A thread lift is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face.
SUITABLE CANDIDATES FOR THREAD LIFTS
-Healthy individuals aged 30-60 years with a good skin quality are candidates for thread lift procedures.
-Thread lifts are therefore best suited to patients who are dealing with mild to moderate, rather than severe, signs of skin laxity.
FACTS ABOUT THREAD LIFTS
-It is applied under local anesthesia
HOW LONG THREAD LIFTS LAST?
-Thread lifts last from 18-24 months
TYPES OF THREAD LIFTS
There are absorbable and non-absorbable threads.
Threads come in several different varieties: Barbed sutures, which are ideal for gathering skin (and therefore producing more lifting action) and straight or curved smooth sutures. Smooth sutures produce less of a lift, but they are excellent for collagen stimulation. Patients often have smooth sutures placed in strategic locations around their face (such as the corner of the mouth or along the brows) in order to target common problem areas where the signs of aging become particularly apparent. Barbed sutures, on the other hand, are placed near the hairline in order to gently pull back the skin and lift the cheeks and jowls.
HOW IS THREAD LIFTING DONE?
First, local anesthesia will be used to numb the areas that are going to be treated, then a small instrument (a thin cannula or needle) will be used to insert the threads below the skin. This entire process usually takes just 30 to 45 minutes, and the patient is free to return to work afterward.
What are the side Effects of Thread Lifts?
Pain: Minimal pain is felt during procedure.
Skin folding:They generally disappear within 3-7 days. In some cases recovery process may prolong up to 10-12 days.
Some patients will experience a little bit of soreness, redness and swelling after having a thread lift and therefore wish to take the rest of the day off, most can return to work immediately.