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Sugar Thread Facelift & Brow Lift

The sugar thread brow and facelift is performed by placing tensor threads in different areas of the face. The threads act similar to barbs which grip the surrounding tissue as they are lifted upwards. They act as an anchor to pull the skin upwards, resulting in an immediately lifted appearance. These threads are dissolvable (polydioxanone (PDO) is a sugar derivative) and therefore broken down by our bodies over time. Once they are inserted, the body’s natural healing process is triggered which stimulates collagen production. This collagen results in a more youthful and elevated brow, mid-face, or lower face. 

At FCP Dermatology, the sugar thread face and brow lift is performed by our Double Board-Certified Surgical Dermatologist, Dr. Kristy Bailey. Dr. Bailey has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and specialized training in thread lifts and other surgical cosmetic procedures. Dr. Bailey has travelled internationally to hone the skills required to perform this procedure. Trust only a highly trained and experienced Surgical Dermatologist to execute this mini face & brow lift procedure. 

Facelift and Brow Lift Treatment Benefits

Sugar Thread Facelift and Brow Lift Treatment Benefits

The sugar thread lift is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure. The sugar-based thread with wing-like barbs is placed into the skin, where its wings grab onto and approximate the sagging skin, resulting in a firmer, tighter appearance. Sugar threads work in two ways. First, sugar threads lift and reposition sagging skin. Second, the threads stimulate collagen production resulting in long-term improvement of overall skin tightness. The threads are safe, dissolvable, and sterile. PDO threads are small threads made from a sugar molecule that is identical to the suture material used in surgery. When placed underneath the skin, the threads activate the reparative cells which trigger the production of new fibres of collagen and elastin.

Skin Revitalization

The threads stimulate fibroblasts, which produce collagen and elastin. These fibers increase the elasticity and density of tissues.

Firmness (lifting effect)

The end result of the PDO sugar thread lift is an elevated brow, mid-face, or lower face without surgery.

Aging Reversed

Reverses signs of aging by lifting and tightening sagging skin, without leaving scars. PDO threads have little downtime.

Smoothness and Luminosity

These facial threads also stimulate circulation, so the skin is more oxygenated, smooth, and luminous.

Facelift and Brow Lift Treatment Details

Who is a good candidate for a facelift and brow lift?

People who are looking for a surgical alternative and wish to delay the onset of facial aging may benefit from the PDO thread lift procedure. The procedure is appropriate for anyone wishing to enhance the tautness and texture of loose skin. PDO threads are especially effective for those looking to lift the jowls, lower face and brow. 

Generally, men and women suffering from mild to moderate sagging skin on the face are suitable candidates for this procedure.

Areas that can be treated include:

  • Cheeks
  • Jawline
  • Eyebrow and upper eyelid lifting
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Facelift and Brow Lift Treatment Experience
What To Expect During a Sugar Thread Facelift or Brow lift Procedure

Dr. Bailey will perform a careful analysis of your face, and precisely mark the areas where the threads will be inserted. A local anesthetic will be injected into the treatment area to avoid any discomfort. We will use a long cannula (a blunt-tipped needle) to carefully and precisely insert the PDO threads after the anesthetic has taken effect. As the thread moves through the tissue underneath the skin, it lifts and firms the surrounding tissues. The number of threads used will depend on the skin’s condition and the areas that need to be treated. The threads anchor the skin upward, keeping it lifted. This is a minimally invasive procedure that takes 45 minutes to an hour.

Before the procedure – A cosmetic consultation will be done with our team of skin experts to determine if PDO threads are the right option for you. A careful analysis of your face will be performed, and the appropriate treatment will be determined. At this point, we will advise you of the number of threads necessary to achieve your desired result.

During the procedure – The treatment area will be thoroughly disinfected, and a local anesthetic is applied to ease discomfort. A small incision will be made, and the threads will be inserted with a blunt-ended needle called a cannula. The threads will be anchored into place and lifted. 

After the procedure – PDO threads are considered minimally invasive, allowing patients to return to normal activities post-treatment. Patients are advised to avoid rubbing or touching the treated area to ensure the threads stay in place. Avoid drinking or smoking as this can hinder your body’s natural healing process. At FCP Dermatology, we schedule a 2-week follow-up appointment to monitor your progress. 

Your expert Dermatologist

Meet Our Double Board-Certified Dermatologist

Our Dermatologist

A life dedicated to Dermatology and skin care

Dr. Kristy Bailey is a Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Medical Director and Founder of FCP Dermatology. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology and is recognized as an expert in cosmetic injectables and minimally invasive procedures. 

Her vision was for a world-class facility where patients can feel safe, comfortable, and pampered. A little oasis in the busy financial district, where everyone leaves looking more rested and youthful. 

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Dr. Kristy Bailey


Dermatology Treatments

We offer a wide range of Dermatology treatments

We offer over 40 different dermatology and skin care treatments including; Botox, filler, facials, peels, body rejuvenation, face lifts, brow lifts, mole removal, wart removal, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, skin boosters, Radiesse filler, Sculptra, Belkyra Deoxycholic Acid, PRP treatment, botox for hyperhidrosis, Sclerotherapy for spider veins, hydrafacials, medical microneedling, carbon peels, vampire facials, green peels, skin tightening, melasma treatments, hyperpigmentation treatments, skin resurfacing and much more.

Specialists in Facelift & Brow Lift Treatments

FCP Dermatology is your Toronto Dermatology Clinic! Learn more about Sugar Thread Facelift treatments by contacting us!

All treatments are overseen by our Dermatologist

There are hundreds of nerves and arteries in your face and only a Board-Certified Dermatologist should be trusted to inject it.

At FCP Dermatology, all of our injections are performed by our Double-Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kristy Bailey, MD, FRCPC, DABD.

Facelift and Browlift FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about FaceLift and Browlift

A sugar threaded facelift, also known as a sugar lift or sugar thread lift, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that aims to lift and tighten the facial skin using dissolvable sugar threads. These threads are made of a biocompatible material called polydioxanone (PDO), which stimulates collagen production and provides structural support to the skin, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance.r eyelid lifting

During a sugar threaded facelift, thin sugar threads are inserted into the skin using a fine needle. These threads create a lifting and tightening effect by physically lifting the sagging skin and stimulating collagen production. Over time, the PDO threads dissolve naturally, but the collagen production stimulated by them helps to maintain the lifted and youthful appearance.

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a cosmetic procedure performed to elevate the position of the eyebrows and reduce the appearance of sagging or furrowed brow lines. It is done to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance in the upper face.

There are different techniques for performing a brow lift, including traditional surgical methods and minimally invasive approaches. In the traditional method, an incision is made either at the hairline or within the scalp, and the underlying tissues and muscles are adjusted to lift the brows. Minimally invasive techniques, such as endoscopic brow lifts, involve smaller incisions and the use of specialized instruments to achieve the desired brow elevation.

They are especially indicated in areas with mild or moderate skin sagging. Areas that can be treated are:

- Cheeks
- Jawline
- Eyebrow and upper eyelid lifting

PDO threads are considered a cosmetic procedure, not covered by any insurance providers. 

On average, patients will need 4-6 threads on each side of the face. The number of threads will increase with the age of the patient and the severity of the sagging skin.

The benefits of a brow lift can include:

  • Elevated and repositioned eyebrows
  • Reduction of forehead wrinkles and frown lines
  • Restored youthful and refreshed appearance
  • Improved symmetry of the eyebrows and upper face
  • Potential improvement in vision if sagging brows were obstructing the vision.

At FCP Dermatology, the sugar thread facelift is performed by our Double Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Kristy Bailey. Dr. Bailey has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, and the training and experience to provide expert results.

In general, thread lifts are considered low-risk procedures with minimal recovery time when performed by an experienced Surgical Dermatologist. Some patients may experience some side effects following the procedure: 

  • Swelling 
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness where the threads were inserted

These side effects typically resolve after 2-3 days but in some cases last up to 2 weeks.

This minimally invasive procedure can provide patients with a lifted effect for up to 2 to 4 years. The collagen produced by the threads is permanent, however our bodies continue to lose collagen over time.

Some benefits of a sugar threaded facelift include:

  • Non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure
  • Improved skin tightness and texture
  • Lifted and rejuvenated appearance
  • Stimulates natural collagen production
  • Little to no downtime compared to traditional facelift surgery
  • Results can last several months to a year, depending on the individual.

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