Thread Lift is a procedure which involves elevating different parts of the face using special threads without having to make surgical incisions as with a classic face lift.
Innovative facial rejuvenation procedure designed to gently elevate sagging brows, cheeks and jowls.
Thread lifts are meant to address sagging underlying tissues of the cheek and jaw line by threading barbed sutures into skin and deeper soft tissues. The non-absorbable threads stay within the deep tissues and provide support.
The sutures are inserted into the skin and instantly tighten and lift problem areas with volume loss like the cheeks, jowls, lips and neck, while stimulating the body to build collagen in the area where the sutures are placed. Attached to the fine threads are tiny cones, small umbrella like attachments that lift and tighten from underneath the skin while simultaneously causing inflammation, which helps to stimulate collagen growth over time.
Advantages to thread lifting include its customization of results, the quick and undemanding nature of the procedure, and its capability of neutralizing chances of explicit stretching.
Thread lifting is referred to as a minimally invasive procedure.
Ideal candidates for thread lifts include people with minimal signs of aging who need just a small lift. Most people who undergo thread lifts are women between 35 and 45. They choose a thread lift because they have begun to see more prominence of the jaw, a relaxed (or minimally sagging) midfacial appearance or slight bags under the eyes or on the neck. Older people may undergo a thread lift during the more aggressive facelift procedure to provide additional support for the soft tissue area that was elevated in the facelift.
In a thread lift, barbed sutures (threads) are used to lift sagging eyebrows and eyelids, deep nasolabial folds (those furrows between your nose and the corners of your mouth) or aging neck tissues. Your surgeon would use a thin needle to insert the sutures under the facial tissues. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift the sagging skin, and the teeth on the other end anchor the skin to the underlying facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scars are produced. Additionally, barbed sutures can be used as an adjunct to a more traditional facelift.
Several variations of the technique exist. In general, the “closed” technique involves molding the soft tissue over the suture in multiple location points until it catches in the appropriate location to provide the best result. During an “open” technique, the surgeon will use instruments under the skin to create a raw surface so that when the sutures are pulled up, the lift is more likely to remain in the appropriate position.
Thread lifts are often performed in an outpatient medical surgery center or hospital. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, general anesthesia is not required, so you can remain awake. One benefit is that the plastic surgeon can give you a mirror as the thread is pulled back, allowing you to give feedback. Usually an oral antianxiety medication, along with local anesthesia, is all that is required. Most people tolerate this well and avoid any “postanesthesia hangover.”
Facial Lifting with threads is a quick, minimally invasive option for those people where gravity has started to take hold of their face and the skin has started to sag; but who as yet are not good candidates for a surgical facelift, which removes large areas of excessive skin, fat and tissue. Using a needle and either barbed or smooth sutures your clinician can tighten and lift the skin on your cheeks, brows, jaw line and neck without the need to cut your skin.
A thread lift procedure takes as little time as a treatment using a combination of fillers (about an hour) and recovery time is just one or two days. Results will vary, but can last anywhere from 18 months to a few years and additional threads can be used at a later time to maintain results. Because the cones continue to stimulate collagen, the results continue to improve over time.
Also known as suture lifts, thread lifts involve the use of threads or sutures made from the same materials used in surgery to close wounds. When placed under the skin, they can be used to tighten and volumize areas of the skin that are loose or sagging. Much like suspension cables, they are designed to hold up the skin in place, and provide a supportive structure that defies the effects of gravity and aging.
Thread lifts can be a great way to rejuvenate and restore youthful contours to areas such as the brows, cheeks, jowls and the neck area. They can also be used to give youthful tone to areas on the body such as the breasts, buttocks and upper arms, places that are prone to sagging and loss of volume due to weight loss, poor muscle tone, or the aging process.
Each suture or thread has cones or knots that help to hold lifted skin in place. Made of permanent or absorbable materials similar to those used in cardiovascular and opthalmic surgeries, the sutures are designed to have imbedded cones or hooks that work to stimulate collagen production while holding the thread in place.
The benefits of a thread lift include shaping and lifting, and can give dramatic results that last from 18 months up to 5 years, depending on the type of thread used. Thread lifts are a good option for those aged 30 to 60 years, for whom gentle sagging may be apparent, but collagen deposits are still enough for regeneration. Younger patients who want to improve their facial contours, or those with facial asymmetry may also consider this treatment.
Some techniques require a small incision to be made at the entry point, while the newest methods need only a puncture wound to be created with a large gauge needle. A thread is then inserted along the previously marked lines. Once tightened, the thread’scones or hooks help to hold the skin in a lifted position. Areas such as the cheeks may need multiple threads or a looping thread to plump up the cheek fat for a youthful, volumised result. The neck area is usually supported with laced sutures that lock the skin to the lower jaw area to give a contoured neckline.
The threads are inserted under the skin in precise locations using a small hollow needle. The inserted thread is then able to grasp onto the droopy skin and soft tissue. With the lift effect secured, the hollow needle is removed without leaving any scars. The end of the thread is cut off very short where a loop is tied securely and the knot cut, allowing it to retract deep under the skin where it cannot be seen or felt. The threads used during the ThreadLift procedure stay within the deep fat and subcutaneous tissue forever, as they are non-absorbable.
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.
There are three different procedures known generally as: surgical thread lifting, non-surgical thread lifting and beauty threads.
Surgical thread lifting: Surgical thread-lifting can be compared to a face lift and procedures fall into two categories. Free Floating threads are inserted beneath the skin under a local anaesthetic and pulled into place, creating a lift that usually lasts between one to two years. Fixed threads, attached to the skin’s underlying structures, are capable of delivering a more radical, face-lift type result and are often combined with excess skin removal for best results. These last from two to four years. Recovery, for any swelling or bruising to go down, takes from 7 to 14 days, so if you do go ahead build in a week off.
Non-surgical thread lifting: Non-surgical threads are the middle way. The discreet and subtle option best suited for 35 to 55-year-olds, they rev up collagen production, are less radical than the surgical option, but do have lifting benefits significant enough to make a noticeable difference. Usually four to 16 threads are applied in a treatment, requiring a local anaesthetic, that can last from 20 minutes to an hour. The threads, which come in different lengths, are pulled up to create the lift and can be successfully combined with filler and other treatments.
Beauty Threads: Beauty threads work by prompting the skin into producing collagen.