- avg. recovery
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 The needle is slowly withdrawn and the tissue is 'gathered' over the thread.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.
What to Expect
A thread lift focuses on midface, jowl, and neck-lifting and involves subcutaneous placement of threads. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a thread lift.
- Avoid blood thinning medications
- No alcohol for 1 week prior
- No smoking 1 week before
- Local anesthesia
- Needles are inserted into the area to be lifted
- Threads are inserted through the needles
- Barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend the skin
- Needle is withdrawn and tissue is 'gathered' over the thread
- Excess thread is cut
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.
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 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.