What are thread lifts?
A thread lift, often called the “lunch time face lift” is a minimally invasive procedure designed to raise the brows and cheeks, neck, jowls, and soften lines around the mouth and nose. Thread lift is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. Thread lifts are extremely effective for reducing the early signs of aging, and they produce lasting, natural looking results. The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a more subtle rejuvenation.
Am I a Candidate?
Suitable candidates for a thread lift procedure are those who are experiencing mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties.
Before Surgery – Prior to your procedure, it is important to clearly set out your expectations with a cosmetic surgeon. While a thread lift can deliver great results, it may be the case that you require a more invasive face lift procedure to achieve the desired results.
The Surgical Procedure
During surgery, small 1-2mm incisions will be made at various points on the face. A hollow needle will then be inserted into the skin to put the threads in place. The threads are attached to the fat underneath the skin, and will then be adjusted to tighten and smooth the contours of your face.
The threads are inserted in a transverse pattern, where they can be raised and adjusted in order to lift the skin to a more flattering position. Each individual thread is attached to the tissues of the face, and over time, the threads become secure as the bodies own collagen begins to anchor them into place. As a thread lift only requires a tiny opening in the skin, there is little or no scarring following treatment. A thread lift procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of areas being treated and the type of threads used.
The end result is a subtle, but noticeable improvement in facial contour.
What to expect after surgery
A thread lift is performed in just under an hour, hence the name “lunch time” lift and patients can return home almost immediately. No skin is actually removed during a thread lift, only local aesthetic is required, and recovery is brief. One of the benefits of a thread lift is that the individual threads can easily be removed or adjusted at a later time. If there is any asymmetry following the procedure, only a slight adjustment is necessary to correct the problem.
Recovery – Post-procedure you may experience some slight bruising and swelling, which usually settles in a few days. Recovery is generally quick, with most patients returning to work the next day or after a few days rest, although you may find that your facial movement is limited for the first week or two.
Benefits – A thread lift procedure uses various different types of suture threads to help lift and tighten the skin. This process helps to raise the outer brow area, reduce jowling along the jawline, and reduce sagging in the cheeks, naso-labial (nose to mouth) folds and the lower eye areas.
Risks and Complications – There are few potential side effects to a thread lift procedure as the treatment is not as invasive as other lifting procedures. The area treated will often be sore with some swelling, bruising or puffiness for a few days.
Brows – brow line lifting
Cheeks – cheek fat repositioning and contouring
Nasal flare – correct for widely flared nostrils and improve nasal shape
Nasolabial folds – lift and tighten cheek contours to reduce nasolabial folds
Lips – improve lip shape and contours
Jowls – lift lower jaw area to improve and tighten jowl shape and contour
Neckline – reduce turkey neck effect and return youthful contours to neckline.