If you’re interested in getting a thread lift, you’re likely wondering if the threads used in the procedure can break. The answer is yes, they can, but it’s extremely unlikely. Threads can fail in a few different ways, but these tend to be minor and mostly happen in the first 1-2 weeks.
Breaks within the Threads
Thread breakage occurs more with the older Aptos threads, and with older methods of suturing. As new technology is developed, it is becoming increasingly rare for threads to break.
When breakage happens, it almost always happens at the ends where the threads meet the incision. This is because the threads have high tensile strength and cannot be pulled apart. This breakage is most common in patients who take poor care in the first couple of weeks following the procedure.
Excessive facial movements, facial rubbing, or contact sports can cause the threads to break loose.
Once the incisions heal, the threads become more set in place and the risk passes. Threads are very strong, do not decay, and do not break over time.
How Do I Know if a Thread has Broken?
There are a few signs that threads aren’t where they should be, including:
- Visible threads. With a good surgeon, the threads should be implanted so deep that they are invisible. A visible thread is migrating upwards is usually a sign that it broke.
- Noticeable early decline in appearance. Thread lifts are not permanent, but they should work great for at least six months, and ideally more. If your lift peaks earlier than that, you probably have a thread loose.
- Extrusion. In some cases, threads may extrude through the skin. This will be painless, but is often noticeable.
Dealing with Broken Threads
In most cases, this will be easy for your surgeon to fix. That said, it absolutely needs to be brought to your surgeon’s attention as quickly as possible. In the meantime, do not touch, pull, or scratch the broken thread.
Extrusions are fixed by trimming the thread and re-sealing it below the skin. Other breaks can be treated by reshaping how the tissue rests on the threads. In either case, the procedure will fix the problem.
Are Broken Threads Dangerous?
No. Broken threads should be treated so that you get the best results from your lift, but they are not dangerous. They are not large or strong enough to cause any damage just by migrating. If one is extruding, it could cause some pain if pulled, so protect it from getting caught on anything.
Broken threads are not a serious problem with thread lifts. They are rare, easily fixed, and pose no threat to your health.
While thread lifts are available, patients have many options that will yield better results and will act as a more permanent solution. If you’re interested in rejuvenating the appearance of your face, contact the experts at Cosmedical today to see how our team can go above and beyond the results of a threadlift!