Thread Lift is an in office, non surgical procedure that uses resorbable surgical sutures composed of biodegradable polymers. They are inserted subcutaneously showing instant results commonly associated with lifting, tightening, volumizing and contouring. Dr. Schoenfeld will insert Threads into areas suffering from loss of elastin while simultaneously stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen where treatment has occurred.
A single thread is inserted into either a needle or a cannula during the manufacturing process and then sterilized. A single needle or cannula (thread) is individually inserted into the dermis and upon removal, the thread is left in place. Depending on thread type (Smooth, Twisted or Barbed) the thread is either left in place to promote collagen production or is pulled in an intended direction to produce an appearance commonly associated with lifting.
Originally Contour threads received FDA approval in early 2006 which was quickly revoked due to the nature of the threads permanence. These threads were not “absorbable” and could not be removed once they were inserted. Dr. Schoenfeld uses a biodegradable suture that has been FDA approved for decades in cardiovascular surgery. In 2015, the FDA approved the same suture for aesthetic treatments. Thread lifting can be used for treatments to the face, neck and body.
PDO, Polydioxanone, is a colorless, crystalline, biodegradable polymer used to coat the suture. PLLA, Poly Latic Acid, is a colorless, crystalline, biodegradable polymer used to coat the suture