Do you want to remedy the early signs of facial ageing without surgery? Thread lifts give you a safe, effective and non-surgical option that provides long-lasting rejuvenation. With a thread lift, you can enjoy relief from many symptoms commonly treated by facelifts in a procedure you can have in your doctor’s office in about an hour.
What’s better, a thread lift can provide years worth of results. A thread lift cannot treat more severe facial ageing, but it can help many individuals stop and reverse early and unwanted signs and avoid more invasive procedures. Find out if a thread lift is right for you now.
What is a thread lift?
A thread lift uses fine, barbed TGA-cleared sutures to lift the sagging contours of the brow, mid-face and neck areas. Unlike conventional sutures, the tiny barbs (or “cogs”) on the clear polypropylene threads adhere to and lift the skin providing the desired rejuvenation.
The threads are not visible even under fair or thin skin. Further, the polypropylene material of which the threads are made has been used safely in the body for many years in medical devices and is considered one of the safest materials which can be used within the body.
Your specialist plastic surgeon can perform your thread lift in many ways, depending on your specific needs. This makes a thread lift procedure a versatile treatment for facial ageing which can give patients results which are both targeted and appropriate.
What areas does a thread lift treat?
A thread lift can treat facial ageing symptoms which appear anywhere on the face. Dr. Ansari will discuss your specific needs, the options you have and your expectations from the procedure thoroughly with you during your in-person consultation. Areas that a thread lift can treat include:
- Sagging eyebrows
- Asymmetric brows
- Sagging cheeks
- Drooping soft tissues of the mid and lower face
- Sagging neck area
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Who can have a thread lift?
The best candidates for a thread lift are men and women who are beginning to experience sagging in the cheeks, brow, jowls or neck areas. The procedure is not recommended for patients who are far from their ideal weight, who are very thin or who have skin which is too loose. In these cases, if you wish to have facial rejuvenation, you can still improve your symptoms, and Dr Ansari will discuss your best alternatives with you.
- What happens during a thread lift?
You can have a thread lift in Dr Ansari’s offices under local anaesthesia in about an hour. During the procedure, Dr Ansari will make a tiny incision or puncture in the temporal area and lower face and will begin to insert the threads under the skin. The tiny barbs on each thread open in an umbrella-like fashion to form a support structure that gently lifts sagging tissues of the brow, face and/or neck. Once in position, your body generates new collagen bundles that encapsulate each thread to help maintain the elevation or lifting effect. The exact placement of the threads will vary from patient to patient depending on your their individual needs.
- How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is quick, and usually performed under local anaesthesia, and if desired, light oral sedation. The actual length of time will depend upon the total number of threads used. On average, the procedure typically takes approximately one hour. In most cases, four threads are the minimum needed to address moderate sagging of one facial area.
- Does a thread lift have any risks or side effects?
When performed by an experienced specialist plastic surgeon, the thread lift procedure is safe and complications are rare. Minor side effects may include swelling, bruising, thread rupture, skin irregularities, asymmetries, puckering or infection. In some cases, patients may feel some tightness or pulling or may be able to feel the threads. Since this technique is entirely reversible, unwanted effects, when experienced, are usually easily corrected under local anaesthesia.
- How long will I need to recover from a thread lift?
Typically, patients can return to their usual activities or return to their work within a few days to a week. In most cases, there is only minimal discomfort, bruising or swelling. Concealing makeup may be worn the next day. Sometimes there is an indentation of the skin where the thread causes a bit of tension. This indentation usually resolves within few weeks.
- What is the recovery process like?
Immediately after the operation, cold compresses are recommended to help avoid bruising. Patients are not required to stay at home following their thread lift – it’s a matter of personal choice. However, it is important during the first days not to stress or exert pressure on treated facial areas. It is advisable to sleep on two or three pillows to raise the shoulders for the first three or four days.
- What results can I expect from a thread lift?
While results vary, physician’s experiences have shown that you can enjoy substantial facial rejuvenation from 18 months to three years or more. Factors which will affect how long your results will last include your age at the time of the procedure, the degree of skin sagging you have and the number of threads used.
- Will a thread lift change my facial features?
Thread lift procedures rejuvenate the face without changing your natural features. Facial soft tissues are just repositioned to their original location. After a thread lift, you can typically expect to look like you did a few years ago.
- Can I combine a thread lift with other cosmetic procedures?
The thread lift procedure is an ideal complement to other facial rejuvenation techniques. It is not uncommon to have a thread lift combined with dermal fillers to reduce facial muscle activity, dermal fillers to enhance volume or peels and liposuction to improve the jowl/chin area.
- Why should I choose My Cosmetic Clinic for my thread lift?
Dr Ansari is an experienced surgeon who is dedicated to helping patients achieve the results they desire. If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of a thread lift for yourself, contact My Cosmetic Clinic. You can call us on 1300 85 49 89 during working hours. You can also book your appointment or send an enquiry through our contact form on this website. Look younger now with a thread lift treatment performed by Dr Ansari at My Cosmetic Clinic!