One of the most desired procedures for reversing the effects of aging is the thread lift. It is a safe and effective way of treating sagging skin…
What Is The Thread Lift Procedure?
The thread lift is also known as a suture lift or a stitch lift, and it is essentially a non-surgical way of addressing neck and face features. Fine threads made of special material are used to lift the areas of the neck and face and make them look young once again. The procedure is an excellent alternative to plastic surgery because it has a shorter recovery time and lesser risks are involved.
This technique originates a couple of years back, and it was created by surgeons who wanted an alternative way of slowing down the aging process. They made a procedure that is simpler and more efficient than a facelift.
How Does The Procedure Look Like?
Thread lifts can be done with or without anesthetics. The procedure is rather simple and not too painful, but some people like to wake up when it’s done because they don’t want to remember anything.
The first thing to do is to determine which areas need lifting. Doctors then decide the direction of the threads, selecting one that gives you the perfect natural look. They reposition the skin to choose the best position, and they mark the points for the operation.
When the measuring is over, local or complete anesthetics are applied. The anesthetics have two functions. The first one is obviously to numb the pain, and the second one is to stop blood flowing to the vessels in the treated area. That is done to stop bruising.
The surgeons then place the threads on the marked areas and pass them with a needle into the skin. Once they are in place, the doctors will pull the threads and the skin back into the right position.
How Does This Procedure Compare With The Traditional Facelift?
The first thing you have to understand is that the traditional facelift is a serious cosmetic procedure. There are dozens of variations that provide different results. The one thing they all have in common are long incisions and the removal of excess skin. This procedure causes a lot of pain and discomfort during an extended recovery period.
Furthermore, traditional facelifts can cause serious complications. The chances are not big, but if something happens, further aesthetic changes will have to be made.
On the other hand, thread lifting is much less aggressive, and it requires small incisions. The threads lift the soft tissues and the skin and anchor them to stronger tissues usually located on the sideburns so they can be hidden better. They may also be connected to the deep crease behind the ear, called the fascia.
The results of thread lifting are not as obvious as they would be with a facelift. They have a more natural look, and the change is still significant enough.
The idea behind this treatment is to give you your old natural appearance by reducing areas where the skin began to sag. This process is not final and it can be adjusted by adding new stitches when the time comes.
What Are The Side Effects Of A Thread Lift?
Thread lifting is a non-surgical procedure with mild side effects like swelling and bruising. Some patients are more sensitive which leads to stronger bruising that can take up to a week to disappear.
Since the cheeks feel tight naturally, some patients experience pain in the upper jaw and around the ears when they chew or yawn. The recovery time can be sped up by drinking plenty of water and eating soft food. Use painkillers to lower the pain that can last for up to three weeks.
Some patients get unsymmetrical results due to different features on the sides of their faces. If that happens, a surgeon will add more threads to balance out the differences.
Infection is also one of the possible side-effects, but it only occurs in small numbers of patients. Here, at Dr. Sharma's Studio Clinic, we always take care of sterilizing our equipment making sure that doesn’t happen.
How Long Will The Threads Last?
Thread lifts offer long-term results, but they don’t last forever. The tissues on your face will start returning to their previous positions, so the treatment needs to be repeated at least once every two years.