A thread-lift, also known as feather lift surgery, is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on your face, a thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. 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.
As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces. The supporting tissue of the cheeks weakens, facial fat is lost, the jawline that used to be firm and tight forms jowls, the edges of the mouth drift down towards the chin, and the lower face and neck sags. 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.
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.
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 excess thread is trimmed so it does not appear above the skin surface. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Am I a Candidate For Thread-Lift?
Suitable candidates for thread-lift surgery are normally women and men aged 35 to 65 who want a more effective and permanent facial lifting effect than fillers and Botox alone can provide, but who do not want or are not ready for a full surgical cosmetic procedure such as a face-lift or brow-lift.
If you have any of the following concerns you may be a candidate for a thread-lift:
- Moderate sagging and laxity of the skin in the cheeks, eyebrows, eyes, jowls and neck
- Effects of a previous face-lift or neck-lift are wearing off
- Younger patients with cheek and brow sagging caused by weakened muscles (ptosis)
- Patients with realistic expectations for the outcome of their thread-lift surgery
Unsuitable candidates for thread-lift surgery include:
Patients with very thin, fragile and slack skin caused by the aging process Patients with heavy jowls and pronounced sagging in the facial area Patients with little facial fat Patients who do not have realistic expectations for the thread-lift procedure.
What Happens During Thread-Lift Procedure?
Before you have a thread-lift you will need to have a consultation with a surgeon to see if you are a suitable candidate. The consultation is your opportinity to ask any questions you might have about the procedure. It is also a good idea to ask the surgeon if you can see before and after pictures of the previous work so you can see what results they have achieved with other patients. The most important thing is to make an informed decision that you feel confident about.
During your consultation your surgeon should take a thorough medical history and give you a consent form to sign to make sure you fully understand the possible risks and complications. It is very important that you read this form carefully.
After examining you your surgeon will explain your options and recommend what type of thread-lift you may need to achieve the best result.
The thread-lift procedure can be performed to lift and support:
- Sagging eyebrows
- Asymmetric eyebrows
- Nasolabial folds
- Sagging cheeks
- The mid and lower face and neck
Thread-lift techniques and the number of threads used will vary depending on the type of threads being used. The thread-lift procedure normally only requires local anesthesia, although you may also be offered light sedation depending on the extent of the thread-lift surgery and your personal preference. The thread-lift operation normally takes 30 minutes to one hour to complete, depending on the number of threads to be used.
In general the threads are inserted via a very small incision behind the hairline so there are no visible scars. After making the incision the surgeon uses a thick, hollow needle to insert the thread under the facial skin, starting near the cheekbone. The other end of the thread is then tied to deeper internal facial structures. The thread is gently tugged and pulled upwards, tightening the loose skin and underlying tissues. The barbs on the threads lock into place upon insertion. The ends are sutured beneath the skin surface.
The threads remain under the skin to provide structure and support. You should not be able ro see or feel the threads once they are in place. The body then generates its own collagen to maintain the lifting effect.
The effects can be seen immediately after your thread-lift face-lift procedure.Leave a reply →