Dr. Dean Kane, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Baltimore understands the desire by women and men to achieve immediate facial rejuvenation with limited downtime and recovery. The newest threadlift available is EuroThreads which can be used in the face, neck and now in most body parts. EuroThreads are absorbable surgical sutures that are placed just below the skin subcutaneously to stimulate your own collagen and elastin production to lift, firm, tighten, contour and brings volume and plumping into the skin. Numerous styles of the EuroThreads have been developed to perform a variety of cosmetic rejuvenating functions from improving wrinkles, lifting skin laxity to lightening pigmentation and improving acne scarring.
What can the PDO and PLLA EuroThreads Achieve on the Face and Body?
- The diversity of Eurothread can be used in the following ways to provide
Instant Non-Surgical Face and Neck Lift
- Non-Surgical Brow Lift
- Plump wrinkles lines in and around the lips, the deep neck circular wrinkles and the forehead furrows.
- Smoothes and Plumps Crepey Décolleté Skin
EuroThreads for Body Procedures
- Smoothing, Plumping and Lifting of the Crepey Aging Arm Skin
- Smoothing and tightening irregularities of skin above the knees, inner thighs, tope of thighs, banana rolls and buttocks
- Tightens and firms skin irregularities of the abdomen
- Small Breast Lifting
- Lifting of the breast nipples in the breast augmented breast that fall below the implants.
What are PDO and PLLA EuroThreads?
EuroThreads are made out of PDO and PLLA dissolvable surgical sutures. They are biodegradable and are pre-inserted through a sterile cannuala (a blunted needle) which is placed under the skin. PDO is Polydioxanone and PLLA is Poly-L-Lactic Acid also known as Sculptra. Both have been FDA approved and are dissolvable or biodegradable molecules that have been used in surgeries for decades. What makes EuroThreads unique from your typical dissolvable suture is that they have been purposefully manufactured for the sole purpose of cosmetically stimulating a person’s collagen and elastin for skin tightening, volumizing, plumping and firming.
What makes these EuroThread Sutures different from other Threads Lifts?
EuroThreads are designed to be more durable and longer lasting within the skin. It will take the face and body 8 to 12 months to fully absorb the sutures and the stimulation of the collagen and elastin up to 12 to 16 months. This basically gives you a longer lasting rejuvenation result. The EuroThreads are sturdy enough to be used in the body as well as the face where you need a strong suture to support the body’s thicker tissues.
What is Involved in Performing the EuroThread Procedure?
Using just a local anesthetic, Dr. Dean Kane numbs the areas of the face and body to be lifted. The sutures come within a sterilized cannula. These cannulas also have the added ability to provide more local anesthetic if the patient feels any discomfort while be inserted under the skin. The patient will feel pressure, but little to no pain.
What more should I know about the EuroThread Procedure?
What is so important and unique about the EuroThreads is the doctor’s expertise and technique of the insertion of the threads and the selection of the specific EuroThread for the desired goal.
Can you give me examples of how the EuroThreads are used?
For example if your goal is to achieve a non-surgical face and neck lift, than Dr. Kane would select the twisted and barbed style sutures and to place at least 4-5 in each side of the face and 4-6 sutures within the neck. These will give instant lift of the face and neck tissues.
If the goal is to plump wrinkles in and around the mouth than Dr. Kane would perform a mesh technique of injections and a smoother style thread is used. The smoother threads will stimulate the collagen and elastin to reduce the lips lines or smoker lines, wrinkles that surround the chin and mouth area.
For an armlift, a combination of smooth style threads and the twisted, barbed style would be used. The smooth style will be inserted to create a mesh like result smoothing and plumping the crepey skin while the twisted and barbed style will be used to lift the skin laxity. Most women today have the combination of loose bat arms as well as the crepey thin texture. These fantastic combination will be excellent at helping both issues.
There are numerous ways the EuroThreads can be used and Dr. Kane will provide a complete evaluation and guide you to determine your best non-surgical rejuvenation options.
What is the Recovery from the EuroThread Lifts?
The great news about the non-surgical use of the EuroThreads is that there is no need for any incisions, external stitches, no sedation anesthesia and extensive recovery.
The EuroThreads are inserted through a tiny puncture site that close on their own by the very next day without needing any external stitches.
You can expect some mild swelling and bruising that can last up to approximately a week. If there is any extensive bruising, a steroid pack can be prescribed to quickly reduce the swelling.
A facial or body garment may be advised for approximately a week to hold the sutures in place while they set within in the skin.
It will be recommended that physical activities be reduced to not jolt the sutures for 1 to 2 weeks. If one’s employment does not entail physical activity or lifting than you can return to work the very next day. Make-up can be applied to cover any potential bruising. Ice packs for reduction of bruising and swelling will be very helpful.
There is minimal pain and over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprophen can be used to relieve the discomfort.
It will be advised that you avoid, direct sun, submersion in a hot sauna or bathtub, swimming, vigorous washing of the face and no face down pressure from a massage or yoga type activity.
What Results can I expect from the EuroThread Lift?
Instant Gratification! The exciting part of the EuroThread lift is that these special sutures gives an instant lift and then over the next 12 to 16 months a continual tightening and smoothing of the skin tissues.
Are there any risks to EuroThreads?
While the risks are extremely rare, a thorough medical history of our patients are taken to make sure there are no contra-indications to inserting these sutures. For example, patients who have auto-immune issues and are using medications to suppress their auto-immune conditions are at potentially higher risks for infections. These patients would need to be evaluated and cleared by their medical doctors before the procedure could be performed. Patients who have allergic tendencies for foreign matter would also need to be highly evaluated prior to treatment.
While not a risk, but an outcome of the procedure, a person needs to expect bruising and swelling for 1 to 2 weeks. The EuroThreads are a minimally invasive procedure where Dr. Kane is inserting the sutures under the skin. With any insertion of a material, filler, Botox or these sutures, patients always need to be aware that they can bruise and have swelling.
To reduce the bruising and swelling, patients are advised to use ice and the homeopathic use of bromelain obtained by eating fresh pineapple a couple days before and after the procedure as well as the use of arnica. In some cases, Dr. Kane will prescribe a Medrol dose pack which is a 6 day steroid pack that dramatically helps to reduce the swelling quickly.