As an anti-aging alternative to cosmetic surgery, a threadlift is a minimally-invasive technique designed to give you a refreshed appearance through the use of fine surgical threads. Although a threadlift 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.
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Possibility of minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness.
Little to no downtime. Return to work: 2 to 3 days. Makeup can be applied soon after.
Rare possibility of skin irregularities, asymmetries, puckering, visibility of thread through the skin, threads poking through the skin, and infection.
Immediate; although expected to last no more than 3 years before having the threads tightened or to add new ones.
Starting off the threadlift procedure, your surgeon will pass a hollow needle through the skin at a predetermined area, and then a barbed thread is inserted into the skin through the needle. The threads will grab onto the soft tissues once inserted; they help to provide a support structure that lifts and repositions the tissues. The needle is then removed, and your doctor will lift the droopy areas with smooth and barbed sutures and secure them down. Secondly, he or she will shape and sculpt the droopy areas by threading the barbed sutures beneath the skin close to the temple hairline into the subcutaneous tissues (although this may change if you are having droopy jowls or the neck lifted). To keep these sutures intact under the skin, they are textured with little “cogs” – similar to tiny fish hooks. The threads are then tightened to lift the face, positioned, and tugged into desired placement before being anchored and cut close to the skin.