Thread Lift

Thread Lift

As we age, our facial support structure weakens, and we lose facial fat. The affected areas generally include the cheeks, the eyebrows and other areas around the eyes, the jowls and the neck. The result is a longer, older-looking face.

Younger people may experience cheek and brow ptosis (sagging caused by weakened muscles) as well. For these people especially, a thread lift may be a good alternative to the more invasive procedures necessary to correct problems in older people's faces.

Thread lifts emerged because many people whothough they were candidates for a facelift, but could not afford it or didn't wantto go the ‘’Surgical way’’ with the associated long recovery time of the standard facelift. Thread lifts cost less and require less downtime for many people. It is also promoted by some plastic surgeons as a "lunchtime lift" or "weekend facelift." Usually thread lifts can be performed inless than an hour.

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Ideal candidate for a Thread Lift?

Suitable candidates for thread-lift procedure 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 face-lift or brow-lift.

If you have any of the following concerns, you may be a candidate for a thread-lift:

  • Moderate sagging and laxity of the skin in the cheeks, eyebrows, eyes, jowls and neck
  • Effects of a previous face-lift or neck-lift are wearing off
  • Younger patients with cheek and brow sagging caused by weakened muscles (ptosis)
  • Patients with realistic expectations for the outcome of their thread-lift surgery.

Which areas can be treated by Thread Lift ?

  • All facial areas (improving volume, pores, wrinkles)
  • Chin Lifting
  • Neck Lifting, Neck Lines (horizontal and vertical), Skin tightening
  • Décolletage
  • Body (lipolysis, skin tightening & contouring, cellulite, stretch marks)
  • Lower Face Lifting (early to moderate jowls with use of cogging screws
  • High Definition Jaw Line

Unsuitable candidates for thread-lift surgery include:

Patients with very thin, fragile and slack skin caused by the aging process Patients with heavy jowls and pronounced sagging in the facial area Patients with little facial fat Patients who do not have realistic expectations for the thread-lift procedure.
Other thread lift candidates include those who have had some relapse from a previous plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift or neck lift. Many physicians combine thread lifts with other procedures, such as chin lifts, neck lifts and brow lifts, for a customized approach to facial rejuvenation.

Thread Lift Procedure

In a thread lift, barbed sutures (threads) are used to lift sagging eyebrows and eyelids, deep nasolabial folds (those furrows between your nose and the corners of your mouth) or aging neck tissues. A thin needle is used to insert the sutures under the facial tissues. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift the sagging skin, and the teeth on the other end anchor the skin to the underlying facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scars are produced. Additionally, barbed sutures can be used as an adjunct to a more traditional facelift.

PDO Thread

PDO is a synthetic absorbable surgical suture composed of polydioxanone. PDO sutures are used to perform cardiothoracic surgery (such as open-heart surgery). It’s one of the safest materials to be implanted in the body. PDO threads get fully absorbed within 4 to 6 months & won’t leave you with any scar tissue.

Use of Monos, Screws, Twins & Cogging Screws

Mechanism of Action of PDO Face Lift

In medical terms PDO threads promote a”Selective Inflammatory Response”, which is the principle behind a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as Fractional Laser, Chemical Peels & MicroNeedling). Our skin gently reacts to the inserted threads starting off a repair process wherein the skin heals itself by creating new collagen, naturally!Even though PDO is fully absorbable, but that doesn’t mean your skin won’t react to it. For PDO to get fully absorbed it takes between 3 to 6 months during which time the skin is repairing itself around it.

Techniques for PDO Lift

Tiny threads of PDO are inserted effortlessly creating a mesh under the skin in the form of a #hashtag, or a net. This Mesh will serve as the foundation for new collagen production. This mesh tightens the skin naturally from within. Results appear naturally over a period of time, without any drastic change!

The other technique, utilizes longer barbed PDO threads to produce tightening and lifting of sagging areas with immediate result. The PDO sutures have “barbs” or “cogs”, which provide a grip underneath the skin. These are inserted beneath the dermisparallel to the skin surface with the help of a fine long needle (preloaded with the barbed thread)and these can be pulled in 1 or 2 directions out of the skin, creating an instant skin repositioning. Just like the mesh technique, the skin will then start building new collagen which will secure the lift for as long as 1 to 2 years!The best part of this is that there are no cuts or incisions involved.

The idea behind the thread lift technique is to create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the liftedor where necessary to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the “V-shape” where it’s been lost.

Although threads can be inserted almost anywhere, one area where they are especially effective is the neck and jawline. The lower third of the face is challenging to treat effectively with botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, which are most effective in the upper and middle third of the face, respectively.

How safe is a Thread Lift ?

When performed by an experienced thread-lift surgeon, the thread-lift surgical procedure is very safe however as with all cosmetic surgical treatments there are some risks involved.Infection though rare is one of the complications of thread lift . It usually happens within one to six weeks of surgery. In the majority of cases an infection can just be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of infection include fever as well as tenderness, redness, and swelling.

In rare cases you may also experience numbness or lack of sensitivity in the treated area. Scarring is another risk of surgery, however most thread-lifting techniques are designed to keep the scars hidden.

Common Questions

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, is an operation designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and at the same time if required, tighten the abdominal muscles. This operation is indicated in cases where there is laxity of the abdomen resulting in bulging due to abnormal stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin, particularly in those who have had one or more full term pregnancies with subsequent loss of youthful tone of the abdomen or fluctuating weight loss or gain.

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Risks and Potential Complications

Possible complications include bleeding and collection of blood under the skin (hematoma), fluid accumulation(seroma), infection or poor healing at the incision site. These risks are common to many operations and can be dealt with easily. Blood clots in the deep veins of the leg is a problem associated with lying still for too long for which adequate prophylaxis is taken prior to surgery. Rarely pulmonary and Fat embolism are risks associated with any major prolonged surgery. Any surgery carries risks associated with anaesthesia. These risks will be fully discussed with you prior to your consent for surgery. It is important that you understand these aspects of your surgery and that you seek clarification from your surgeon.

During the Operation: Reactions to Drugs, Bleeding
Later: Painful Scars, Abnormal Scars, Persistent Lower Abdomen Numbness and Swelling and Umbilical Deformity