Thread lift procedure explained
Thread lifts are a minimally invasive procedure used to fight signs of aging. It is designed to address sagging that usually develops around the cheeks and jaw as you age.
Facial features change over time, the older you get the harder it becomes to hide the obvious signs of aging, which is a serious concern for some people. One of the most noticeable changes to the face occurs around the cheeks and jaw line. If you’re starting to notice these affects, then thread lift may be an effective way for you to maintain the condition of your skin.
Thread lift is a specific cosmetic procedure which gently lifts sagging skin around the lower part of the face to leave a smoother and more youthful appearance. As it is a less invasive way to rejuvenate the skin than surgical face lift, there is less risk and recovery time is much quicker.
The procedure uses absorbable thread cones to lift and support the skin around the lower face, resulting in a fresher, more youthful appearance. Having said that, it cannot offer the same results as a full face lift, but is a good alternative for those who are not interested in a more invasive surgical solution.
Why have thread lift surgery?
Here are some benefits of thread lift surgery:
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Gain a more youthful appearance
- Appear less tired
- Improve the balance of facial features
Who is thread lift surgery for?
Thread lift is available to both men and women and is generally carried out on people aged 35+ who are looking for treatment that last longer than fillers and botox, but are not ready for full surgical treatments like face lift, neck lift or brow lift.
The ideal candidate for thread lift surgery may be experiencing the following concerns:
- Some loose of sagging skin around the cheeks, jaw, neck, eyes and brow
- Effects of previous treatment wearing off
- People experiencing sagging because of weakened muscles
Thread lift treatment may not be suitable everyone. To find out if it’s for you, you’ll need to speak to a specialist and get an assessment.
Cost of thread lift
The cost of thread lift surgery can vary from person to person because everyone’s needs are different. There are many factors a care provider needs to consider before they can give you a price. These factors include, the area of the face that needs treatment, the extent of the treatment, the result that needs to be achieved and the method used to achieve it.
To find out the cost of your treatment you’ll need to request a quote and have an assessment with a specialist in the field. Following the assessment, you should receive a full cost break down based on what you want to achieve. Be sure to fully assess the quote to see what is and isn’t included in the price so that there are no unwanted surprises later.
What’s involved in thread lift treatment?
Thread lift procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of threads used, and is carried out under local anaesthetic. A sedative may be offered depending on what the procedure requires.
There are different types of thread that can be used for the procedure, including Contour and Aptos threads.
Both Contour and Aptos threads are barbed along the thread, but Contour thread is made of polypropylene. When in position under the skin, the threads are opened like and umbrella to adjust the position of the facial tissue.
Once the type of thread for the procedure is decided, they are inserted through a small incision with a thick, hollow needle underneath the skin, starting near the cheekbone. The thread is then gently pulled into position and opened to tighten the loose skin and tissue.
The threads will remain under the skin for support and shouldn’t be visible once in place.
You can expect to see results immediately after the procedure.
After thread lift surgery and recovery
Immediately after the treatment you may notice some bruising and swelling but these effects are temporary and should clear up shortly after.
There may also be some numbness, mild discomfort or pain, which can be treated with medication. The area will also feel sensitive for around 48 hours.
You probably won’t be able to drive after the procedure so should arrange transport to take you to and from the clinic.
Rest is vital to ensure best results are achieved. Typically, you’ll be advised to take 5 to 7 days off work. Full recovery should be made after 2 or 3 weeks.
The lift effect of the procedure will be visible immediately. The rejuvenation effect will become visible gradually over time.
The results can last up to 18 months, but this can vary and should be discussed with your care provider.
What if something goes wrong?
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to the doctor that carried out the procedure.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before thread lift treatment
Deciding to have cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations.
Whatever your reason, it’s important to prepare yourself and understand what it involves and what to expect from the outcome.
Here are some things you should think about:
- If you have children, do you need childcare while you recover?
- Are the results permanent?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How will you maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for thread lift treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.