The Threadlift is a technique used by Advanced Medical Aesthetic practitioners to rejuvenate the face by the insertion of threads which lift the facial tissue and improve the facial contour. As we age, our facial bone structure, muscle and fat composition, and skin condition changes. Certain key areas of the face age and this may manifest as a drooping brow, a loss of cheek volume, and jowl formation.
The Thread Lift is a sophisticated non-surgical technique which takes into account how the facial aesthetic changes over time; and works to improve the appearance of global facial ageing. All Thread Lifts are performed under local anesthetic and are an effective procedure which can be combined with other non-surgical techniques such as dermal fillers. Thread Lifts are a good option for patients who do not wish to have a more extensive surgical face lift and wish to avoid general anesthesia. The main demographic age for Thread Lifts is usually from the mid thirties to mid fifties and for those with minor to moderate facial sagging.
What are the Risks, Complications, and Downtime for Thread Lifts?
The downtime following a Thread lift is around three to seven days and it is recommended that only soft foods are eaten to minimise mechanical disturbance of the sutures. When performed by an experienced Medical Aesthetic Practitioner; risks and complications are rare. However, there is a very small risk of infection, bruising, migration of sutures and bunching of the skin. These risks and complications will all be discussed with you during your consultation and necessary precautions will be taken.
There are two main classes of Thread lift; the cogged or barbed type which are freely suspended, and the smooth thread type which require anchoring to a solid surface, such as the face or scalp.
What is the Thread lift procedure?
Depending on the amount of threads inserted and Lift chosen, the procedure may vary slightly with the procedure usually taking between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Following local anesthetic injection; the threads are inserted behind the hairline through a very small incision. The practitioner then inserts the threads with a hollow needle, reaching under the sagging facial skin while the other end of the thread is anchored to a secure facial structure. The thread is then pulled gently, tightening skin and lifting the supporting facial tissue. The threads structurally support the tissue, and you will not be able to see or feel the threads following insertion.
What are the main Thread Lifts available in the U.K, and how can they work for you?
The Aptos Thread lift®
The Aptos Thread lift ®was developed in the 1990s, and consists of bidirectional barbs which do not require anchoring. The threads are made of polypropylene and work by drawing together tissue to help restore lost volume.
The Contour Lift®
The Contour Lift® is similar to the Aptos Thread Lift, also made of the polypropylene Aptos® threads but the inserted threads are anchored to support deeper facial tissues and following insertion, are opened like an umbrella to reposition facial tissue.
The Silhouette Soft® Thread Lift
Silhouette Soft® is a fully absorbable suture and cone technology made from polylactic acid (PLA) originally developed in the USA from SilhouetteLift® permanent suture and cones used in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Carefully placed sutures, or “threads” work by repositioning the tissue and volumes of the various areas of the face affected in the ageing process such as the lower jaw and jowls, sagging eyebrows, and cheeks affected by loss of volume and sagging. Silhouette Soft® also has a regenerative effect, by initiating increased collagen production.
Silhouette Soft® is suitable for men and women aged 30 and over, who want to combat the signs of ageing with a minimally invasive procedure. Allergy tests have suggested that the procedure is suitable for all skin types, but if you have sensitivity to biomaterials e.g PLA made medical implants, Silhouette Soft® should be avoided.
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