Thread Lift

A thread lift focuses on midface, jowl and neck-lifting and involves subcutaneous placement of threads along a planned trajectory. The threads are then pulled to achieve the desired skin lift.

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Thread Lift

avg. recovery
3 days
permanence
Temporary
application
Not Applicable
surgical
No
cost
$2000 - $5000

About the Procedure

A needle is inserted in a curved direction in the area to be lifted. The depth of the needle is maintained at the subdermal level. A similar needle is passed approximately 1-1.5 cm above this needle. Bi-directional threads made of polypropylene are inserted through the needles. The barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend a facial area. The needle is slowly withdrawn and the tissue is 'gathered' over the thread. Once the desired effect has been reached, the long ends of the thread are then cut off. The sutures dissolve over the next 6 months leaving no residual material present since they are broken down by a process called hydrolysis. The new collagen and fibrous tissue that had formed around the sutures then continue to hold the skin up and tighten the skin.

The goal of a thread lift is to reposition facial and neck tissues thus restoring youthful proportions and appearances to the face.

Recovery Notes

Non-strenuous activities can be resumed 1 day after treatment, full activity can be resumed in 1 week. Use acetaminophen for pain control. Bandages may be used to cover incision sites.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a thread lift is a younger candidate with sagging skin but does not have excessively loose skin.

Not Recommended For

Thread lifts are not recommended for candidates with excessively sagging skin at an advanced age. Candidates who are obese, or have very heavy, rugged skin too will show also show little to no improvement with this procedure.

Side Effects

Side effects from a thread lift may include infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness, and slight asymmetry. Occasionally a suture can show itself just below the skin. Most of these potential problems resolve over the following weeks to months after the procedure.

Pros
  • Short procedure
  • Quick recovery time
  • Minimally invasive
Cons
  • Not as effective
  • Does not address excess skin
  • Lower success rate

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