Thread lift is now one of the most popular alternative for surgical facial lift. With its technology, an individual may now have facial rejuvenation without under going the knife.
Thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that claims to tighten the skin and sculpt the shape of your face for a better and younger look.
What areas can thread lift treatment be used for?
Common area is the face and neck but other sites can also benefit from lifting of facial tissue. The best candidates for the threads are those with developing jowls and sagging skin, usually around the cheeks and jawline. Eye thread lift can also be performed to help the outer crease of the eye to lift
It is the fleshy and drooping lower part of the cheek. Before, facelift is the only option to address but now, thread lift is already an alternative
As we get old, cheeks will have more visible folds and wrinkles. Thread lift will aid in lifting the sagging skin but take note that it won’t address the volume loss of the cheeks.
Thread lift can be done to the forehead to correct the sagging skin between the scalp and eyebrow
This is the area above the eyelid. Brow lift will reduce wrinkles and place the eyebrow to a youthful position
Eye thread lift involves inserting threads into skin near the eyebrow or under the eye to be able to lift the sagging skin providing it with firmer and smoother look around the eye
Threads are placed along the nasal bridge for the height and septum to give the nose a projection. The threads are injected under the skin to elevate the bridge and tip while collagen is formed to give supportable lift.
How does thread lift treatment work?
Suture and moulded cones are the main characters in this procedure. The suture acts as the frame under the skin surface to lift sagging skin tissue while the cones hold the suture in place. The sutures and cones are reabsorbed by the body over time and stimulate the production of collagen to replace loss facial volume. Because of the new collagen, threads will naturally tighten the skin. After the threads are inserted, doctor will apply slight pressure to the area to reshape the surface of the skin and achieve the result immediately.
Are thread lifts treatment safe?
Appraised as low risk, it is generally safe to have this treatment. However, just like other facial rejuvenation procedures, there may be corresponding side effects, risks, and complications
Side effects may take place after the threads such as temporary redness, soft skin tissue swelling, and bruising.
Despite the advance technology at this age and time, the thread lift is not without its own complications
- Thread protrusion
- Infection at the site of treatment
- Pulling and/or dimpling on the area where threads are inserted
- Lump or bulge in the skin caused by unintended movement of the thread
- Pain under the skin because of awkwardly placed threads
Will getting thread lifts beneficial?
Although there will always be pro and con, getting thread lift has benefits
- It is non-surgical
Because it is non-invasive, there are no incision and stitches
- Excellent safety record
Since this doesn’t entail surgical procedure, risk is very low
If the outcome doesn’t satisfy your needs or something unusual happened during healing, the threads can be easily adjusted or even replaced and removed.
- Fast and minimal recovery
Recovery time is one of the major advantage of getting thread lift. It is comparatively easy compared to facelift which usually takes up to two weeks. After the treatment, you can readily resume to your daily activities.
- Can be done simultaneously with other procedures
Being low risk and having short recovery time, one can undergo other non-surgical procedure at the same time which can complement your thread lifts and furnish a cut above outcome
- Immediate and subtle result
Changes in the face and neck will be subtle since skin will only be lifted by few milimeters giving you appearance a more natural look
What should you not do before and after a thread lift?
In order to achieve optimal results after the thread lifts , it is important that doctor’s instructions are followed
- Reduce caffeine and nicotine prior to your procedure.
- Take Arnica tablets for 3 days before, and continuing for 7 days after your thread lifts procedure to help minimise bruising and swelling.
- Avoid Vitamin E, Fish oil, and green tea for 10 days before and after the surgery.
- DO NOT take Aspirin, Nurofen, or anti-inflammatories for 2-3 weeks before the procedure. If you are on anti-inflammatories please inform the Doctor.
- Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours pre and post thread lift.
- If you are taking anticoagulant or blood platelet anti-aggregation drugs please advise the Clinic.
- Smokers tend to heal a little slower than non-smokers. You may be recommended Vitamin C.
- If you suffer from cold sores please discuss this with the Doctor. You may need to take anti-viral therapy for 3 days before and after surgery.
- For the first 48 hours after thread lift, apply cold compresses on the treated skin area. Remember, no pressure is to be exerted on the skin. The compresses should only be placed gently on the areas where the threads have been implanted.
- Immediately after the thread lift, lessen frequent speaking and excessive laughter up to 24 hours. Excessive speaking and laughter can increase unwanted facial movements and can affect the results.
- Elevate the treated area when sleeping. Use extra pillows and support, and sleep on your back for 7 days. Do not sleep with pressure on your treated skin.
- Antibiotic therapy is necessary after thread lift. Your Doctor will prescribe an appropriate antibiotic for you.
- After the thread lift, it is recommended that you consume soft, warm food so that your mouth only opens a small amount for 7 days.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid very hot drinks.
- Do not pull your face down.
- Do not raise your eyebrows or smile.
- No smoking if possible.
- No drinking with straws as this distorts the facial muscles.
- Avoid shaving for 10 days after procedure (because of involuntary grimacing). After 10 days you may shave with a new blade, allowing one pass over the skin without contorting the face. Normal shaving may be resumed after 1 month.
- Do not use make up for 3-5 days.
- Hold face with your hands if crying, laughing, coughing or sneezing to avoid excessive use of facial muscles.
- No strenuous exercise for at least 14 days. Light exercise (eg. Walking) is OK, but if you have any doubt please discuss with Doctor.
- Paracetamol or Paracetamol with codeine as required.
- It is normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort after the thread lift. There may be a feeling of tightness, pulling, and tenderness.
Is a thread lift painful?
Thread lift is one of the most minimally invasive procedure but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t feel pain. It will really depend on the pain tolerance of the patient and local anaesthesia will be used to ease, if not eliminate, the feeling of discomfort.
Manageable soreness and swelling may also occur after the thread lift.
Do thread lifts really work?
Though not as dramatically effective as face lift, thread lift treatment is worthwhile and result may last 1 to 3 years. Plastic surgeon recommends combining thread lift with other procedure for longer lasting result.
How long does threads last?
In an average, threads can last up to 24 months. The result of threads can last for years depending on how you maintain it. Eventually, thread still becomes loose over time. Also, continuous sagging of the skin cannot be hindered from the process of ageing.
As mentioned, one benefit of thread lift is you can concurrently go through other treatment for a more favourable effect
How much does a thread lift cost in Australia?
Cosmetic treatment price in Australia varies per region. Roughly, starting rate is at $695. Evaluation is done to assess the current state of your skin because total cost is not per thread but based from the complexity of the thread lift procedure