has been used in medicine for many years, mainly in surgery. However, research has shown that PDO relaxes muscles and tendons, and also stimulates the neocollagenesis process, which encourages the production of new collagen in the skin. PDO also stimulates the synthesis of elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin, both of which are vital for keeping the skin looking plump and youthful.
  • What else does the research say?

    Based on 5 years of clinical observation it has been reported that PDO stimulates tissue neocollagenesis, which leads to the production of new collagen. Research has also found that the activation of fibroblasts resulted in the stimulation of elastin synthesis and synthesis of hyaluronic acid. Owing to these findings, benefits associated with PDO thread lifting include the resolution of wrinkles, tightened pores, brighter skin, increased volume and skin lifting.
  • What is neocollagenesis?

    The word neocollagenesis means the making of new collagen
  • Where do the PDO threads sit in the skin?

    At the deep dermis and subdermal plane where there are almost no significant nerves or vessels that will be affected
  • What are the risks?

    Thread lifts can cause minor side effects such as infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness and slight asymmetry. All side effects will be explained in detail to you by Julie at the consultation.
  • Who is not a good candidate for thread lifting?

    • Active acne or skin infections
    • Keloid scarring predisposition
    • Autoimmune disease, e.g scleroderma, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis
    • Anti-coagulant medication such as warfarin, heparin – If you take aspirin then this can be discussed at consultation
    • Haemophilia – an inherited condition that affects the blood's ability to clot. Pregnancy/IVF
    • Malignancy (cancer)/chemotherapy
    • Hepatitis B, C and HIV
    • History of bacterial endocarditis - infection of the endocardial surface of the heart
    • Existing systemic infection – e.g influenza
    • History of herpes simpex virus (oral acyclovir can be taken prophylactically)
    • Body dysmorphia syndrome (BDD)
    • Unrealistic expecation
    • Porphyria - a rare hereditary disease in which there is abnormal metabolism of the blood pigment haemoglobin
  • What age range is the thread life suitable for?

    This procedure is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties. Thread Lift is usually performed using a local anaesthetic. Recovery is generally quick. However, everyone is different so Julie recommends you come and see her for a consultation if you are unsure about whether the thread lift is right for you.
  • What does Julie think successful thread lifting depends upon?

    The key is appropriate patient selection, product choice, combined with experience, skill and technique of the injector. Julie has been injection over eight years and is very aware about who is suitable for treatment and who is not. She will not treat you if she thinks you are not a suitable candidate. This will all be discussed at the consultation.
  • What training has Julie had for thread lifts?

    Julie has been certified at master class level to undertake all Fine thread contouring, body contouring, face and neck lift procedures. Certification for the procedures was awarded by NeoCosmedix Europe under the training of Dr Jacques Otto, an internationally renowned expert speaker and trainer in PDO thread lifting. She tested the procedure on a number of models before deciding to bring this into her practice. Julie was so impressed with the results that she wanted to offer a treatment that could have the effects of surgery but without the downtime. In addition, she wanted to offer her patients and “in-between of treatment”. So, some patients who are not suitable for botox® and dermal filler injections, may be better off with the next stage up, which is thread lifting.
  • I've read some bad reviews about thread lifting. What's Julies view on this?

    Julie is a firm believer that any successful outcome of any non-surgical procedure is based on patient selection in the first instance. This will happen at the consultation process. If Julie feels that the thread lift is not the right treatment option for you, she will explain the reasons why and then give you further treatment options.
  • What age range is the thread life suitable for?

    This procedure is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties. Thread Lift is usually performed using a local anaesthetic. Recovery is generally quick. However, everyone is different so Julie recommends you come and see her for a consultation if you are unsure about whether the thread lift is right for you.
  • What does Julie think successful thread lifting depends upon?

    The key is appropriate patient selection, product choice, combined with experience, skill and technique of the injector. Julie has been injection over eight years and is very aware about who is suitable for treatment and who is not. She will not treat you if she thinks you are not a suitable candidate. This will all be discussed at the consultation.
  • What happens during the consultation?

    During the consultation Julie will:
    • Discuss the reasons why you would like the procedure
    • Take a full medical history
    • Assess you fully to see whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment
    • Provide you will full, verbal and written information to provide you with the risks and limitations involved in the proposed procedure
    • Provide you with information on the numbing agents she will use
    • Ensure your receive a verbal explanation of all potential risks, side effects and/or complications, you will be provided with written information, which explains these risks and provide you with written information of appropriate surgical procedures
    • Meet all your needs that include all pre- and post-surgery instructions following consultation
    • Provide written information detailing post-surgical instructions and aftercare after the surgery has taken place
    Then you will have a cooling off period so you can make informed decision about the procedure.

    Managing your expectation: Julie will spend a lot of time with you discussing everything about threads lilts and whether it is right for you. She will offer you a cooling off period so you can think about things. Julie believed this is quite big procedure and although the results can dramatic as well as aesthetically satisfying, there are things to be considered and this is certainly not a lunch time treatment – although say thing, it does depend on how many threads you have.
  • What happens during the procedure?

    The PDO thread is inserted into the skin through a very fine needle. Depending on the area to be treated, the thread is introduced into eitherthe skin itself, the subcutaneous fat, or the muscle. A lifted appearance can be seen immediately following the treatment, however, the results will improve in the following days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, which in turn produces collagen. The overall texture of the skin is improved; it becomes thicker, tighter and firmer and fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away.
  • Does it hurt?

    Everyone’s pain threshold is different. Patients have described a stinging sensation, similar to acupuncture. If required, the procedure can be carried out using a dental block anaesthetic. Painkillers are also available on request.
  • How long does a thread lift take?

    A typical thread lift takes as little as one hour to perform, but the length will depend on the number of threads Julie used and the areas being treated.
  • What happens to the threads?

    The threads are naturally absorbed by the body in six to eight months and the effect of the treatment can last for up to two years.
  • What results can I expect from the Thread Lift?

    The PDO threads will give the skin an immediate, natural improvement in appearance. After about 10-14 days, the process of natural body protein synthesis begins and continues over a period of two years, keeping the texture of the skin smooth and supple.
  • How long does the treatment last for?

    The PDO threads gradually dissolves over 6 months but the resulting lift can remain for up to 2 years This will vary on your age at the time of treatment, the quality of skin, degree of sagging and the number of threads used. However, studies have shown that results can last between 2-3 years.
  • What are the side effects and risks?

    Infection is one of the most common complication. It usually happens within one to six weeks of surgery. In the majority of cases an infection can just be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of infection include fever as well as severe tenderness, redness, and swelling. Uneven or asymmetrical results are another risk but the chances of this occurring are minimised by seeing a highly experienced practitioner. Some people may experience a slight bunching or puckering of the skin. If the problem is noticeable and is making you unhappy let Julie know as she will be able to address the problem.
  • What happens after the procedure?

    Once the procedure is complete you will be provided with aftercare instructions to follow. These will help to relieve any discomfort and help to speed up the process of healing. For the first 24-48 hours you can use ice compresses to deal with any swelling and help to alleviate discomfort. Most patients experience some mild swelling and bruises, but these are usually quick to settle. Recovery times are usually less than one week although strenuous exercise should be avoided for between 2 and 3 weeks.
  • What is the downtime and will I need time off work?

    This will depend on the number of threads you have. For example a 5 point thread lift will require 5 days off work. This is something Julie will discuss with you at the consultation.
    Julie would like you to take into consideration the following: Bruising can happen. The degree of bruising varies not only depending on the area being treated, but also from patient to patient. However, you do need to be aware that considerable bruising could occur, and plan your social calendar or work commitments around this. Julie can show you "after" pictures which show examples of non-bruising, mild bruising and more obvious bruising.
  • I thought only surgeons could perform this type of procedure?

    This is a non-surgical procedure and means that no general anaesthetic or scalpels are used. Aesthetic nursing is advancing and we can perform any non-surgical procedures within our sphere of competence and training that does not require a surgical scalpel. In fact, more and more people are opting for a non- surgical option because of the convenience to their lifestyle. Julie had an article published for the Harley Street Journal about what the aesthetic industry will look like in ten years’ time. She comments how non-surgical procedures will take over surgical cosmetic procedures, such as thread lifting and injections.
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