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Understanding Threadlift, its benefits & side effects

Threadlift

A minimally invasive technique, the threadlift is a type of facelift with a very short recovery period as compared to the traditional facelift. Patients with busy lifestyles or who do not want to undergo longer surgical procedures are adopting it even though the results are subtler as compared to a mini facelift or a necklift.

What exactly is Threadlift?
Barbed threads or sutures to grasp the tissues are placed below the facial skin, and the skin is pulled up along the thread or elevated to rejuvenate the face by tightening the lax tissue. Since tissues are not being separated from each other and there is much less lifting of the skin, postoperative swelling and bruising are markedly reduced.

Results
this procedure is performed under local anesthesia and results are instant. The results can last up to three years before the threads need tightening or more threads need to be added. As such, there is little to no downtime. Proper selection of cases and accurate placement of the threads in the right places are most important to ensure good results. People with early signs of ageing benefit substantially with this procedure while old people with a lot of skin sagging or deep folds in the tissues might be disappointed. Although it can raise droopy areas of the brow, cheeks, jowls, and neck, it will not produce the same dramatic results as a facelift or brow lift.

Possible problems
There can be minor bruising, swelling and tenderness. Long term problems which are encountered include scarring around the threads, infection, puckering, the barbs being visible or coming out of the skin, and need for reoperation.

Threadlift procedure can be performed on the midface, brow, or lower face. In just 1-2 hours’ time, a patient can have a totally refreshed appearance.

Procedure

  • This minimally invasive face procedure can be carried out under local anesthesia.
  • Small incisions are made on the sides of the skin and a hollow needle is passed from one end to the other, of the portion of skin being tightened.
  • Barbed sutures are passed into the skin through the needle, and the needle is removed.
  • The barbs on one side of these threads cling to the outer skin and lift it up, while those at the other end attach themselves to the tissue layer beneath the skin.
  • The ends of the threads are stitched under the skin to provide scar free results.

Recovery

  • The recovery period for threadlift is less than a week.
  • During that period, you should not rub the face, or eat foods that require a lot of chewing.
  • If you are comfortable wearing thin,flesh coloured bandages, you can go to work the next day.
  • Make up can be applied soon after.

Advantages

  • Involves minimal discomfort, no scarring, no general anaesthesia required, and a quick recovery.
  • The threadlift is a short and minimally invasive face procedure. The facial skin looks tighter, younger and toned immediately after the procedure. It takes years off a person’s age by getting rid of the wrinkles, folds, sags and facial lines.
  • Unlike a facelift, which overhauls the complete look of the face, a threadlift can be used only for improving the appearance of certain portions of the face.

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