Continued advancements in cosmetic medicine are making it possible to enhance your best features using minimally invasive procedures.
Where facelifts were once the go-to procedure for those looking to address problems related to advanced ageing, thread lifts have fast become the preferred alternative. However, some people are still very unsure about whether this is the right option for them and what the procedure actually entails.
While the results of a thread lift are not quite as radical as a traditional facelift, it’s still a highly-effective way to reduce mild to moderate signs of ageing.
Thread Lift 101: 5 Things You Need to Know
If you’re considering a thread lift, this information will definitely come in handy.
Thread lifts are minimally invasive
Thread lifts are deemed minimally invasive because the skin still needs to be punctured to complete the procedure, which is why a local anaesthetic is required. Using biodegradable threads, your doctor will attach threads to the underlying tissue of the face to lift and contour it. Small cones along the threads are what anchor the tissue underneath the skin.
Fine needles are used to insert the threads and reposition the tissue beneath the skin, revealing a more youthful appearance. As an added bonus, the threads also stimulate the production of collagen, which will be present in the skin for at least 2 years.
The threads have been approved by the Australian government
Very specific, government-approved threads are used during this procedure. These threads have been specifically designed to grab hold of the tissue underneath the skin, while also encouraging the skin to produce more collagen. There are several different threads that can be used during this procedure but your doctor will explain the options to you.
A qualified doctor needs to perform your thread lift
Reputable clinics such as the Dr Zurek plastic surgery clinic will only allow qualified doctors to complete thread lifts. Not only does your doctor need to have the necessary qualifications but experience with this particular procedure too – not just anyone should be performing a thread lift!
A thread lift takes about 30 minutes to complete
The average thread lift can be completed in about 30 minutes and a local anaesthetic will be used to alleviate any discomfort. Each thread will be mounted on a fine needle before it is inserted under the skin and embedded in the facial tissue. The doctor will then use the threads to tighten the skin before anchoring each thread using a small cone.
Results are visible directly after your procedure
Even though you may experience some swelling, you will see a noticeable difference directly after your thread lift. You may also see the needle marks but these can be covered with makeup and will disappear within 48 hours. Most patients choose to take a day or two off work to give their skin time to heal. In some cases, there may also be some bruising but this doesn’t last longer than a week. Your skin may also feel quite tight after your procedure but the skin will slowly relax over the next week.