There are all sorts of scary-looking cosmetic treatments to smooth and rejuvenate the skin. One of the most eye-catching is mono threads. The procedure has seen a big increase in notoriety and interest ever since Hollywood star Eva Mendes shared a selfie on social media while undergoing the treatment in Beverly Hills.
So what does the treatment involve, and how does it work?
What Are Mono Threads?
In a nutshell, mono threads are inserted under the skin to stimulate collagen. They are a non-surgical alternative for age rejuvenation, skin tightening and lifting. The mono threads are made from microscopic polydioxanone, a material that dissolves and is absorbed by your body.
The threads are eventually replaced with new collagen, which is the most prevalent protein in your body and is considered the building blocks for your skin, bones, muscles, and ligaments. The threads are finely woven in a mesh-like pattern through the subdermal layer of the skin.
What Can Mono Threads Do?
The mono threads contract fatty tissue and muscle, which results in the appearance of instant skin tightening. The body’s natural ‘healing’ process promotes collagen, elastin production, and neovascularization which is the formation of new blood vessels that help renew your skin at a cellular level.
All of these elements contribute to giving you improved and softer skin texture, less fine lines and wrinkles and plumper, younger-looking skin. Collagen and elastin are the fibres that support the structure of the skin. Elastin keeps the skin nice and tight whilst collagen provides youthful firmness. These fibres are plentiful in young skin, but as the ageing process takes hold, they start to break down, which leads to your skin sagging and lines and folds to appear.
Mono threads tend to be more successful in the lower areas of the face, such as the neck, jawline, mid-face and chin; this is the area that naturally loosens first as we get older. This does not prevent other areas of the face from being treated; the forehead, bags under your eyes and the nasolabial folds and Marionette lines are also treated very successfully.
There are plenty of clinical studies that show correct layering of the threads provides positive and immediate results, strengthens the fibrous connective tissue and improves the dermal function.
Who Can Benefit From Mono Threading?
As with any procedure, you should have a proper consultation with your qualified doctor or therapist before committing to the treatment. The procedure is very popular with patients in their late 30s to mid-40s who are becoming aware that their skin tissue is thinning due to the breakdown of collagen, resulting in their skin sagging and wrinkles forming.
If you are looking for something beyond botox and fillers but are not prepared to go under the knife, then having regular mono threading treatments might be the answer for you. During your initial consultation, your doctor will discuss your medical history with you to ensure that you are not prone to scarring, have problems with healing, suffer from an autoimmune disease or have an allergy to the fibres used in the procedure.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Each mono threading appointment will take between 45 minutes and two hours. A medical-grade thread is inserted, which is then pulled tighter to give your skin a firmer appearance. Mono threading is much less invasive than a surgical facelift. It only requires using a local anaesthetic or numbing cream instead of a general anaesthetic, giving you a lot less downtime.
The collagen boost is a long term benefit, so not only will you have beautifully smooth skin, you’ll have plumper, more supple skin and a line-free face. The lifting effect is temporary and will last up to two years. Each thread is gently inserted under the skin with a very fine flexible cannula into the fat and muscle layers. You might feel a little light pressure or tightening under your skin.
Depending on the area of the face treated, the lifting effect is almost instantaneous. The process of producing collagen takes a lot longer, and your skin will become noticeably plumper over a period of months. Your skin will continually improve and become firmer and more youthful in appearance.
Are There Any Side Effects?
As your skin is naturally rich in blood vessels, it is expected that a little bit of bruising will occur but should only last for a couple of days after the treatment. As part of your post-procedure treatment, you can liberally apply arnica gel to the bruised areas a few times each day, helping speed up the healing process. It is unlikely, but if you experience any discomfort, then you can also take mild analgesics.
It’s important to be patient and careful with your skin after the procedure. Your doctor will recommend that you don’t sleep on the treated areas for about four days, don’t touch your face for at least five hours, avoid dental treatments for a week and don’t have any other facial treatments for about a month. You will see immediate results; it’s important to remember that the collagen will start to work in around two weeks and then continue to improve.
Can You Use Mono Threads Elsewhere?
Mono threads can be used on other parts of your body to improve lift, such as your bottom and thighs for cellulite treatment or your decolletage area. Some doctors maintain that it can help acne scarring by improving the texture of the skin.
While those squeamish about needles may be put off, mono threads can be an effective way to rejuvenate the skin and achieve a firmer and younger-looking complexion.