Non-Surgical Brow Lift Using Barbed Suture Technology (Thread Lift)

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IIWAM Aesthetic Education (previously known as Aesthetic Academy Asia) provides evidence-based Aesthetic Medical courses with Dual International Certificates for Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses & Certified Aestheticians. In our previous article, we spoke about Botox as an option for a non-surgical brow lift.

(Read the blog here- Non-Surgical Brow Lift Using Fillers)

Do you know that barbed sutures (thread lift) can also be used for a non-surgical brow lift?

About thread lift

Thread lift, or barbed suture technology, is a skin tightening technique used for lifting loose skin resulting from aging or weight fluctuation. It uses threads (sutures) made from materials used in surgery to close wounds. In this procedure, threads are placed under the skin using fine surgical needles, to tighten and lift loose or sagging areas in various parts of the face and body including the eyebrow thereby rejuvenating the overall skin. The threads have cogs which helps to hook onto the skin and when it is inserted and pulled back, it gives a “face-lift” kind of effect. There are different materials that are used in this barbed-suture technology – ranging from Polydioxanone (PDO), Polycaprolactone (PCL), Polylactic Acid (PLA) and even Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

 Online Thread Lift training

What are PDO threads?

PDO threads are a synthetic absorbable surgical suture composed of polydioxanone (PDO) - a colorless, hypoallergenic, biocompatible synthetic polymer that is 100% absorbable. The polydioxanone threads are absorbed into the body over 6 – 10 months. The polydioxanone thread and all other thread types usually come in a variety of lengths, shapes, and thicknesses. Their cogs are also placed in different directions such a multidirectional, bidirectional, or spiral for different effects. There are also threads without cogs that helps in just giving volumizing effects and reduces facial lines & folds. They stimulate fibroblasts for the overall increased production of collagen in a targeted area and have been proven to be extremely safe.

PDO thread lift is a semi-invasive and non-surgical method used for lifting sagging skin of the face. Areas treated with this method include the eyebrows, the cheeks, the jowls, and the neck. Small threads are inserted into the area of the face being treated. The barbs when inserted form a support structure that lifts the sagging tissue.

Knowing how to use them correctly and effectively comes with experience, skill, and knowledge. Although procedures using polydioxanone (PDO) threads can seem simple, they require advanced skills to use them effectively and safely.

How is eyebrow lift using PDO threads done?

During the procedure, the trained and qualified aesthetic practitioner marks the area to be treated. A local anaesthetic is used to prevent pain or discomfort during the treatment. PDO threads are inserted into the layers of skin around the eyebrows with a sharp or blunt tip cannula or needles. Once the threads are inserted and anchored in the skin layers, the threads are lifted which results in a successful brow lift and a tightened skin. After the procedure is complete, the needles or cannula are removed and any excess threads are cut off. The PDO threads, since made of collagen, dissolve over time, usually within 6 months. However, the treatment effect however may last for a longer period of time, based on the patient’s age, skin condition, and the expertise of the aesthetician. A well trained aesthetician should be able to perform this non-surgical treatment without any severe discomfort or complications.

The non-surgical brow lift procedures should be performed by certified aesthetic practitioners who are skilled in this treatment. This is crucial because the needles or threads if inserted in the wrong plane, can cause skin dimpling, contour irregularities, infections, and redness. Another risk is that improper technique can not only lead to swelling and lumpiness but also more serious side effects such as damage to the parotid duct, facial vessels & nerves.

 Online Thread Lift training courses

About IIWAM training in a non-surgical brow lift.

As always, the practitioner must undergo proper training in facial aesthetics to understand the procedure, the product, and the patient. Equally, he/she must know the benefits, risks, and counter-measures to correct complications. IIWAM also offers an Online Aesthetic Certification programme for Non-Surgical Body Sculpting, Advanced Dermal Filler Training (Restylane, Juvéderm, Teosyal, Bellotero), Advanced Botulinum Toxin Training (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), Skin Booster Training (Restylane Skin Booster, Profhilo, Rejuran), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Training, and Thread Lift Training (PDO, Aptos, Happy Lift). At IIWAM, our trainers pay utmost attention to teaching the following subjects in non-surgical brow lift under Online Thread Lift training courses.

  • Anatomy behind a non-surgical brow lift 

  • Methods & techniques for non-surgical brow lift 

  • How to insert threads for non-surgical brow lift 

  • Risks of PDO threads in non-surgical brow lift 

  • Surgical versus non-surgical brow lift

About IIWAM Aesthetic Education

At IIWAM, we provide an International Aesthetic Certification program and also Advanced Online Aesthetic Courses for Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Aestheticians, and Spa Owners in the field of Aesthetic Medicine.

Our Institute is based in Malaysia and has international students from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. With our insignia of “Be Certified, Be Recognized”, we develop knowledgeable, skilled, and confident aesthetic practitioners of international repute. Our Aesthetic training focuses on teaching the principles of Aesthetic procedures before venturing into Aesthetic clinical skills. IIWAM training Programs are a combination of Onsite Training, LIVE Online Webinars, and Online Learning. IIWAM is the first Institute in the World to have its Programs assured by City & Guilds of London and certified by European International University. IIWAM is also a registered CPD Training provider with CPD Standards Office in the UK and by CPD Malaysian Medical Association.

Onboard is our Assoc. Prof Dr. Morthy, the lead trainer, medical director of the International Institute of Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (IIWAM), formerly known as Aesthetic Academy Asia ( In the Aesthetic part of our Institute, we provide Advanced Aesthetic Medical Procedures that are Safe, Effective, and Affordable, offering a wide range of specialized treatment for All Your Aesthetic Needs.

(Also read about: Thread Lifts for Non-Surgical Facelift)