A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure which helps in lifting sagging skin for a younger and revitalised look.
Thread lift is also known as lunchtime facelift or weekend lift as it takes very little time to conduct the procedure.
How does thread lift work?
There are different types of threadsThreads with barbs. (some barbed threads are absorbable and some are non absorbable)
Barbed non sutured monofilament polypropylene threads (Polypropylene sutures were modified by designing many dents along their lengths. These threads hold tissue firmly because of the sharp edges to the dents) and allows to relieve facial soft tissue ptosis when it is light or moderate. With this method is possible to lift different areas of the three thirds of the face. Barbed polypropylene threads are inserted through the fat tissue with only a long and thin needle as a guide.
Threads with cones. (they are usually absorbable type of threads with multiple cones along the thread)
It is made of Poly L-lactic acid (PLLA), it is a well-known polymer that has been used for many years in a number of biomedical and pharmaceutical applications: suture thread, orthopaedic pins, rods, screws and nails for bone fractures. It is because this polymer is particularly biocompatible with human beings, and also completely biodegradable, that such applications have been developed.
This technique leaves no scars and can be successfully used for all areas of the face and neck resulting in a fresher and younger look. Recovery time is minimal and patient can quickly go back to their full social life.
The lifting effect is immediate and discreet as it is the result of compressing the tissue and elevating the skin at the time of implanting the suture. After inserting the suture, Dr. Attalla applies slight pressure on the treated area. In this way, the doctor reshapes the surface of the skin and makes it visibly smoother.
Who is an ideal candidate for Thread Lift?
It is a perfect option for patient that has saggy skin but has enough facial volume.
Patient that does not consider mini face lift.
Patient with multiple medical problem and not fit enough for surgery.
Threads can be used in combination with dermal fillers and laser.
Thread lift can be used in the following conditions:
Face and neck: Thread lift can help with droopy eyebrows, saggy mid face, early sagging skin in the jowls and neck.
Body: breast lift, saggy arms, upper abdomen, lower abdomen and upper thigh
The consultation: in your initial visit you will have proper consultation with Dr. Attalla. You will be assessed for your suitability for the procedure and you will be explained the procedure in details.
You will be offered a medicine to help you to feel more relaxed and to make the procedure more comfortable for you.
The skin will be injected with local anaesthesia to minimise the discomfort during the procedure and all done under aseptic technique.
In the theatre the threads will be inserted under the skin under aseptic technique.
A supporting garment will be applied to help with the swelling and to support the tissues.
You need to use you prescribed medications on time and to keep the garment on for 2 weeks.
You will be advised to raise the head of the bed on the first few nights after the procedure to minimise the swelling.
It’s advised to minimise using you facial muscles ( e.g excess smiling/ laughing) to allow the threads enough time to keep the lifted tissues in place.
It is recommended to consume soft foods that are easy to chew and digest. Patients who may experience some pain will be advised to take paracetamol. Recovery time is usually 1 to 3 weeks. A large number of patients also experience decreased swelling if they elevate their head.
There are different techniques for thread lift and your cosmetic surgeon may choose one depending on the area treated, the direction of pulling or increasing the area volume versus lifting effect.
One of the primary reasons your surgeon may decide to incorporate more than one thread lift technique is
Complications are very rare in a thread lift surgery with minimal risks involved.
Common but unserious side effects are swelling, bruising and temporary loss of movement of some of facial muscles due to the effect of local anaesthetic.
It is recommended to use ice on the treated areas and to raise the head of the bed for 48 hours.
Skin puckering due to thread pulling effect on the dermis of the skin. The puckering can last for 1-2 weeks before it disappears.
In rare cases the thread can stick out the skin and become visible. It is a simple complication and can be treated easily but you need to report it to your cosmetic surgeon as soon as possible so the problem can be addressed. Infection is a possibility in thread lift, although it is very rare.
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What happens after the threads absorbed?
Fibrous tissue bands are the normal support of the skin to the deeper layers and it prevents the skin from sagging. When we age we lose the fibrous tissue support and the skin start to become saggy and droopy with gravity.
The threads usually get absorbed by the body in 6-9 weeks and during this time the threads will be replaced by your own body collagen and fibrous tissue and that helps over that period to lift your skin and give you younger look.
How many threads do we usually use to lift the face?
Usually we use 6-8 threads on each side to get the best long lasting results.
Do you use the same type of threads in a single procedure?
We usually use a combination of more than one type of thread in a single procedure to address the skin and subcutaneous tissues.
Can threads be used with other cosmetic procedure?
You can combine the thread with dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injection or other skin rejuvenating procedures like peels and laser.
How much does it cost?
The cost of thread lift varies depending on the area treated; number of threads used and amount of skin laxity.
While we’ve attempted to answer the most common questions in this article, you can come for free consultation, you can always reach out to Chelsea Cosmetic’s team of experts on (03)88223472 or at email@example.com.
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