PDO thread-lifting

The answer to sagging jowls

Dr Victoria and Dr Charlotte are two of the most experienced thread lift specialists in the UK, and River Aesthetics is recognised as a thread-lifting centre of excellence.

Our signature treatment is the River Lift, which restores natural facial balance and softens the signs of ageing using a combination of threads and cosmetic injectables. While mainly used to achieve facial rejuvenation, River Aesthetics have also pioneered the UK’s first breast lift using threads.


What areas can be treated with the River Lift?

The River lift can be used to enhance and improve the appearance of a sagging neck, sagging cheeks and jowls and droopy eyebrows. We can personalise your treatment to suit your exact needs and ensure you are totally happy with the results.

Who is a thread lift suitable for?

A thread lift is suited to men and women between the ages of 40 and 70.

The procedure is most effective on skin that has minimal sagging and offers the best results for cheeks, jowls, brows and the neck area. If you are looking for results that are more effective and long lasting than Botox and other fillers, then a thread lift is the ideal choice.

If you are put off by traditional surgery or don’t want general anaesthetic, then a thread lift is great as it is minimally invasive and can be carried out under local anaesthetic.

What are the advantages of a thread lift?

The great thing about a thread lift is that it offers quick recovery together with excellent results.

This procedure requires a minimum amount of non-invasive surgery and leaves no scarring. Local anaesthetic is all that is needed and there is no hospital stay either. Another good factor about the thread lift is that it is much more affordable than a regular face lift, and the results are long lasting.

If you are looking for a quick and effective solution to a range of aging problems then a thread lift is the perfect solution.

How does it work?

A thread lift is a type of face lift that is often referred to as the ‘lunch hour lift’. This is down to its simplicity and the time it takes to carry out the procedure.

A tiny entry will be made by the ear then fine threads are advanced along pre-marked contours.

The threads are made from polydioxanone (PDO) – the same material used for medical stitches – which dissolve naturally in the body over time.

Once the threads are in place, your body starts to produce new bundles of collagen around each thread and this in turn creates a subtle yet effective lift. The results differ for each person, but are very natural giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look. There is no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.

What are the risks?

No surgical procedure is without risk, but the level of risk is often down to the expertise and experience of the doctor carrying out your procedure. Thread lifts can cause minor side effects such as infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness and slight asymmetry.

How long does a thread lift take?

A typical thread lift procedure takes as little as one hour, but it depends on the number of threads the doctor uses and the areas being treated.

What happens after the procedure?

After the procedure we will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow. Most patients experience some mild swelling and bruising, but this should settle quickly. Recovery time is usually less than one week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks.


How long do the results last?

A thread lift’s lasting power depends on the age of the patient at the time of procedure and how much sagging the thread lift has corrected. It should be noted that sagging will return over time, but many doctors report that the results last for anything between 2 and 3 years. To extend the results it is possible to have additional threads inserted and your doctor can advise you when this is required.

I would absolutely recommend River Aesthetic to anyone. I deliberated for a couple of years about what to do about my lower face and diminishing jawline definition. I was not brave enough to have a facelift – could not afford the down time, but had wasted enough money on wonder creams and serums. The PDO thread lift was the perfect solution yielding immediate results which continue to improve over the months. My experience was such a positive one that I would like to share it with other people who are still undecided or nervous.
Does it hurt? No, slightly uncomfortable that is all. Does it take long? Not at all and no down time needed but I would recommend a Friday treatment if you work.
Is it expensive? No more than a couple of decent handbags or pairs of shoes – which are only worn or used for a couple of months. I thought my face is on show 24/7 so definitely worth the investment.
The doctors? Awesome, could not be better. I was so nervous driving to the clinic, but the doctors just filled me with confidence. Very professional but so easy to talk to. The procedure was clearly explained, and I loved the idea that they are qualified doctors in medicine – not beauticians.
This is my genuine reflection and experience. If I can give someone else who is going through the should I or shouldn’t I stage the confidence to Go For It, that would be great. I love to share good things, so be the best you can be. Thank you Drs Victoria & Charlotte X

Before and after a 4-point lift using PDO threads

Before and after 4 point lift using PDO threads

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