For patients who want to smooth the skin on their faces or other areas without undergoing surgery, smooth threads is the perfect treatment.
How Smooth Threads Work
The smooth threads process is non-invasive and relatively simple. There are two different methods:
- Synthetic threads with small barbs are injected under the skin and pulled to smooth the skin, providing immediate improvement in the patient’s appearance.
- Smaller synthetic threads without barbs are injected in a hashtag pattern to form a mesh, creating a space for collagen to collect for a more gradual change.
In both methods, as the threads are absorbed into the skin, the body increases its production of collagen. Over the course of 4 to 6 months, this increased collagen continues to smooth out the skin in the treated areas. This ability of your skin to self-heal is also used in other aesthetic procedures, including micro-needling and fractioned lasers.
Who Would Benefit from Smooth Threads?
Smooth threads are most effective when used in the cheeks, lips and neck during the early signs of aging. They can also be used for patients whose neck-lifts or facelifts are wearing off and require supplemental smoothing. Sagging should be mild to moderate - treatment is not as successful with excessive sagging, which most likely will require surgery.
Smooth threads are most commonly used in the face and neck, but they can also be used to tighten loose skin in the stomach area, upper arms, thighs, and knees.
Are Smooth Threads Safe?
Smooth threads are made from the same material as absorbable sutures (polydioxanone, or PDO) used by doctors and dentists for decades, and they meet United States Pharmacopeia’s safety standards for suturing. The threads will be completely absorbed by your skin and will not leave behind any scar tissue.
How Long Does Smooth Thread Treatment Take?
While every procedure varies, injecting the threads under the skin generally takes only 1 to 2 hours. Minimal results with the barbed thread method can be seen immediately, and full results are evident in 4 to 6 months. Because the treatment is non-surgical, there is little to no recovery time, so the patient can get back to living their lives almost immediately. There may be some bruising and swelling for a few days, but any discomfort can usually be managed with Tylenol or Advil.