Looking for a non-surgical way to achieve a more youthful appearance? Thread lifts are a popular option, but with so many thread types available, choosing the right one can be confusing. This blog is here to shed light on the pros and cons of three popular thread types – PDO Mint, Silhouette Soft and APTOS threads - to help you understand which might be a better fit for your goals.

Understanding the Thread Options

  • PDO Threads (MINT):
    • Offer a better initial lift and are Ideal for neck lifting due to their insertion points.
    • Stimulate collagen production, but the type of collagen may not be as beneficial as that produced by Silhouette Soft Thread Lifts
    • Recovery tends to involve more swelling and puckering compared to Silhouette Soft.
    • Insertion points are located at the hairline, making them easier to conceal.
  • Silhouette Soft Threads:
    • Provide a more subtle initial lift, but the results tend to last longer due to the stimulation of a more resilient type of collagen.
    • Not as effective for lifting the neck and therefore a combination with Mint PDO threads can be considered for this area.
    • Insertion points are located in the mid-cheek, which can lead to visible dimples during recovery. This dimpling will fully resolve after a week.
    • Generally experience less swelling but more bruising compared to MINT threads (except MINT mono threads used in the neck area).
  • Aptos threads:
  • These threads boast the longest-lasting results (18-24 months) due to their unique material combination (PLA, PCL) and barbed design that physically lifts and anchors sagging tissue.
  • They are ideal for addressing moderate to severe concerns like deep wrinkles, jowls, and volume

Brow Lifting with Threads

It is important to note that while eyebrow thread lifts can give a great-looking result – results will only last up to 6 months. To optimize the outcome and prevent muscles from pulling against the threads, thread lift procedures on the brow should be combined with muscle relaxing injections.

Recovery After Thread Lifts

While most people can return to work within a week after treatment, a complete recovery can take up to 6 weeks depending on individual factors. A helpful rule of thumb is to expect 1 day of recovery per thread inserted. At Dr Leah Clinic we offer expert lymphatic drainage massage to help speed up recovery and reduce swelling.

  • Silhouette Soft: Recovery challenges often involve visible dimples at the insertion points in the mid-cheek for the duration of recovery. There is no pain during the procedure and less swelling compared to MINT threads, but bruising is more common, however this should resolve after a week.
  • MINT Threads: Recovery focuses on managing swelling, pain, and puckering. Insertion points are located at the hairline, making them easier to conceal. Slight discomfort can occur in the days after this procedure and pain relievers are often recommended in the first few days after treatment.

Pain During and After Thread Lifts

Neither procedure is inherently painful. Local anesthetic is administered before insertion, which might cause a stinging sensation. You may feel some pressure and pulling during the procedure, but it shouldn't be very painful.

  • Silhouette Soft: Generally well-tolerated, with occasional nerve-like twinges that may require pain relievers in rare instances.
  • MINT Threads: Can be more uncomfortable, with nerve-like twinges lasting up to 2 weeks after treatment. Pain relievers are often recommended for the first 3 days.

Why Choose Dr. Leah Clinic for Your Thread Lift

Dr. Leah Clinic is a leader in thread lifting, led by Dr. Leah Totton, a recognised global thread lift specialist. Dr. Totton boasts the most thread lift procedures performed by any individual UK doctor and is highly experienced in both PDO and Silhouette Soft threads. She is a national thread lift trainer and sits on the medical board for Sinclair Pharma, advising on the management of thread lift complications in the UK. Dr. Leah is a passionate advocate for patient safety and has campaigned for improved regulation of the cosmetic sector, including thread lift procedures. She has raised awareness of unscrupulous practices and concerns regarding inadequate UK training for thread lifts, which can result in practitioners lacking the confidence or competence to perform the treatment effectively.

Unlike clinics offering a generic approach, Dr. Leah Clinic prioritises personalisation. Their team of skilled doctors conducts in-depth consultations to understand your specific concerns and recommend the most suitable thread type, be it Aptos, Silhouette Soft, or PDO, to achieve your desired outcome. Dr. Leah's philosophy further elevates the patient experience. Her focus is on achieving subtle yet impactful improvements that enhance your natural features, ensuring a refreshed yet undeniably you look. This commitment to natural-looking results was recognized in 2023 when Dr. Leah Clinic won the prestigious Best Transformation award for a thread lift procedure.

Book you Thread Lift Treatment at Dr Leah Clinic today!

Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed those pesky signs of aging creeping in? We get it. Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can leave you feeling less than your most confident self. But before you resign yourself to a traditional facelift with its lengthy downtime, let's explore a revolutionary option: thread lifts. Over this next week, we will be running a series of blogs answering your top questions about thread-lifting starting with a guide on Aptos threads - the champions of long-lasting results (up to 24 months!).

A Guide to Aptos thread lifts While traditional facelifts offer dramatic results, they often involve extensive procedures and significant downtime. Thankfully, innovative solutions like Aptos threads have emerged, providing a minimally invasive approach to combat the signs of aging and facial sagging. Dr. Leah Clinic has established itself as a Centre of Excellence for thread lifting procedures in the UK with our expertise spanning various thread types, including Aptos, Silhouette Soft, and PDO threads, allowing us the ability to tailor the thread treatment to your specific needs. But what exactly are the Aptos threads, and what is the science behind them?

How long does Aptos thread lift Last? – the Thread Lift that Lasts! Aptos threads boast the longest-lasting results out of all thread lifting types -up to 24 months!

Aptos threads offer a minimally invasive approach to facial rejuvenation. Imagine tiny threads with strategically placed barbs, acting like anchors to physically lift and reposition sagging tissues. This translates to immediate visible results, especially for deeper wrinkles, jowls, and volume loss.

While the physical lifting is the primary function of the barbs, both PLA and PCL used in Aptos threads have an additional benefit. As the body gradually breaks down these materials over time, it triggers the natural process of collagen production. Collagen is a vital protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin. Increased collagen production helps improve skin texture, firmness, and overall youthful appearance in the treated areas. The combination of immediate lifting and long-term collagen stimulation contributes to the long-lasting results (18-24 months). Some versions of Aptos threads also incorporate hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance that attracts and binds water molecules, offering additional hydration and volumisation benefits.

What is the difference between Aptos and PDO threads? For a safe and effective approach to lifting and tightening your skin, Mint PDO threads are a great choice as they offer instant and dramatic lifting of the face and neck, however, If longer-lasting results are your priority then APTOS or Silhouette Soft threads might be a better fit. Another key difference with Aptos threads are their Barbed design. Unlike PDO and Silhouette Soft threads, Aptos threads often have smooth or slightly textured surfaces, Aptos threads primarily use barbs strategically placed along their length. These barbs act like tiny anchors, grabbing onto sagging tissues and physically lifting and repositioning them in a desired position. 

Unlocking Your Youthful Potential at Dr. Leah Clinic
If you're considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation, Dr. Leah Clinic offers a personalised and effective approach. With their expertise in Aptos, Silhouette Soft, and PDO threads, they can guide you toward the most suitable solution to your concern.

 Schedule a consultation today and explore the possibilities of regaining your confidence with an Aptos thread lift at Dr Leah Clinic.


Urinary incontinence, a condition affecting millions worldwide, can significantly impact your daily life and self-confidence. If you're seeking a non-invasive and effective solution to treat bladder weakness, the Emsella treatment at Dr Leah Clinic is a highly effective solution to quickly resolve this issue.

What is Emsella Treatment?

The Emsella is a revolutionary chair-like device that utilises high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology. The Emsella Chair, pelvic floor machine is an advanced medical device that looks like an ordinary chair that uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate and tighten the pelvic floor muscles quickly. Strengthening the weakened pelvic floor muscles restores bladder control and eradicates urinary incontinence for good. This technology delivers thousands of powerful pelvic floor muscle contractions in a single 30-minute session to the equivalent of 11,000 kegel exercises in just one comfortable sitting!

Benefits of Emsella Treatment:

  • Non-invasive and painless: Unlike surgery or other invasive procedures, Emsella offers a comfortable and pain-free experience.
  • No downtime or recovery: You can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment.
  • Safe and effective: Emsella is FDA-approved and clinically proven to treat various forms of incontinence, including stress, urge, and mixed incontinence.
  • Improved sexual function: Emsella may also enhance sexual function in women by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

Who is a Candidate for Emsella Treatment and what does it treat?

If you experience any of the following, you might be a good candidate for Emsella:

  • Leaking urine during activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising (stress incontinence)
  • Sudden and strong urges to urinate, even after emptying your bladder (urge incontinence)
  • Mixed incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Vaginal laxity
  • Orgasmic dysfunction

What to Expect During the Treatment:

  1. Consultation: Dr. Leah's team will assess your situation and determine if Emsella is suitable for you.
  2. Treatment: Comfortably seated on the Emsella chair, you'll experience gentle muscle contractions during the 30-minute session.
  3. Recovery: There's no downtime, so you can resume your normal activities right away.

Results and Cost at Dr. Leah Clinic:

While some experience improvement after a single session, optimal results are typically achieved after a series of six treatments spread over 2-3 weeks. Dr. Leah Clinic offers competitive pricing for Emsella treatment, with 40 percent off this March.

Empowering You to Take Control

Regaining bladder control can significantly improve your quality of life and confidence. The Emsella treatment at Dr. Leah Clinic offers a safe, effective, and convenient solution to help you achieve just that. Contact Dr. Leah Clinic today to schedule a consultation and explore the possibilities of Emsella treatment.

Book your Emsella treatment HERE with the experts at Dr Leah Clinic today!


At Dr Leah Clinic we understand the demands of motherhood. Between juggling work and family, it's easy to let self-care take a backseat. So this Mother's Day, let's change that! Dr Leah Clinic is offering exclusive discounts on four of our most popular treatments for mums of all ages - allowing you or your loved one to relax, rejuvenate, and put wellbeing first.

Emsella Treatment: 40% Off

Emsella is a great treatment for mums of all ages who are keen to tighten pelvic floor muscles or to help women who suffer from urinary incontinence.

The Emsella chair addresses the common postpartum concern -urinary incontinence, in a non-invasive and comfortable way by tightening pelvic floor muscles quickly and effectively to regain bladder control and confidence without the need for surgery. 

The Science: Emsella is a chair the patients sit on fully clothed with the chair using high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles, strengthening them and improving bladder control. Each session is the equiviliant to 11,000 kegals.

• Treats: Urinary incontinence, a common concern affecting women of all ages.

• Benefits:

• Improves bladder control and reduces leaks.

• Non-invasive and pain-free procedure.

• Safe and effective for all ages.
Click HERE for your Emsella consultation


Profhilo Treatment:15 percent off

Give Yourself (or Mum) the Gift of Glowing Skin with Profhilo - the ultimate skin booster treatment.

The Science: Profhilo uses injectable hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin, to deeply hydrate and stimulate collagen production, resulting in smooth, glowing skin.

• Treats: Fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydrated skin.

• Benefits:

• Hydrates and improves skin quality.

• Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

• Boosts collagen production.
Click HERE for your Profhilo consultation

Ipixel Laser Treatment: 20% Off

Help Yourself (or Mum) Reveal a Brighter You with Ipixel skin resurfacing laser.

The Science: Ipixel uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to target and break down pigment clusters in the skin, revealing a brighter, more even complexion.

• Treats: Uneven skin tone, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.

• Benefits:

• Improves skin texture and tone.

• Reduces sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

• Stimulates collagen production.
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Hair removal: 50 percent off

Treat your mum or yourself to smooth skin - with 16 weeks until the start of Summer now is the time to start  a Laser Hair Removal course  for hair-free skin.

The science: Soprano ICE laser offers a gentle yet highly effective solution to hair removal . Its advanced technology combines multiple wavelengths and cooling for comfortable treatments that achieve long-lasting results, making it a leader in the hair removal industry.

Our Laser Hair Removal treatment;

  • Is Hailed as the best laser hair removal treatment available globally!
  • Utilises award-winning, pain-free technology
  • Is safe for all skin colours

Click HERE for your hair removal course

Don't wait! Book your appointment today and make this Mother's Day one to remember.