What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a procedure in which temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin as skin becomes loose and wrinkly with age. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face as the skin gets stretched. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, thread lift procedure combats aging by provoking the body’s healing response and causing the body to produce more collagen in the treated areas, collagen plays a vital role in aging process. This is important because of the vital role collagen plays in the aging process.
Collagen helps support “growth factors” that greatly influences the condition of our skin collagen as collagen helps to keep our skin strong and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce lesser collagen, 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’s no unable to hold the tissues beneath it considerably.
Patients who undergo a thread lift for the purpose of stimulating collagen production will notice a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness. While their threads are in place, the body’s healing response will be constantly activated because the body will want to “heal” the sutured areas and expel the sutures. Because the threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are so small, the patient will not feel any of this happening. Most people cannot feel their sutures at all once the skin has healed around them.
What are the advantages of having a thread lift in place of a facelift?
- It has a greatly reduced recovery time than that in a facelift surgery.
- Recovery is easy. No heavy anesthesia is given. The whole procedure in a local anesthesia.
- It is noninvasive and less painful. It is also cost effective.