What is Thread Lift?
A thread-lift, also known as feather lift surgery, is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance.
A thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery.
The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a subtler rejuvenation.
Who is a thread lift suitable for ?
A thread lift is suited to men and women between the ages of 35 and 70.
The procedure is most effective on skin that has minimal sagging and offers the best results for cheeks, jowls, brows and the neck area. If you are looking for results that are more effective and long lasting than Botox and other fillers, then a thread lift is the ideal choice.
If you are put off by traditional surgery or don’t want general anaesthetic, then a thread lift is great as it is minimally invasive and can be carried out under local anaesthetic.
What are the advantages of a thread lift ?
The great thing about a thread lift is that it offers quick recovery together with excellent results.
This procedure requires a minimum amount of non-invasive surgery and leaves no scarring. Local anaesthetic is all that is needed and there is no hospital stay either. Another good factor about the thread lift is that it is much more affordable than a regular face lift, and the results are long lasting.
If you are looking for a quick and effective solution to a range of aging problems then a thread lift is the perfect solution.
How does it work ?
A thread lift is a type of face lift that is often referred to as the ‘lunch hour lift’. This is down to its simplicity and the time it takes to carry out the procedure.
The threads are made from polydioxanone (PDO) – the same material used for medical stitches – which dissolve naturally in the body over time.
Once the threads are in place, your body starts to produce new bundles of collagen around each thread and this in turn creates a subtle yet effective lift. The results differ for each person, but are very natural giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look. There is no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.
How long does a thread lift take ?
A typical thread lift procedure takes as little as one hour, but it depends on the number of threads the doctor uses and the areas being treated.
What happens after the procedure ?
After the procedure we will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow. Most patients experience some mild swelling and bruising, but this should settle quickly. Recovery time is usually less than one week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks.
How long do the results last ?
A thread lift’s lasting power depends on the age of the patient at the time of procedure and how much sagging the thread lift has corrected. It should be noted that sagging will return over time, but many doctors report that the results last for anything between 2 and 3 years. To extend the results it is possible to have additional threads inserted and your doctor can advise you when this is required.
- Horizontal and vertical forehead wrinkles
- Forehead lift
- Lowered outer eyebrow ends
- Flaccid tissue, sagging eyebrows
- Lower eyelid – bags under the eyes
- Naso-labial folds (Smile Lines)
- Marionette furrow (marionette lines)
- Sagging cheeks and area under the lower jaw
- Skin furrow on the cheek
- Creased cheeks
- Skin furrows and wrinkles on the neck and cleavage
- Breast firming and shaping
- Flaccid tissues and stretch marks on the buttocks, belly, arms and legs
- Insensitive subcutaneous tissue and skin (after liposuction treatments)
- Obesity – arms, belly, ribs, thighs, buttocks.
- Instant and long lasting results
- Consecutive 2-3 times procedure results in lasting effect for 2 years
- Needling induce wound healing effect
- Fibroblast stimulation
- Collagen induction
- Improve skin tone & radiance
- Tightening pores by new tissue
- Non-premature ageing of skin tissue
- Easy to insert
- Minimal downtime
- Little pain triggered (most of cases, without anaesthesia cream, can be applied).
- Skin Rejuvenation Effects
- Stimulation of Collagen Production.
- Promotion of local blood microcirculation.
- Activation of reparative process.
Frequently asked questions
Is this a painful treatment ?
The procedure does not involve pain, bleeding or swelling. The patient may feel slight stinging, similarly to an acupuncture treatment.
When does the effect appear and how long does it last ?
The first effects are visible after 2-3 weeks, but considerable improvement appears after 2-3 months, when induction of new collagen begins.
The effect is long lasting (up to 2 years).
Medical consultation is performed before the treatment, during which the doctor discusses in detail the principle and effects of the treatment. The procedure takes approximately one hour (depending on the number of threads used. On average, approximately 40-50 threads are needed for the face).
First, the treated area is anaesthetised with cream, following which the doctor implants threads in the right manner and at the right place.
There are no contraindications against returning to the patient’s daily activity. Reddening at the thread introduction spots disappear 3-5 hours after the treatment.