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All You Need to Know About the Benefits of a Thread Lift

Thread lifting was first introduced in the early 1990s and is now being used worldwide as a nonsurgical facelift technique. Today, available threads are made of dissolvable materials that are inserted into the subcutaneous fat layer to lift areas such as the forehead, cheeks, mouth, neck and decollete. Some doctors also use threads to reduce sagging in the arms, hands, knees, and buttocks.

What does it do?

Using sutures to help lift sagging skin is a minimally invasive technique for improving the elasticity and firmness of the skin. This treatment is recommended for patients with moderate sagging.

The practitioner will treat targeted areas with a local anesthetic before inserting the thread. The cones on the thread hold onto the tissue, which anchors the skin and holds it firmly.

Advantages of Thread Lifting

Avoids large incisions and substantial dissection.

Shorter operation period

Shorter recovery period

Less traumatic

Less frequent side effects depending on the type of technique performed.

In-office procedure

Disadvantages of Thread Lifting

Repositioning fails to address excess skin.

Temporary results

How do I know if I should get a thread lift?

Prime candidates are those with moderately sagging skin. For the majority of patients, combining thread lift with other non-surgical procedures can deliver optimal results. Patients can consider dermal fillers to help hydrate and reduce lines in the facial area after the thread lift.

Patients suitable for thread liftsPatients not suitable for thread lifts
Slightly undefined mandibular region Sagging of the cheeks Deep nasolabial lines Forehead wrinkles Double chin Lax neck skin.Advanced facial lipoatrophy Excessive skin laxity Those expecting immediate results Those needing results similar to those seen in standard facelift surgery.

Risks and side effects

Thread lifts have been used frequently over the last few decades. Once the bio-resorbable threads are inserted, the skin is lifted. Over time, the threads dissolve, stimulating the body’s production of natural collagen. Adverse reactions are rare, but it is important to receive treatment from a licensed practitioner.

Common side effects:

Bruising

Swelling

Redness

Tenderness

Numbness

Rare side effects:

Temporary dimpling

Cones visible under the skin

Scar formation

Infection

Puckering

Asymmetrical results

Post-Procedure Management

Apply a cold pack to the treated area for 10 to 15 minutes immediately after the procedure.

An antibiotic cream may be prescribed and must be used as directed.

If needed, analgesic medication may be prescribed. Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs for the first 7 days.

Follow any other instructions given by your doctor.

Thread lift cost

For those who are not experiencing excessive sagging, a thread lift can be a great option. Although it is temporary, the stimulation of natural collagen can help further improve the skin’s condition. The cost of the treatment will vary depending on how many areas are being treated and the number of threads needed. The average overall cost ranges from $1,500 to $4,500. That being said, some patients also opt for dermal fillers once the skin has healed from the thread lift. Depending on the filler used, the cost can range from $250 to $800 or more. This treatment is considerably more cost-effective for the patient, although some patients may prefer more permanent results. A traditional facelift can cost up to $15,000 or more.

There has been a recent increase in interest in thread lifting. More patients are aware of the benefits and fewer risks involved in this minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatment. As well, due to its affordable cost, more and more patients are opting for this treatment as an alternative to a surgical facelift.

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