Face Thread Lift
Traditionally, facial rejuvenation was achieved by a full or lower facelift. However, advancements in aesthetic procedures have meant that it is now possible to lift the face without the need for the traditional surgical facelift. The thread lift offers this alternative option for facial rejuvenation.
This technique allows serious surgical interventions to be replaced by a simpler procedure. Thread lift technique uses specially designed threads to lift and correct flabbiness of the tissue. The main component in the thread is responsible for the rejuvenation effect thereby stimulating new collagen production and rehydration. The second component is responsible for the increase in the duration of the tightening effect.
INDICATION OF THREAD LIFT
A major indication for the use of thread lift are patients who, with the normal ageing process, have sagging skin on the jawline; deep furrows around the mouth and nose; and loose skin on the upper eyelid due to a droopy eyebrow. This treatment is also ideal for patients who may need lifting and reinforcing the middle third of the face and neck.
Although this technique is ideal for patients who do not require a full facelift, it is unrealistic to expect the same results from this technique as from a full facelift.
ADVANTAGES OF THREAD LIFT
The thread lift is a quick and simple procedure which is carried out under local anaesthesia. It will usually take around half an hour, depending on the number of areas being lifted. You may leave the clinic about 30 minutes after the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activities after a few days with a few obvious signs that you have had a cosmetic procedure.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
In the week before your scheduled procedure, you should not take any medications containing aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), since these products affect the blood clotting mechanism and therefore may lead to excessive bleeding during and after the procedure.
Taking high doses of Vitamin E, fish oil, eating large amounts of garlic and ginger and consuming alcohol can also produce the same result and should be avoided. If pain medication is necessary, we recommend you take paracetamol.
It is in your best interest to quit smoking at least two weeks before and until two weeks after the procedure. It is well known that smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels which leads to a decreased blood supply to the skin. Thus, slowing and interfering with the healing process.
Be sure to inform the surgeon of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have (medications, latex, plaster, etc.). It is also important to report to the surgeon if you are pregnant, lactating, have acute or chronic infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, keloid predisposition, blood clot disorders, or had non-biodegradable injectable implants previously injected in the treatment area.
THE THREADLIFT PROCEDURE
On the day of the procedure, it is best not to wear any makeup when coming in and to tie your hair back, if possible.
During the procedure, the area to be “lifted” will be injected with local anaesthesia to numb the area. Once the area is sufficiently anaesthetised, a very small incision (0.5cm) is made either behind the ear, in the forehead or temporal areas and a special thread lift needle will be inserted under the skin and muscle.