What is a thread lift?
A thread lift, also known as a thread or barbed suture is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the doctor simply suspends it by stitching up its portions. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face.
This procedure aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face or breasts by drawing your skin taut.
In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging by provoking the body’s “healing response” and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas.
How does a thread lift work?
The thread lift procedure works in two ways:
- Firstly, the dissolvable sutures inserted underneath your skin makes it possible for your doctor to pull your skin tight around your forehead, neck, or torso
- Secondly, the inserted suture stimulates collagen production in the affected area, which can then fill up the gaps in sagging skin and restore a more youthful elasticity to your face.
Which areas are treated with threads?
- Jowls and jawline
- Under-eye area
How long does the thread lift effect last?
While results may be visible immediately, the effect of a thread lift may last 6 to 12 months or even longer
Thread lift vs Surgical facelift
- Threads have reduced recovery time
- There is no sedation involved
- No need to take time off of work in order to heal, like it’s the case with a surgical facelift
- Recovery from a thread lift is comparatively easy
- Thread lifts can be performed under local, rather than general anesthesia
- Strong pain medication is seldom needed
- Threads are more affordable
- Threads, however, produce less dramatic results than a surgical facelift
- Facelift surgery will usually produce longer-lasting results than a thread lift
What are the risks associated with threads
Thread lifts are non-invasive and therefore have a very low risk, there is virtually no risk of scarring, severe bruising, bleeding or other complications after having a thread lift. However, in rare cases, the following side effects may occur:
- Slight pain at the site of the thread injection
- Sutures may become visible under their skin. If this occurs, however, the sutures can simply be removed and the patient’s face will return to its prior state.
- Don’t rub your face vigorously while cleansing it or applying moisturizer for at least a week
- Try not to roll over directly onto your face while lying down or sleeping.