What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a procedure where temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible lift in the skin. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, we simply suspend it by stitching up portions of it. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. Threads create a more subtle and natural looking end result than facelift surgery and are best suited to patients who have mild to moderate, rather than severe, signs of skin laxity. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging by provoking the body’s healing response and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas.
Collagen helps support growth factors that are responsible for the condition of our skin and helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce less and less of it, which leads to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. This loss of volume and strength is a large factor in the creation of excess skin and wrinkles. As the skin grows weaker, it is no longer able to support the tissues beneath it causes it to move downwards and stretches it. Infusing the skin with fresh collagen can help reduce looseness by thickening and hydrating, and prevent it from getting worse by strengthening the skin.
This process provides ongoing and progressive rejuvenation for the facial tissues. Patients will notice a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness due to the body’s healing response constantly being activated because the body will want to “heal” the sutured areas.
Thread lifts can be performed under local anesthesia, and patients can drive themselves home and look after themselves immediately after having their procedure. While some patients will experience a little bit of soreness, redness and swelling after having a thread lift and therefore wish to take the rest of the day off, most can return to work immediately. Strong pain medication is rarely needed, making it easier for patients to return to their normal routine and making this procedure ideal for people who have children at home or those who have busy, demanding lives.