Understanding Some Information About Thread Lifts

Posted on: 13 September 2017


If you have a variety of wrinkles and patches of sagging skin on your face, then you may be considering a full face lift. However, the traditional type of lift does come with its risks, possible side effects, scarring, and long healing times. If you want to try a less invasive procedure to see if it provides you with the look you desire, then keep reading to learn a little more about a thread lift.

What Is Different About A Thread Lift?

A thread lift is not a traditional face lift, but a minimally invasive procedure that provides a lot of the same basic aesthetic benefits as a face lift. The lift involves the insertion of hollow needles underneath the skin and through the fatty layer of the face. A thread is passed through the needles and left behind. This thread is a piece of polypropylene that contains small barbed or sharp areas that attach to the tissue. Your surgeon will then move their fingers over the threads in the direction where the skin needs to be lifted. This gently pulls and holds the skin in a tighter position.

Over time, the barbs stimulate the formation of new tissue and collagen material that assist in contouring the face in the tighter position. In this way, the body naturally tightens with the assistance of stimulation from the threads. 

The threads in the face do dissolve over time, leaving the new and smooth collagen behind. Scarring is reduced with the process, but the insertion sites may be red and sore for a few days to a few weeks.

What Are The Drawbacks Of The Procedure?

If you want drastic results, then the thread lift is not a good choice. In this situation, a traditional lift is the only thing that can really lift up the sagging skin. Additionally, the extra skin is trimmed during the procedure, but not during a thread lift. This means that extra skin will remain on the face with a thread treatment, and it will merely be a bit tighter.

Thread lifts also will succumb to the natural aging, wrinkling, and sagging process much more quickly than traditional face lift. This means that you can expect the results from the thread variety to last only a few years. However, a traditional one can last far longer. While this is true, there are some things you can do to make the thread lift last as long as possible. A healthy lifestyle that includes adequate nutrition, hydration, and exercise are wise to keep the skin taut. Also, avoid smoking and the sun. 

Contact a doctor like William M. Parell, MD, PSC for additional advice.