Thread Lift uses extremely fine surgical sutures to lift and support the droopy areas of the face, brow and neck. The threads have tiny barbs that grasp on to and lift the soft tissues. The threads are inserted in position and once in place, the tiny barbs are gently opened which then lifts and repositions the underlying facial tissue into a more vertical and youthful position.
The end of the thread is then cut and knotted, allowing it to retract deep under the skin. The threads then remain under the skin to provide structure and support. They are inserted via a tiny incision behind the hairline so there are no visible scars.
They cannot be felt and are clear so that they are not visible once they are in place. Once in position, your body generates new collagen bundles that surround each thread to maintain the lifting effect. The exact placement of the threads will vary from patient to patient.
Usually only one procedure is needed to achieve the desired lifting effect. The length of time the results last varies depending on the age of the patient at the time of the procedure, the degree of sagging, and the number of threads used. Additional threads may be added as needed.
Risks and complications with the Thread Lift are uncommon and usually easily rectifiable. The actual thread is made from proven materials which have been used in all dissolvable sutures devised for sewing wounded blood vessels. These are modified as to resemble a fishbone with very small (almost invisible) and duly directed swells.
In general, the best candidates for this procedure include both women and men in their thirties through their sixties who want a more youthful appearance, but do not want a conventional full facelift or browlift procedure.