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Thread Lift (Suture Lifting)
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Description

A Thread lift is a permanent, minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedure that offers natural looking effects similar to a facelift, but without the risks and recovery time associated with more invasive cosmetic procedures.


Length of Surgery

30 minutes – 1 hour


In/Outpatient

Outpatient


Anesthesia

Local anesthesia, with or without light sedation


Back to work in...

3 – 7 days


Back to the gym in...

3 Weeks


Treatment Frequency

Once


Highlights

Good for people who do not want or are not ready for a full surgical cosmetic procedure such as a facelift or brow lift.


Cost

$1,500 to $4,500


Risks

  1. Numbness or lack of sensitivity in the treated area
  2. Infection
  3. Unfavorable scarring
  4. Migration of sutures, or sutures that become visible under the skin
  5. Asymmetry

Duration of results

Permanent



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Thread lift Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for a Thread lift procedure is approximately $4,078; depending on the extent of the procedure and the expertise of your Thread lift surgeon.

If you are interested in having a Thread lift procedure but want to find out more about the costs and Thread lift financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your Thread lift doctor, to find out if there are any loans or flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for Thread lift?

Suitable candidates for Thread lift surgery are normally women and men aged 35 to 65 who want a more effective and permanent facial lifting effect than fillers and botox alone can provide, but who do not want or are not ready for a full surgical cosmetic procedure such as a facelift or brow lift.

Suitable Thread lift candidates include:

  1. Patients with moderate sagging and laxity of the skin in the cheeks, eyebrows, eyes, jowls and neck
  2. Patients who have had a previous face lift or neck lift that is lessening in effect
  3. Younger patients with cheek and brow sagging caused by weakened muscles (ptosis)
  4. Patients with realistic expectations for the outcome of their Thread lift surgery
Unsuitable candidates for Thread lift surgery include:
  1. Patients with very thin, fragile and slack skin caused by the aging process
  2. Patients with heavy jowls and pronounced sagging in the facial area
  3. Patients with little facial fat
  4. Patients who do not have realistic expectations for the Thread lift procedure

 

What is a Thread lift Procedure?

A Thread lift is a permanent, minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedure that offers natural looking effects similar to a facelift, but without the risks and recovery time associated with more invasive cosmetic procedures.

A Thread lift procedure uses very fine surgical sutures inserted in the soft facial tissues to lift and support sagging areas of the face, brow and neck.

There are two types of thread lift procedures currently available in the US - the Contour Thread lift and the Feather Lift or Aptos Thread lift. Contour thread is made of clear polypropylene with barbs along the thread, which once in position are gently opened like an umbrella, which lifts and repositions the underlying sagging facial tissue to achieve a more youthful appearance. The Aptos thread has barbs along the entire length. These barbs are inserted under the skin to draw together the tissue and fill out and lift the sagging skin.

Both types of Thread lift thread are inserted via a very small incision behind the hairline so there are no visible scars. The threads remain under the skin to provide structure and support. The thread lift patient cannot see or feel the threads once they are in place. The body then generates its own collagen to maintain the lifting effect.

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.

The Thread lift procedure can be performed to lift and support:

  1. Sagging eyebrows
  2. Asymmetric eyebrows
  3. Nasolabial folds
  4. Sagging cheeks
  5. The mid and lower face and neck
The effects can be seen immediately after your Thread lift face lift procedure.

 

Thread lift Procedure Steps

Thread lift techniques and the number of threads used will vary. The following is an overview of the Thread lift procedure, though individual practice may vary.

Step 1 - The incisions

  1. Your Thread lift surgeon makes very small incisions in predetermined locations in your face.
Step 2 – Insertion of the threads
  1. Using a thick, hollow needle, the Thread lift surgeon inserts a thread under the facial skin, starting near the cheekbone. The other end of the thread is then tied to deeper internal facial structures. The thread is gently tugged and pulled upwards, tightening the loose skin and underlying tissues. The barbs on the threads lock into place upon insertion. The ends are sutured beneath the skin surface.
Step 3 – The results
  1. The lifting results of your Thread lift surgery will be immediately apparent.

 

Thread lift Recovery and Healing Steps

Immediately following Thread lift face lift surgery, your face may be swollen and bruised. This should resolve after a few days. There may also be some numbness, and you may experience some pain which can be controlled with pain medication. Your Thread lift surgeon may advise you to rest and sleep during your Thread lift surgery recovery time with your head elevated to reduce any swelling.

You will need someone to drive you home after your Thread lift surgery, and to help you out for about 24 hours. You should eat only soft foods for seven days.

Normal activities may be resumed three to seven days after the Thread lift face lift procedure, and depending on the type of work you do, you should be able to return during this time. Bruising can be covered up with make up after seven days. Avoid rubbing or contorting your face for three weeks after Thread lift surgery.

Thread lift Risks

When performed by a board certified, experienced Thread lift surgeon, the Thread lift surgical procedure is safe.

Thread lift risks are uncommon but may include:

  1. Numbness or lack of sensitivity in the treated area
  2. Infection
  3. Unfavorable scarring
  4. Migration of sutures, or sutures that become visible under the skin
  5. Asymmetry

 

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