Korean Thread Lift: the new facelift for a youthful appearance

Written by: Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh
Published: | Updated: 28/02/2020
Edited by: Laura Burgess

For women looking to turn back the clock there is a new minimally invasive procedure available that gives an instant facelift without having to go under the knife. The Korean Thread Lift uses PDO threads that are inserted deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production and tighten sagging skin. The procedure is so quick that it can even be done during a lunch break.

Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh is a pioneer in non-surgical treatments for the face. He has even collaborated with Cindy Crawford to create the bestselling skincare range Meaningful Beauty®. Who better than the cosmetic doctor himself to explain what happens during a K Thread Lift and how long the results of the facial rejuvenation procedure lasts.

Woman's face, having a beauty treatment.

What effect does the K Thread Lift have on the skin?

The K Thread Lift uses Korean threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO) that tighten sagging skin tissue once they have been inserted into the deeper layers of the skin. Once introduced they have the following effects:

  • Instant skin lifting – through mechanical effects
  • Cellular renewal – through collagen stimulation to improve skin texture, fine lines and elasticity
  • Skin tightening – by contracting fat tissue


How is the K Thread Lift performed?

The skin is numbed with an infusion of local anaesthesia and the PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles (cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once these have been inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off. The procedure takes between 15-45 minutes, but depends on the areas being treated. There may be some discomfort during the K Thread Lift.


What areas are suitable for PDO threads? Is it just the face?

Even though the K Thread Lift is typically performed on the lower face, jawline and mid-face, the PDO threads can also be used for a:

  • Brow lift
  • Neck lift
  • Inner thigh lift
  • Upper inner arm lift


How long do the results of a K Thread Lift last?

The results of a K Thread Lift are immediate. The threads provide support to lift skin in its new position, leaving it looking slightly tighter than the final result. Within a week it will begin to look much more natural.

The rejuvenating effects kick in after one to two months. The results reveal a better skin texture with firmer and smoother skin.

Around nine months after the treatment, the threads would have dissolved but the results will still continue for many more months.


Who is suitable for the face-lifting treatment?

The K Thread Lift is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin of the face and neck. The candidate has to be willing to undergo some injections. It is best suited for women and men who are unwilling to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery but want to look refreshed and naturally lifted.


Is the K Thread Lift safe?

The K Thread Lift is surprisingly safe. The PDO threads are non-surgically inserted using blunt needles and are absorbed within nine months. There may be slight bruising, which depends on the areas treated.

There will be some mild swelling and soreness for three to five days after the procedure and a sensation of mild tightness for up to two weeks. Mild dimpling of the skin can also occur that is only temporary and resolves within a few days.

More serious side effects are rare although they can occur. These include infection, nerve damage, formation of nodules and damage to the salivary ducts.

In some cases such as migration and extrusion, removal of threads may be required. I previously had to remove some threads from my patients as some of the PDO unidirectional barb threads did not hook on well enough. There was no scarring after removal and the problems completely resolved.


Do not hesitate to book an appointment with Dr Sebagh now if you’re considering the K Thread Lift. Watch a video showing Dr Sebagh performing the procedure now. You can learn more about Dr Sebagh and his skincare range here.

Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh

By Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh
Aesthetic medicine

Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh is one of the premier cosmetic doctors in Europe and a pioneer in non-surgical treatments for the face. Described by Vanity Fair as “a world expert in medical anti-aging” and nicknamed "King of Botox" by Tatler, Dr Sebagh coined the term aging-maintenance to describe an approach to treatment which aims to restore the patient’s previous appearance rather than change it, and achieve a youthful appearance for longer. He is best known for his collaboration with Cindy Crawford on Meaningful Beauty®, a bestselling line of skincare treatments aimed at preserving existing youth and vibrancy.

In his London clinic, Dr Sebagh treats a high-profile clientele of celebrities, models, and socialites. The clinic specialises in offering flexible, non-invasive treatments (including exclusive treatments such as the Ultralift and the K Thread Lift), which have the benefit of an exceptionally fast turnaround time and can be completed during lunch. Dr Sebagh also maintains a practice in Paris and travels between the two locations each week.

Dr Sebagh originally graudated from the University of Paris in 1979, where he earned his Medical Doctorate and became a qualified Cosmetic Facial Surgeon in 1992. From 1985-1988 he spent three years in Los Angeles under one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons. In addition to his clinical practice, he has served as President of the French Laser Medical Association (1986) and President of the French Society of Aesthetic Cosmetic and Surgery (1989-1992).

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