The thread lift is a brilliant alternative to a facelift for many people looking for a less invasive option to provide facial lift. Tighten and lift your face without having to opt for a surgical facelift by having threads produce a subtle, yet effective, lift instead. Facial thread lift procedures are minimally invasive with a low-risk profile, making them more appealing for people not interested in dealing with the higher side effects, recovery time, and risk that comes with a surgical facelift. Our skin changes as we get older, and with that often comes a loss of volume and other cosmetic concerns. Previously, traditional cosmetic surgery was often the solution, these days less invasive treatments are more popular than ever, including the thread lift that now takes advantage of advancements in the development of specialised threads used to modernise this brilliant treatment option.
What is a Thread Lift?
Sometimes referred to also as a stitch lift, or a suture lift, this cosmetic procedure aims to assist with providing an increase in the lift of your facial skin. The procedure uses temporary threads of medical-grade materials to directly produce more of a taught appearance that improves one of the most prominent signs of ageing, skin sag. While the thread lift is hardly a new procedure, what is new is the materials now used being broader than ever. Varied types of threads help to provide different traits to best suit particular situations, budgets, and allow just about anyone looking for a subtle lift to have just what they’d like from one thread or another. The recent innovations in the types of threads used for thread lift procedures have led to a resurgence in the popularity of this well-established treatment option.
How Long Does a Thread Lift Take?
A thread lift can vary in the time required to complete, primarily depending on how many threads are going to be placed during the lift procedure. However, the average thread lift can be completed in 30-45 minutes, making this quite a swift facial rejuvenation procedure to consider. To ensure your thread lift is as quick and painless as possible have your threads inserted by an experienced cosmetic doctor to provide not just the best thread lift results, but also to ensure that you have the smoothest possible experience during your procedure. If you are short on time but have been craving a facial lift, the thread lift can help you achieve this with minimal cost on your time.
Thread Lift vs Face Lift
While a facelift can produce some quite extreme results at times, not everyone requires these more dramatic changes to have a really dramatic effect on their look. For many people, the lift achieved with a thread lift can make a significant improvement to the look of their skin and face, assisting to improve or restore a more youthful aesthetic. Even though facelift results are typically permanent, thread lift procedures don’t lack much here either with a long-lasting period of 1-3 years. If you take advantage of other non-surgical face rejuvenation tools such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections as well, you can combine them into a well-rounded and broad rejuvenation plan, not to say they don’t produce great results on their own though. The recovery from a thread lift is considered to pale in comparison to what is typical of a facelift. At the same time, these will vary depending on the specifics of what you have done. However, even a mild facelift will generally be more intensive to recover from that a thread lift.
How Much Does a Thread Lift Cost?
The amount you will pay for a thread lift will vary, primarily focussing on the type of threads chosen to be used as well as how many will be applied during your thread lift procedure. If you are in Melbourne or other parts of Australia, the average price for a thread lift is around $4000 – $5000. While this can be quite a lot for some people, the results can last for 1-3 years, and the cost of a thread lift can pale in comparison to the $20,000 or more you are likely looking at to have a surgical facelift performed. If you are still concerned about the costs involved in the short term but are confident you can cover them in the long run, some clinics provide thread lifts using ZipPay or similar after pay options.
What Should You Not Do After a Thread Lift?
After you have had a thread lift procedure completed, there are some things that can be beneficial to avoid to avoid detrimental effects to your thread lift results or recovery from your procedure. Avoid touching or rubbing the treated areas for at least 12 hours after your procedure, and beyond that be gentle until your threads have settled. Around three weeks of some care will usually be all that is required, just simple things like avoiding rough washing or wide-open mouth movements can be helpful to your thread lift recovery. Full aftercare instructions after your thread lifts will be provided by your cosmetic doctor, ensure you are sure you understand these and ask any questions you may have. While recovery from a thread lift is quite minimal, taking care while your threads settle can help you maintain optimal results, which is always a great thing and will have you enjoying a reduction in sagging skin and increased youthfulness sooner than you expect.
Advantages of a Thread Lift Compared to a Surgical Face Lift
- Thread lifts are more affordable compared to having a surgical facelift
- While a facelift takes several hours to complete the average thread lift is less than an hour
- As threads are inserted near the ear or the hairline, there is no visible scarring of your skin
- No need to go under general anaesthesia to have your threads placed
- Lower risk of complication with thread lifts compared to a surgical facelift
- Less intensive and shorter recovery time from a thread lift procedure
- Threads can be adjusted for a short window after the treatment if required
- Increase collagen production where threads are placed
- Improve the appearance of sagging skin without having to have a full facelift
Who Can Have a Thread Lift?
While the thread lift is a flexible procedure, not everyone is the perfect fit. Even though a range of people can receive fantastic results from a thread lift at a certain point, you may need to opt for a surgical facelift to get adequate results. Where the issue can be for some people is if they have excessive amounts of loose skin, if this is the case for you having this skin removed surgically is often a more practical option. However, many people benefit merely from the fantastic natural-looking lift that can be provided with the help of modern, high-quality threads. If you have good skin elasticity and would just like a little facial rejuvenation, often a thread lift can be the perfect thing to consider. The best way to work out the right treatment or procedure to suit your needs is to have a consultation with an experienced cosmetic doctor, who can assess the current condition of your skin and facial dynamics to help work with you to develop a well-suited treatment plan to address your aesthetic concerns.
Before a Thread Lift and How to Prepare for a Thread Lift Treatment
Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking for at least a week before your thread lift. When you drink or smoke these activities can both dehydrate the skin, cause excessive bleeding if you drink close to your procedure, or interfere with your recovery process. If you are taking any blood-thinning medications to ensure you have spoken with your doctor about this as it may interfere with your treatment and need to be accounted for or where possible discontinued in advance. Never stop taking prescription medication without the advice of your general practitioner as this can have unintended side effects, however, if you do on occasion take aspirin, ibuprofen or other OTC medications and supplements that cause blood thinning these are best avoided as well. Blood thinners can result in excessive bruising and other concerns that can otherwise be avoided. The potential issues are why it is important to discuss medications you take and your medical history your doctor at your consultation, prior to booking your treatment session to ensure you are well-prepared. Ensuring you stay well hydrated before and after treatment is very helpful, while many of us simply don’t drink enough water. Still, when it comes to recovery, it pays to give your body the resources it needs, and water is an essential resource for your body and even just your skin.
Where are Thread Lifts Used to Target?
- Forehead skin
- Mild to moderate sagging skin
Side Effects of Thread Lifts?
While thread lifts are considered to be reasonably low-risk treatment options, they aren’t risk-free. Any treatment comes with some degree of risk of potential side effects, and thread lifts are no different in this regard. After having threads placed, it is common to experience some degree of bruising, localised pain, swelling, or bleeding. There’s a smaller chance of other side effects from the treatment such as an allergic reaction to the threads used, dimpling of the skin, migration of the treads under your skin, pain under the skin, or infection.
For a full list of the risks involved and to discuss potential side effects that you may be more prone to due to medical conditions or similar, discuss this with your cosmetic doctor so you fully understand the risks involved and can make an informed decision on whether a threads treatment is right for you and your skin. Thanks to local anaesthetic typically being used there are some benefits here over surgical lift alternatives as these usually are performed with general instead of local anaesthetic which does come with a higher risk profile.
Is a Thread Lift Permanent?
No, a thread lift will typically last somewhere between 1 – 3 years. The most significant thing that affects the lasting-period of a thread lift is the threads that are used. However, while threads don’t last forever in this case, you are often left with a long-lasting increase in collagen production in the areas you have your threads placed under the skin as well. Over time the threads dissolve, and you can then look at your skin and decide later if you’d like to have further treatments. Thanks to the swiftness this treatment can be performed, the great ability it has to lift the skin, and the range of threads available, the lasting-period of this procedure still makes it very worthwhile, even though it isn’t permanent. A lack of permanence when it comes to your skin is often a good thing, as this allows you to adapt to changes in your skin as you age further, instead of having to take drastic action every few years to maintain a youthful look and deal with stubborn sagging skin starting to form.
What are the Best Threads to Get?
Whether you choose a Silhouette Soft thread lift, PDO threads, or one of the other well-known threads that are used for this procedure these days you likely to enjoy a great subtle lift. When it comes to your skin though, there is no “one size fits all” while you are looking for the best results for your skin. Working with your doctor to develop a plan that suits what you prioritise is the best way to find out which threads could best address the issues you have with your facial skin. The best threads when it comes to having a lift, are the ones that suit your preferences, including not just cosmetic factors but things like your budget as well.
Getting Ready for Facial Threads
If you are interested in what a thread lift could do to help you achieve a revitalised and rejuvenated aesthetic, book a consultation today. At Aesthetic Studio Clinic, our in-depth consultations are a step above the rest as we take the time to work with our patients to develop the best treatment plans that suit your needs. We offer a range of treatment options which allow you to tackle any cosmetic issue you may be facing, often with a variety of options to consider. We use only the finest quality injectables, equipment, and treatments to provide our patients with the best possible outcomes when combined with the expertise of our skilled cosmetic doctors. Contact us today and spend more time enjoying your skin rather than wondering what you could do to improve it.