Thread Lift Face: aka Face Lift, Standard Facelift, Weekend Facelift, Small Face Lift, Mini Face Lift, Lunchtime Lift
What is it?
A thread lift is a less invasive procedure than the traditional facelift, one that helps provide the support and structure younger people often need as they experience sagginess caused by weakened muscles in the face. Often called a lunchtime facelift or weekend facelift the thread facelift can help improve:
- The structure of the cheeks and eyebrows
- Sagging of the eyebrows or eyes
- Sagging in the jowls or neck
- Tired look
- Improve the fullness of the face
- Help restore a more youthful appearance in younger individuals between the ages of 33 and 45 usually
Those most likely to request a thread life include women in their mid 30s and 40s that begin to lost facial fat and those experiences bags under their eyes, in the neck or those that notice some sagging or lack of fullness in their faces.
Others prefer the thread lift as part of a comprehensive face lift to provide more support.
During a thread facial lift, the surgeon takes sutures of barbed threads and inserts them into the face and scalp to lift the eyebrows, eyelids and nasolabial area or the folds between the nose and the corner of the mouth. These threads can also lift aging neck tissue.
The sutures go directly under facial tissues in the scalp using a thin needle. Typically no stitches are needed and because a formal incision is not needed, no scars are evidence.
The two most common forms of thread lift used in the U.S. are the Contour and the FeatherLift or Aptos lift.
A surgeon may use a couple of different techniques during the procedure to procure the best result. For example, the surgeon may insert the threaded needle into the tissues in just under the skin and lock the threads into place so that collagen will grow in this area to lift the skin.
Often surgeons may combine a few different techniques in an attempt to try to create the most natural-looking effect possible.
Alternatives to Surgery
This procedure is an excellent procedure for individuals that do not want to have invasive surgery because typically doctors conduct it on an outpatient basis in a surgery center or medical office. Many times a patient can watch what it happening and provide the plastic surgeon with feedback during the procedure. Many patients will take a relaxing medication so they are not nervous.
Before the Operation
Before the operation the surgeon will likely request you do not eat or drink anything for up to 12 hours before the procedure. The physician may also prescribe an anxiety medication to help calm nerves prior to surgery too.
If you smoke you may need to quit smoking for a time period prior to surgery. This will help improve your odds of a healthy recovery.
After the Operation- In the Hospital
During the recovery time in the hospital, the patient will be waking up from their anesthesia if any and allowed to become reoriented. The recovery period for this kind of a face lift is much easier in most cases for patients than the traditional surgical face lift.
After the Operation- At Home
Recovery is usually simple. Often you will need someone to drive you home and help monitor your progress for the first 24 hours. You will probably need to embrace certain dietary restrictions for the first day or two following surgery. You may want to stick to soft foods that are easily chewed and digested. Pain is often easily managed with Tylenol.
Many patients find elevating their head can help reduce swelling. Most patients find they heal well within one to three weeks.
As with any procedure the thread life comes with some risks. It is a newer procedure so not all of the risks are known yet at this time. One risk is that despite a surgeon’s best effort their may be little to now improvement. If this happens most surgeons will recommend a traditional facelift, neck lift, brown lift or other cosmetic procedure to provide you with a more positive outcome.
Some patients may notice their sutures become visible in the week or so following surgery. Typically this is the result of poor procedure. You should report any complications like this to your surgeon or a qualified plastic surgeon.
Some patients may find their skin is sensitive at the surgical site but this usually subsides in a few weeks or days. Infection is a rare complication but it can happen.
Thread face lifts or lunchtime face lifts generally provide younger patients an opportunity to improve the look and contour of their faces without the downtime commonly associated with a traditional facelift. However, there are pros and cons to this procedure. There are some patients that feel the thread lift does not provide as powerful results as a one might expect. Still others feel that the results are less than stellar. However, there are many people that report they are very happy with the subtle effects of the thread lift. Make sure you consult with a qualified plastic surgeon if you plan to consider the thread lift for improving the tone and contour of your face. This lunchtime facelift may be just what you need to look and feel five to ten years younger.
Estimated Costs for Thread Face Lift
Most thread lift procedures average from $1500 to $5000 or more depending on the complexity of the procedure and the surgeon’s skill. Make sure you fully investigate your plastic surgeon’s skill in performing this procedure as it is relatively new.