If the answer is yes then you are not alone! As the ageing process begins, the connective tissue thins and collagen and elastic fibres break down.These changes in the support structures appear as sagging, deep creases, folds and wrinkles that can begin to appear in your early forties.
Overview of a Thread Lift Face Lift
A thread lift is a minimally invasive, safe and effective non-surgical procedure that offers subtle, natural looking results for both men and women.
Due to the unique design of the cogs of the threads, the surrounding tissues act to hold the threads in place without the need for visible scars. Tiny incisions are made behind the hairline and the threads are advanced along the previously marked contours so they create a firm hold on the underlying tissues without causing additional trauma. The cogs do the work of holding the skin, by being fixated to tissue as they are softly contoured into place. Once in position, your body generates new collagen bundles that surround each thread to maintain the lifting effect.
How its done
The thread lift is most commonly performed under local anaesthesia and the procedure usually takes less than 90 minutes to complete, depending on the number of threads used. Patients are able to go home soon after the procedure. A thread lift utilizes tiny surgical sutures to lift and support the droopy areas of the brow, cheeks, face and neck. Threads have tiny, teeth-like cogs that will grasp on to and lift the soft tissues. The threads are inserted in precise locations using a long needle, and once inserted under the skin, they open in an umbrella like fashion to form a support structure that gently lifts and repositions the tissues into a more vertical and youthful position. With the lift effect secured, the needle is removed, the end of the thread is cut and knotted, allowing it to retract deep under the skin where it cannot be felt or seen. The non-absorbable threads stay within the deep tissues and provide support.
Unlike conventional sutures, which are smooth, threads have tiny teeth-like barbs or cogs that are spaced evenly apart. Once inserted under the skin, they are fixated with tension that creates a suspension effect that gently lifts sagging tissues. The threads used are clear so they are not visible under fair or thin skin.
There is usually some swelling and bruising which can last several days. Pain is very minimal. There are some protective measures and instructions patients must follow for three weeks to avoid trauma and disruption, which might compromise the lift effect. Experience has shown that duration and the degree of improvement varies, depending on the age of the patient at the time of the Thread Lift procedure, the degree of sagging, and the number of threads used.