A Simple Solution to Sagging Skin
A thread lift is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure which helps lift sagging skin or loose skin for a younger, revitalised look. Thread lifts are also known as the lunchtime facelift, or ‘weekend lift’ as the procedure can be completed in a very short amount of time.
This simple procedure requires no incisions or stitches, meaning it leaves no scars and has very minimal recovery, allowing you to quickly return to your normal life. This lunchtime facelift technique can be successfully used for all areas of the face and neck to create a younger, fresher look without worrying about more invasive surgical procedures.
In the hands of an expert, a thread lift (or lunchtime facelift) provides an excellent solution for skin laxity around the upper-, mid-, and lower-face and neck. The lift treatment of a thread lift comes from compressing the tissue and elevating the skin simultaneously with suture implantation.
After inserting the suture, Dr Attalla applies slight pressure on the treated area to reshape the surface of the skin, creating visibly lifted, smoother skin. Often, we achieve the most natural results by combining the lifting effect of the thread lift with fillers to remedy volume loss.
Key Benefits of a Thread Lift
Here at Chelsea Cosmetics, we are thrilled to offer Thread Lifts as a simple, less-invasive way to rectify sagging skin and rejuvenate your appearance.
- No surgery
- No incisions or stitches
- No scars
- Very minimal recovery time
- Immediate and discreet effect
In the past, thread lift procedures used primitive technology to pull the skin and subcutaneous tissues in a chosen direction (or ‘vector’) to achieve the desired lift. Since then, a new thread lift procedure has been developed that adds a new dimension to traditional thread pulling, changing the concept of concept of facelift technology.
The new thread lift is a non-surgical facelift, eliminating the requirement for incisions and stitches that were necessary in the old procedure. The new procedure works in two ways—creating both strong pulling and volume redistribution effects simultaneously through the use of modern silhouette soft threads.
This technology allows us to move sagging skin and relaxed subcutaneous tissues to substitute for facial volume loss. The effect is similar to a mini-facelift, without any requirement for incisions, and leaving no scars in front of the ears. This aspect of the new thread lift also minimises the need to use fillers for remedying areas of volume loss.
What Does The Procedure Involve?
Thread lifts are performed under local anaesthesia, with a mild sedative provided thirty minutes prior to the procedure to help you relax.
Before the procedure begins, the surgeon marks the scope of concern and then injects a mixture of local anaesthetic and adrenaline into the entry points. These injections ensure the patient won’t feel the threads as they are being stitched into the skin and help to minimise post-procedure bruising.
Once the area is numb, the surgeon creates an entry point in the skin using a needle and inserts the threads. The threads are slid in opposing directions, pulling the skin to ensure the best possible effect, before the surgeon anchors the thread and finalises the procedure.
Thread Lift Common Side-Effects
The most common side-effect experienced in thread lifts is post-procedural swelling. This is a normal reaction, predominantly occurring due to the injection of fluid and local anaesthetic during the procedure. This can typically be expected to last for two days and will gradually subside over the following week.
The second most common side effect experienced with thread lifts is bruising—fortunately, this is usually minimal. If it causes concern, however, bruising can be easily treated using a vascular laser.
Another common side effect which may result from a thread lift is ‘puckering’. This term refers to small dents at the entry points of the threads; this is not a cause for alarm, and usually resolves within two weeks without any further intervention.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Valid for ages 18 and over
- Not recommended if you are allergic or sensitive to biomaterials
- If you have severe ptosis or a great deal of excess skin, consult your doctor
- Results will vary for each person
- Timing of procedure to be agreed upon between patient and practitioner
- Recommended only for patients who fully understand the treatment and the risks of the treatment
- Not suitable for those who are pregnant, breast feeding, have neuromuscular disease, Bell’s palsy, or any active skin disease
- Fillers may be required for a more enhanced look
“Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, feel free to seek a second opinion from another appropriately qualified health practitioner.”
Why Choose Chelsea Cosmetics?
Most Advanced Technologies
We always look for the most advanced technology all over the world and we pioneered Fat concentrate transplant, Skin Mesotherapy gun and Plasma pen fibroblast treatment.
Dr Mark Attalla has a 20 years of surgical experience in cosmetic surgery. All the patients are examined well for their suitability for surgeries and all the required tests are done before surgery.
We also pride ourselves with keeping up to date with the ever changing cosmetic industry. Continuous learning is the only way we can provide the latest and most effective procedures.
How it Works
Different types of threads can be used in a thread lift depending on the patient’s needs and the surgeon’s preferences.
THREADS WITH BARBS
Barbed non-sutured, monofilament polypropylene threads come in both absorbable and non-absorbable varieties. These threads are adapted from polypropylene sutures, to which sharp-edged dents were added along the length of the thread.
Using a long, thin needle as a guide, the threads are inserted by the doctor through fat tissue. The sharp edges of these barbs hold tissue firmly, allowing the procedure to relieve light to moderate facial soft tissue ptosis. This barbed method of thread lift can lift up to three-thirds of the face in differing areas depending on the individual patient.
THREADS WITH CONES
This type of thread is composed of the well-known polymer, Poly L-lactic acid (PLLA), and has been adapted with the addition of multiple cones along the length of the thread.
PLLA has been used for many years across different biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. These uses include suture threads, orthopaedic pins, rods, screws and nails for bone fractures.
PLLA is both particularly biocompatible and completely biodegradable, broadening its useability across a variety of applications. As a result of using this material, these threads are usually absorbable, dissolving to help stimulate your skin’s collagen production.
Using threads with cones, like the Soft Silhouette threads our dedicated team of practitioners at Chelsea Cosmetics use, leaves no scars. These threads can successfully be used across all areas of the face, creating a rejuvenated, younger appearance.
Minimal recovery time means you can quickly resume living your life to the fullest, looking your best.
- No extended hospital time
- No surgery
- No incisions or stitches
- No scars
- Very minimal recovery time
- Immediate, discreet, rejuvenating effect.
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Most Popular FAQs
The most common complication is swelling after thread lift; this is mainly as a result of the fluid and local anaesthesia injected during the procedure and less due to local inflammatory effects of the healing process. The swelling usually lasts for two days and then goes down gradually over a week.
Bruising is the second most common side effect and it is usually minimal and can be treated easily these days using a vascular laser. Puckering which are small dents at the entry points of the threads is also one of the most side effects and usually it resolves spontaneously in 2 weeks.
It takes it four weeks for the swelling and puckering to resolve and the skin will feel slightly pulled.
The Thread Lift is considered to be a low-traumatic method that is relatively painless. All patients experience varying pain thresholds, but comfort can be increased with local anesthesia. The small puncture required for implantation does not cause high degrees of pain, and most patients report low levels of discomfort during the procedure's minimal intervention.
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 starts to become saggy and droopy with gravity.
The threads usually get absorbed by the body in 12 months, 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 a younger look.
Usually, we use 6-8 threads on each side to get the best long lasting results.
We usually use a combination of more than one type of thread in a single procedure to address the skin and subcutaneous tissues.
The cost of thread lift varies depending on the area treated; the number of threads used and amount of skin laxity.
The rejuvenating and enhancing properties of a thread lift are immediate and discreet. It’s important to be aware that it may take up to four weeks for any swelling, puckering, and feelings of tightness to resolve and for the full effect of the results to be evident.
The results of a thread lift result last from two to three years, and it is strongly advised that patients book in a ‘review’ thread treatment one to two years after the initial consultation. This ‘review’ treatment uses a single thread on each side to maintain the outcome of the procedure and will ensure results last longer.
The best candidates for thread lifts are those patients who retain good skin volume in the face but are suffering from moderate skin laxity. Those patients who lack volume in the face are less likely to see such strong benefits of a thread lift and thus are not good candidates. In this instance, we advise patients to have a procedure to improve facial volume, so the thread lift is more effective.
The cost of thread lift varies depending on the area treated; the number of threads used and amount of skin laxity. The estimated thread lift price is approximately $7,000 or less.
While we’ve attempted to answer the most common questions in this article, we invite you to come in for a free consultation if you’d like to know more. And, you can always reach out to Chelsea Cosmetic’s team of experts on (03)88223472 or at email@example.com.
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