A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure to improve skin laxity in various parts of the face. The common areas treated with a thread lift include the jowls, midface, brow and neck.
Minimally Invasive Procedure to Lift the Cheeks and Jawline
There are a variety of different threads currently available on the market. The Silhouette Soft is one of the most popular threads used by medical professionals. This thread comprises of cones that are used to anchor the skin over to provide the lifting effect.
Frequently Asked Questions
The thread lift is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthetic. Mr Nassab will discuss what you hope to achieve from the procedure and explain if this is possible with the use of threads alone. He will then explain how many threads will be required to give the desired result. Local anaesthetic is injected into the entry and exit points with a small amount along the path of the thread. Mr Nassab will then insert the threads in the appropriate places. You will then be asked to sit up to allow adjustment of the skin over the cones until the desired result is achieved. The exposed ends of the threads are then trimmed and antiseptic ointment applied to the entry and exit points.
The frequency of complications following thread lifts performed by experienced and trained plastic surgeons is uncommon. The reported complications include:
Pain and discomfort
It is normal to experience some discomfort and pain during and soon after the procedure.
Bruising and Swelling
Bruising can happen after the procedure and will usually resolve with the need for any further treatment. It is also normal to experience some swelling after the procedure. This will normally subside within a few days after the procedure.
Bleeding is uncommon after a thread lift but can rarely occur. This may even result in a haematoma, which is accumulation of blood under the skin. If these are small then they would normally resolve without the need for any other treatment.
All people will have some degree of asymmetry and so there may be residual asymmetry after treatment. Thread lifts are often used in the treatment of facial palsy where patients have major facial asymmetry.
It is normal to get some dimpling of the skin after the thread lift procedure. This usually settles within a few days.
The thread lift will improve skin laxity although it may not fully correct it. There may be some overcorrection initially which relaxes after a week or so.
Nerve injury or injury to deep structures is extremely rare if the procedure is performed by a specialist registered plastic surgeon who is familiar with the anatomy of the face. The plane of the thread lift is superficial to important facial structures and so the risk of damage to these is low.
It is uncommon to have an allergic reaction to the thread material or local anaesthetic used in the thread lift procedure but it can occur.
Failure of Procedure
It is important to be aware of the limitations of the procedure. The results will vary greatly from one patient to another. Mr Nassab will explain these limitations during the consultation and discuss whether you are suitable for the thread lift.
Changes with Time
The thread lift is a temporary procedure and the threads become absorbed with time. The result of this is that drooping or sagging of the treated areas will recur. The results should last for about 12-18 months although in some cases they may last for a shorter or longer period.
Thread lifts can be combined with other treatments such as fillers, lasers and botulinum (Botox) injections. It is often useful to combine these treatments to achieve better results. The use of Botox 2 weeks before a thread lift for the brow is normally recommended. Thread lifts can be performed at the same time as fillers. It is generally recommended that laser treatments such as Fraxel are not performed for up to 6 months after a thread lift.
The results of the threadlift procedure generally last for about a year although some may have shorter or longer lasting results. The initial lifting effect is immediate and this will often beoming looser with time. The threads also stimulate collagen formation and this effect is a longer term action that takes a few months to develop.
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This shows the marionette lines running from the corner of the mouth to the jawline.
This is the result shown at 6 weeks following the procedure. There has been improvement in the marionette lines.
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