Can You See or Feel the Threads After a Thread Lift?

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It is possible

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It is possible to see and or feel the threads especially in a thin patient or if they were placed too close to the skin. The problem is that if they are placed too deep to avoid the possibility of this, they have almost no beneficial effect. Even at their best, however, the results are not impressive or long lasting and they are very expensive for what little you get, so most Board Certified plastic surgeons no longer use these products in their practices.

The contour threads, which were the only FDA threads...

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The contour threads, which were the only FDA threads approved for threadlifting procedures, are no longer being made by the company. The main reason for this was there palpability or being able to feel them in thinner patients.

They have been replaced by dissolvable sutures made by the same company and marketed as Quill sutures. They dissolve over 6 months, and therefore this is no longer an issue.

Source: Angiotech manufacturing

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

No outward feel of a suture or thread lift

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I don't like the old thread lifts that used permanent material with hooks or barbs.  I use Silhouette Instalift sutures which use more gentle cones to catch the skin and dissolving material that stimulates collagen as it is reabsorbed.  

The first two weeks after a suture lift, you will be aware of a tight or pulling feeling and may feel some firmness over them.  However, that is primarily from swelling which iwill resolve.  By a month, patients report a natural feel and lifted appearance with no sign of what is underneath.  If the patient does feel anything at that point, it is important to return to the treating physician.  Excess inflammation or a suture placed a bit too high in the skin can be managed.

I hope this answers your question. Best wishes.


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A threadlift is a great procedure without general anesthesia to preposition and lift the face. If the threads are inserted properly, you should not feel them. You should consult an experienced cosmetic surgeon who has worked with threads who will give you a good idea if you are a good candidate. 


Andre Berger, MD

Natural Painless Results

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PDO Thread lift is a natural painless result, non-invasive lunchtime procedure, and the answer to loose and sagging skin! You can not see the threads after receiving them.  Depending on the thickness of your skin will determine alot. You can slightly feel them just because of the tightening that increased  in those loose areas. This is a great 0 downtime procedure and really compliments botox, and fillers. The threads are the BEST PROCEDURE for your neck & jawline, and add to your beautiful, healthy "V-shape" you are looking for. I hope this helps you on your journey!:)

Feeling or seeing the threads after a thread lift

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Depending on the thickness of your skin and how the procedure was done, yes, this is entirely possible.  For this reason, patients that we see are often told the benefits of doing a mini facelift combined with skin resurfacing procedures.  Once you see how well the scars can be hidden, patients often elect for this route instead. 

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