Thread Lifting

Aptos Threads

The thread lifting is an easy way to smooth wrinkles and tighten sagging skin without surgery.

The procedure involves inserting threads into the soft tissues which are then pulled tight, lifting the skin. As a result, the face is redefined, volume restored & the effects of ageing are significantly reduced.

The threads can be both non-absorbable and absorbable. As absorbable threads dissolve naturally, the skin starts to produce more collagen and elastin which gives a longer-lasting result. The threads are inserted without incision in the skin, so the procedure is totally safe.

What are threads used for?
  • mild to moderate signs of ptosis of the skin
  • loss of tissue volume
  • development of fine lines and wrinkles
  • sagging eyebrows
  • a relaxed / sagging mid-facial appearance
  • thinning of the lips
  • prominence of the jaw
  • slight bags under the eyes or on the neck
  • patients with some relapse from a previous procedure such as a facelift or neck lift
  • facial asymmetry
  • skin dehydration
where can threads be used?

As the stronger, long-lasting PLA threads, Aptos threads are well suited to a wide variety of treatments. The most common use is on the face, to alleviate wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin, but there are some surprising treatments that Aptos threads can deliver. 

Forehead wrinkles – the dynamic motion of the muscles in your forehead mean that you’re likely to develop lines here. They’re either along the length of your forehead or between your eyebrows – or even both. 

Sagging cheeks – high cheeks are associated with youth because up until around your late 20s, your cheek fat pads sit just beneath your eye socket. But as gravity and skin laxity take over, the fat pads slip lower, not only creating hollows under your eyes but also giving you a wider jawline. 

Nose shape – if you have a hump on your nose, have a low nose bridge or a downward pointing nose tip, Aptos threads can help straighten or lift your nose.

Jaw and jowls – a defined jawline makes an attractive profile, and threads can help you achieve a more refined look. Whether you want to slim your jawline or get rid of your jowls, a thread lift might be the answer. 

Breast lift – Aptos threads can be used to lift the breast tissue.

Ear pinning – Aptos threads can be used for non surgical otoplasty – an ear pinning procedure that helps lessen the appearance of sticking out ears. 

Labia – specialist Aptos threads have been developed to revitalise your most intimate area. Tiny spiral threads are inserted to increase labial volume.

Why choose Aptos Threads?

What Makes Aptos Threads So Good?

Widely celebrated as the pioneer in the global thread market, Aptos boasts over 30 different threads, 50 thread lifting methods and 8 international patents.

Aptos is unique in its range and composition of the threads. The multi-award winning product is constantly at the forefront of innovation and promises long-lasting, effective results, enabling lifting, volumising and rejuvenation. Aptos threads are uniquely composed of PLLA/PCL in the ratio of 75:25 delivering benefits lasting 18 months – 2 years.

Aptos threads are now in their third incarnation, using science to enhance and improve over the years. This latest generation of threads includes the addition of hyaluronic acid to their composition. This allows for simultaneous instant lifting and tissue regeneration, which delivers a much longer-lasting result. 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in your connective tissue, eyes and skin. Its role is to maintain hydration – it attracts and withholds water molecules  – so the addition to Aptos threads is very welcome. 

The threads work in two ways; firstly to lift and hold your skin in place. This is the effect you will see immediately, as your face will look smoother, toned and more youthful. The second effect comes later, as the sutures begin to dissolve. Your body responds by ‘healing’ the area, which stimulates the production of collagen in the location of the threads. This collagen helps to maintain the lift that the threads delivered long after they are gone. 

Comparing Threads: Aptos Threads vs Others

As mentioned, there are many reputable threads on the market – how do you know which is best for you? In truth, you don’t need to worry about choosing, as that’s what your doctor is there to help with. But in the interest of knowing more about the treatment, here is a little about the different threads:

There are three types of absorbable thread lift threads. Polydioxanone (PDO), Poly-L-lactic (PLA) and the most recent addition, Polycaprolactone (PCL) and each has its own strengths and benefits. 

PDO threads, like MINT threads, offer incredible rejuvenation properties so you’ll benefit from healthier, plumper skin with a PDO thread lift. 

PLA threads, like Aptos threads, are known for their long-lasting results. The threads themselves last between 18 – 24 months, unlike the PDO threads which can dissolve from around 9 – 12 months. PLA threads provide a stronger lift, so if your wrinkles or sagging tissue is more significant, a PLA thread lift is likely to be more suitable. 

PCL threads are the latest to the market, and these threads are said to stimulate collagen very effectively. 

There are also non-absorbable threads, which remain in place for up to five years. The company behind Aptos threads has received FDA approval for their polypropylene sutures. 

key benefits of threads
  • Minimally invasive: no incisions or stitches
  • Only requires local anaesthetic
  • Reduced treatment time of 20 minutes
  • Minimal post-treatment downtime
  • Little to no side effects
  • The procedure is low risk
  • Overall improvement of skin quality
  • Results are immediately visible
  • Dual action: lifting and rejuvenation
  • Long-term effect (1 to 5 years, depending on the thread composition)
  • Safe to use with other aesthetic procedures (such as fillers)
  • The individual patient assessment ensures the selection of the best thread and method to produce the desired effect

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