A thread face lift is a procedure that involves temporary sutures that are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” of the skin. Instead of removing the loose skin surgically, we simply suspend it by stitching up portions of the skin. This has an effect of pulling the skin back ever-so-slightly and therefore it lifts and tightens the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting your skin, the threads combat aging in another way: by engaging the body’s “healing response” and causing the body to direct surges of collagen to the treated areas. This is very important because of the role collagen plays in the aging process.
Collagen also helps support “growth factors” that are greatly influenced by the condition of your skin. In addition to being used for healing wounds, collagen also helps to keep our skin very strong, voluminous and supple. As we get age, our bodies gradually produce less collagen, which leads to up to 80% reduction in skin thickness by the time you reach your 70’s. This loss of volume and strength plays a major role in the creation of wrinkles and excess skin. As your skin grows weaker, it is no longer able to support the tissue beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards which stretches it. Infusing the skin of your face with fresh collagen when the signs of skin laxity are still low can help to both reduce looseness (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent it from getting any worse (by strengthening the skin).
For most of our patients, the biggest advantage of having a thread lift procedure rather than a facelift, is it greatly reduces the recovery time associated with thread lifts. Thread lifts are very low risk, due to how noninvasive they are. There is virtually no risk of any scarring, bruising, bleeding or any other complications after having a thread lift procedure. In some very rare cases, patients may experience irritation, infection or their sutures becoming visible under their skin. When and if this occurs, however, the sutures can simply be removed and the patient’s face will return to its prior state.