Thread lifts are temporary, absorbable sutures that are inserted under the skin. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. The treatment is minimally invasive and produces instant results. The foreign body stimulates collagen synthesis and the skin structure created will hold for 12 to 15 months.
The ideal thread lift candidate is usually in his or her late thirties to early fifties, whereas most patients over the age of about 55 will benefit more profoundly from face lift surgery. Thread lifts can, however, provide a facelift alternative for older patients who are unable to have surgery for medical reasons. Because thread lifts can be performed under local anesthesia, many people who have age-related conditions that make them ineligible for surgery (like high blood pressure, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease) can safely have this treatment. If you have any outstanding health conditions, make sure to talk to your doctor about whether or not a thread lift might be right for you.
Thread lifts are performed in the office under local anesthesia and can be done in as little as one hour. Multiple cannulas are inserted in the areas of concerns and as they are withdrawn a small, suture is left in its place. As the thread dissolves, this stimulates the body's "healing response" and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas.
While some patients will experience a little bit of soreness, redness and swelling after having a thread lift and therefore wish to take the rest of the day off, most can return to work immediately. Strong pain medication is seldom needed after having thread lifts, making it easier for patients to return to their normal routine. This procedure is therefore ideal for people who have children at home or those who have busy, demanding careers.
Thread lifts can achieve a moderate degree of improvement that is often immediately visible without undergoing a surgical face lift. This will improve over a period of 2-6 months as new collagen grows between the threads and gives further lift and tightening to the skin. The threads gradually dissolve over about 6 months, but the resulting lift remains.