What is a thread lift?
A thread facelift is a convenient, less invasive alternative to traditional facelifts, designed for people experiencing early signs of aging, such as minor facial sagging. Designed to be less invasive, it can reduce sagging around the eyes, cheeks, jawline, area between the nose and corners of the mouth and neck more quickly and with less risk than the conventional approach. Special threads are used during this facelift to discreetly hold repositioned skin and facial tissue in place after surgery.
A Thread lift can be performed in just one or two hours, often under local anasthesia. During a thread facelift, the cosmetic surgeon inserts thin threads into the face through tiny incisions made in the targeted area. These threads attach to the skin tissue and are then pulled back to lift and smooth the face. Almost immediately, treated areas will be raised slightly, eliminating sagging and giving patients a rejuvenated appearance. Because patients usually remain fully conscious during the procedure, they can approve the look of their thread lift while the surgeon works. Once the threads are knotted, they become hidden within the skin itself, and any scarring that results will be virtually invisible.
Who are the best candidates for a thread lift?
The best candidates for a thread lift are in their 30s to 60s and have relatively good skin tone. Most are beginning to experience sagging in their face or neck but do not have excessively loose skin or drooping facial areas that might require more rigorous facelift surgery. If signs of aging are relatively minimal, a thread lift may be a good way to make cosmetic enhancements while avoiding facelift scarring and other potential side effects, which sometimes occur after more intensive surgical procedures.
What is the post-operative care involved?
Initial healing may include swelling, numbness or discomfort which can be controlled with medication. Postoperative instructions will include limits on physical activity, pain management, and some diet restrictions for the first week. The head should be elevated for the first day to minimize swelling and discomfort. Surgeons may recommend no facial makeup for two to three weeks after a thread lift.
When can I resume my normal activities?
One can resume normal activities the following day itself. In just a couple of days, one can enjoy full recovery from a thread lift procedure.
When will the results be apparent?
The thread life procedure shows noticeable results almost immediately. If you dislike the result of your thread lift, simply removing the thread easily reverses it. Results can also be adjusted by having your plastic surgeon adjust the tension of the thread. The results can last for 1-2 years.