When it comes to revitalising and rejuvenating your skin, there is a range of non-surgical options to choose from. From dermal fillers and threads to CO2 laser and anti-wrinkle injections, not to mention new procedures in development, it can be overwhelming to sift through the different options.
In this blog post, we’ll be exploring a skin revitalisation treatment you may not be familiar with, mono threads.
What are Mono Threads?
Mono threads are a non-surgical treatment that uses short floating monofilament threads to revitalise, tighten and strengthen the skin. The threads are made of Polydioxanone (PDO), an absorbable, biodegradable polymer that is inserted under the skin, often in a mesh-like pattern. Each thread is inserted into the target area to stimulate collagen production. Depending on the size of the treatment area, 10 – 30 threads may be used in each spot.
Mono threading can be used on any area of the body that has skin laxity or crepiness.
- Forehead and brows
- Neckline and jawline
- Under eyes
- Nasolabial folds
- Stomach area
- Above knees
While mono threads are a newer addition to our cosmetic range, the PDO threads have been used extensively in other procedures for over 30 years.
How do Mono Threads Work?
Mono threads strengthen and smooth the skin by stimulating the production of collagen in the targeted areas. Unlike dermal fillers which enhance the volume of the skin, mono threads provide a support structure by increasing collagen to create a tightening effect. Local anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area and the mono threads can be completed in 30 minutes – depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of mono threads required.
Mono threads are not to be confused with a thread lift. While both procedures provide a supportive structure, mono threads float under the skin to gradually stimulate collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin. Whereas a thread lift contours the face to reposition areas such as the cheek and jowls using small nylon-like points anchored beneath the skin. A thread lift is also a longer procedure and can take 1 – 2 hours.
How long does mono threading last?
The PDO threads are designed to dissolve over time. Patients can expect to see results 6 weeks after treatment as the new collagen is formed. The results will continue to develop over the next few months, and last from 12-18 months.
Who is a Suitable Candidate for Mono Threads?
Mono threads are used to treat women and men, aged 35 – 65, who are experiencing fine lines, thinning and some loss of skin volume. Ideally, candidates will have good skin quality and do not have a history of facial surgery. As mono threading is a minimally invasive treatment, patients usually have little to no downtime, but they should expect some swelling and bruising after the procedure.
Some patients may also choose to receive mono threads in conjunction with other non-surgical treatments such as dermal filler, botulinum toxin or laser rejuvenation.
Mono Threads at Cosmedic & Skin Centre
For any cosmetic procedure, invasive or otherwise, it’s important to work with experienced medical professionals. Our resident doctor, Dr Amie Grewal, is a passionate medical practitioner who holds a Diploma in Dermatology and would love to help you with your skin management plan. Our aesthetic nurses also have extensive experience and years of training to help you achieve your best skin yet.
If you would like to find out if mono threads will be right for you or to book your next treatment with Dr Amie, contact us online or call (07) 5588 4777.