A Threadlift (also known as rhytidoplasty) is for the removal of wrinkles, done to make an aging face look younger. It is a cosmetic procedure that lifts and realigns sagging tissue while adding definition to facial contours by using absorbable ‘threads’. This procedure helps to reposition sagging cheeks, lift eyebrows, correct the marionette line, support the neck and improve facial features. When done with skill, it can be moderately successful. The usual procedure is to open skin flaps in the region around the ears and to undermine the skin of the cheeks and jaws. Now this can be done with incisions adjacent to or within the hairline so that the scars are not noticeable. The area of the eyelids and eyebrows may also be operated on in association with the primary operation.
Due to the unique design of the specially designed soft barbs or cogs of the threads, the surrounding tissues act to hold the threads in place without the need for visible scars. For the mid-face procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision close to the ear and the threads are advanced along the previously marked contours toward the chin and jaw line, thus creating a firm hold on the underlying tissues without causing additional trauma. The barbs or cogs do the work of holding, by being fixated to tissue as they are softly contoured into place.
Who can benefit from Threadlift?
There are a number of conditions peel treatment can treat:
- Sagging skin
- Sun damage
Threads are ideally suited for younger and middle aged patients whose skin tone has started to become lax with time or sun damage and who don’t want or are unable to have a traditional face-lift. Patients are assessed individually for their suitability.
What are the benefits of treatment?
Threadlifts are a simple yet effective way of tighetening skin and has a host of other benefits:
- Reduce sagging around the cheeks
- Can treat all skin types effectively
- No scarring
- No pain during treatment
- Improves the overall look of the skin
The main negatives are sometimes soreness or light pain can occur, which can be treated with oral analgesic. Cold ice compresses are recommended for the first 2 hours after the procedure.