Thread lift (face lift)
The thread lift is most commonly performed under local anaesthesia and the procedure usually takes less than 60 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the number of threads used. Patients are able to go home soon after the procedure.
A thread lift utilizes tiny surgical sutures to lift and support the droopy areas of the brow, cheeks, face and neck. Threads have tiny, teeth-like (barb-like) cogs that will grasp on to and lift the soft tissues.
The threads are inserted in precise locations using a long needle, and once inserted under the skin, they open in an umbrella like fashion to form a support structure that gently lifts and repositions the tissues into a more vertical and youthful position.
With the lift effect secured, the needle is removed, the end of the thread is cut and knotted, allowing it to retract deep under the skin where it cannot be felt or seen. The non-absorbable threads stay within the deep tissues and provide support.
Unlike conventional sutures, which are smooth, threads have tiny teeth-like barbs or cogs that are spaced evenly apart. Once inserted under the skin, they are fixated with tension that creates a suspension effect that gently lifts sagging tissues. Threads are clear so they are not visible under fair or thin skin.
There is usually some swelling and bruising which can last several days. Pain is very minimal. There are some protective measures and instructions patients must follow for three weeks to avoid trauma and disruption, which might compromise the lift effect.
Experience has shown that duration and the degree of improvement varies, depending on the age of the patient at the time of the Thread Lift procedure, the degree of sagging, and the number of threads used.