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Thread lift is a treatment used to achieve a lifting effect on the face by inserting superfine, absorbable monofilament threads into the skin. The threads can then be left in place. With a high level of safety, minimum downtime, instant and persistent results, this method is considered excellent in treating sagging skin of patients who are looking for less invasive treatment.

 

When compared to face lift surgery, thread lift treatment requires very short downtime and almost no visible scarring. The treatment tends to appeal to patients who do not wish to undergo invasive surgeries and/or who do not have to much sagging (and excess skin) on the facial areas.

 

Patients demand this interference to be performed with minimum risk to their health, minor injury, short post-operative rehabilitation period. The areas which can be treated with the procedure are: sagging eyebrows, asymmetric brows, sagging cheeks, drooping soft tissues of the mid and lower face and sagging neck area. 

 

The best candidate for a thread lift are men and woman who are beginning to experience sagging in the cheeks, brow, jowls or neck area. The procedure is not recommended for patients who are grossly overweight or extremely thin or if the skin is too loose and needs a full face lift. 

 

Threads / Silhoutte Soft

Threads are special sutures produced for lifting the sagging contours of the brow, mid-face and neck areas. Unlike conventional sutures, which are smooth, threads, have tiny barbs or cogs and made of clear polypropylene so they are not visible under fair or thin skin. Polypropylene is a material that has been used safely in the body for many years in medical devices. 

 

Procedure

 

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which takes approximately 1 hour. The procedure is performed on sagging area, starting from down to upward. While the skin is pulled to the direction one wish to be, needle is injected in the affected area. The procedure is performed to the face line and outward from the Marionette line. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the temporal area and the threads are inserted under the skin. The tiny barbs on each thread open in an umbrella-like fashion to form a support structure that gently lifts sagging tissues of the brow, face and/or neck. Once in position, your body generates new collagen bundles that encapsulate each thread to help maintain the elevation of lifting effect. The exact placement of the threads will vary from patient to patient.

 

Results

 

The duration varies from two to five years (or more) depending on patient’s age at the time of the procedure and the degree of sagging. Thread lift procedure rejuvenate the face without changing patient’s natural features. Facial soft tissues are just repositioned to their original location. The duration of result may vary from patient to patient. 

 

Indications

 

  • lift the whole face
  • smaller face
  • contour adjustment 
  • improvement of the small wrinkles on the face
  • promoting skin elasticity
  • skin texture improvement

 

Absolute Contraindications

 

  • having skin infection and inflammation
  • during pregnancy
  • an anticoagulant medication
  • patients who have blood related diseases

 

Relative Contraindictions

 

  • when sagging is serious and deep
  • patients who have scar on the face
  • autoimmune disease patients

 

Complications

 

  • thread expulsion
  • pain
  • pressure pain
  • swelling
  • rash
  • infection
  • internal bleeding (especially around eyes)
  • needle scar

 

Downtime

 

  • couple of days (depending on patient to patient)
  • applying make-up is possible after the procedure

 

The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.

 

Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long­ term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.

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