[bt_quote style="box" width="0"] This is a very effective way to reposition scar tissue and recontour your face profile. Thread lifts are a particularly suitable option for younger or middle-aged patients. [/bt_quote] [bt_accordion width="0" active_first="yes" icon="plus-square-1"] [bt_spoiler title="Definition" icon="list"] A surgical facelift is no longer the only option for lifting and contouring a face. Besides the use of neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport to relax hyperactive muscles and dermal fillers to plump up lost volume, skin tightening lasers and radio-frequency treatments are also great ways to fight the effects of gravity and collagen degeneration.
Thread lifts, often referred to as brand names such as Silhouette Lift, Contour Lift or Happy Lift, are another important method that is gaining in popularity and efficacy. Also known as suture lifts, thread lifts involve the use of threads or sutures made from the same materials used in surgery to close wounds. When placed under the skin, they can be used to tighten and volumize areas of the skin that are loose or sagging. Much like suspension cables, they are designed to hold up the skin in place, and provide a supportive structure that defies the effects of gravity and aging.
Thread lifts are a convenient 'lunchtime' facial rejuvenation alternative that requires no general anaesthesia, hospitalisation or long recovery, and gives immediate results that continue to improve up to 2 months after the procedure. They can be performed in various areas of the face and body, to target specific problem areas, or used to give an overall facial rejuvenation from the brows to the neck area.
While thread lifts are not a replacement for a full face lift where excess skin needs to be removed, they are an ideal option for those who want a natural yet unmistakable improvement, without all the stress and worries of a full surgical procedure. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" What can thread lifting do??" icon="list"] Thread lifts can be a great way to rejuvenate and restore youthful contours to areas such as the brows, cheeks, jowls and the neck area. They can also be used to give youthful tone to areas on the body such as the breasts, buttocks and upper arms, places that are prone to sagging and loss of volume due to weight loss, poor muscle tone, or the aging process. Vaginal threads are also available that help to tighten the perineal muscle and vaginal passage, for a functional and aesthetic improvement.
Each suture or thread has cones or knots that help to hold lifted skin in place. Made of permanent or absorbable materials similar to those used in cardiovascular and ophthalmic surgeries, the sutures are designed to have imbedded cones or hooks that work to stimulate collagen production while holding the thread in place.
The benefits of a thread lift include shaping and lifting, and can give dramatic results that last from 18 months up to 5 years, depending on the type of thread used. Thread lifts are a good option for those aged 30 to 60 years, for whom gentle sagging may be apparent, but collagen deposits are still enough for regeneration. Younger patients who want to improve their facial contours, or those with facial asymmetry may also consider this treatment. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" How is a thread lift performed?" icon="list"]While techniques vary according to a patient's specific needs, the doctor's training, and the type of threads used, thread lifting generally involves the use of a thread that is inserted under the skin in a way that helps the skin be lifted.
Before a thread is inserted, markings are made to determine the proper point of entry, directional vectors and exit point. Depending on the type of thread (single direction or bi-directional, for example) the entry and exit points will vary.
Some techniques require a small incision to be made at the entry point, while the newest methods need only a puncture wound to be created with a large gauge needle. A thread is then inserted along the previously marked lines. Once tightened, the thread's cones or hooks help to hold the skin in a lifted position. Areas such as the cheeks may need multiple threads or a looping thread to plump up the cheek fat for a youthful, volumised result. The neck area is usually supported with laced sutures that lock the skin to the lower jaw area to give a contoured neckline.
The results are immediately visible and continue to improve in the next 2 months as collagen remodeling takes effect. The threads are invisible, although can sometimes be palpated (felt with the fingers) in certain areas. Some patients feel minimal discomfort such as a slight ache or sensation while chewing or smiling, but this fades within the first week. Slight dimpling, bruising, and swelling is normal within the first few days, but improve rapidly as the sutures are absorbed. The incisions made for the entry and exit points are tiny and heal without unsightly stitches.
Areas which can be treated include:
-- Brows - brow line lifting
-- Cheeks - cheek fat repositioning and contouring
-- Nasal flare - correct for widely flared nostrils and improve nasal shape
-- Nasolabial folds - lift and tighten cheek contours to reduce nasolabial folds
-- Lips - improve lip shape and contours
-- Jowls - lift lower jaw area to improve and tighten jowl shape and contour
-- Neckline - reduce turkey neck effect and return youthful contours to neckline. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" Side Effects & Risks" icon="list"] Although not as invasive as other lifting procedures, the area treated will often be sore with some swelling or puffiness for a few days, with possibly bruising which will last about a week.
Side effects and risks are minimal and rare but may include:
An allergic reaction to the anaesthetic.
A risk of small haematomas or seromas (collections of blood under the skin) occurring.
Mild infection at the site of the thread insertion, although every precaution is taken to prevent this.
In the case of barbed threads, the thread end may work its way out of the entrance to the skin; this is remedied by your doctor simply trimming the protruding end. Do not attempt to re-insert the thread yourself, as this may possibly result in an infection.
Patients may develop a pucker, this can again be remedied by your doctor lightly massaging the area. Do not attempt to do this yourself.
In a very small number of individuals, the threads do not work as satisfactorily or for as long as usual.
Dislodging of the thread may occur (usually with free floating threads) resulting in a lopsided or crooked result (asymmetry).
Although rare, as the threads are placed deep into the skin’s underlying tissue, it is occasionally possible for patients to either see or feel the barbed threads on the face, resulting in a telltale line (sometimes blue); in this case your doctor will remove and replace them.
Scarring from the insertion of the needle is minimal but is nonetheless possible, particularly in patients with dark coloured skin, and all patients are advised to wear full sun block on their face to avoid direct sunlight exposure on the areas which may scar.
Because with a thread lift there is no removal of redundant skin, as with a surgical facelift, there may be slight imperfections in the achieved results depending on your skin laxity; i.e. slight rippling or bunching of the skin post lift. This can settle with time and is usually hidden into the hairline, the neck or behind the ears by the practitioner, where it is not usually going to be noticed. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="Conclusion" icon="list"] Facial Lifting with threads is a quick, minimally invasive option for those people where gravity has started to take hold of their face and the skin has started to sag; but who as yet are not good candidates for a surgical facelift, which removes large areas of excessive skin, fat and tissue. Using a needle and either barbed or smooth sutures your clinician can tighten and lift the skin on your cheeks, brows, jaw line and neck without the need to cut your skin.
This procedure does not produce changes as drastic as the traditional facelift and is not permanent, lasting a few years; therefore, it is best suited to younger patients (generally 30 to 50 years old) who require only moderate facial rejuvenation. [/bt_spoiler] [/bt_accordion]
This is a very effective way to reposition scar tissue and recontour your face profile. Thread lifts are a particularly suitable option for younger or middle-aged patients.