Looking to lift and tighten sagging skin on your face? A thread face lift from Absolute Cosmetic Medicine Perth offers one solution for sagging skin around the brow, eye, check and jowl.
|Procedure :||Thread lift|
|Also Known As:||Face lift, contour lift, brow lift, neck lift, thread face lift, APTOS thread lift|
|Great For:||Lifting and tightening sagging skin in the brow, eye, cheek, jowl & neck area|
As we begin to age our tissue becomes weakened, we lose facial fat and the underlying support structure becomes lax and ptotic (sagging). The main areas to suffer this sagging are our cheeks, around the eyes, the brows, the jowls and the neck, creating a longer and older looking face. Younger patients suffer from cheek and brow ptosis as well, often prompting them to seek procedures which are effective but less invasive than major surgery.
The threads have cogs or barbs, which lie in one direction and ‘open up’ when implanted into the subcutaneous tissue and ‘tugged’ into place. The tissue is caught slightly in these cogs and is then suspended and lifted. The threads are placed in carefully predetermined areas in the face to support and lift the tissue.
Initial results of a thread face lift can be dramatic and may even improve over six months as your collagen encapsulates and ‘bunches’ around the threads, causing even further lifting.
This procedure is considered much less invasive than traditional mid-face or face and brow lifts, requiring much less operating and recovery time. The thread face lift is also becoming popular with younger people wishing for subtle changes to delay the signs of aging, such as facial drooping.
Often the best results are achieved in combination with wrinkle fillers, fat transfer or laser resurfacing. For more stubborn areas on the face and neck, new stronger threads are now available.
The areas which may be treated thus far with a thread face lift are the outer brow (1), the cheeks (2), the jaw line (3) and the neck (4). Diagram (5) is an alternate suture suspension technique for the cheeks. Many patients will not need all of these areas corrected. Common areas for younger patients are the cheeks and brows since they are the first in line to begin their descent. As you age, the lower half of the face begins to sag as well.
If you are in good physical, emotional and mental health, have realistic expectations, no serious health problems, have normal skin thickness and have the desire to rid yourself of loose, sagging tissue of the face and neck, you may be a good candidate for a thread lift.
Those with considerable laxity may opt for a face, brow and neck lift instead or a combination with laser resurfacing and fat transfer. Only a qualified professional will be able to determine your individual needs. Also, if you are considering losing weight, you may want to wait until after your target weight is achieved. You may need additional lifting or skin removal surgery to alleviate excess skin after you have lost the desired weight, which would mean that the money spent on the procedure may be partially wasted.
Most thread lift procedures are performed under regional or local anaesthesia with the addition of an oral sedative. However, increasingly, doctors are using twilight sedation with local anaesthesia. The threads required per area would be two for each brow, three for each cheek, 2 for each jaw line and two for each side of the neck.
Patients will find their facial movement should be limited for the first two weeks. It may also be uncomfortable to laugh. No massaging or significant facial pressure should be applied in the first month after the procedure. The maximum tensile strength usually occurs at 21 days.
Although threads are not as invasive as other lifting procedures, this procedure will cause localised swelling and bruising. The area will be tender, puffy and possibly discoloured from the minor intra operative bruising.
To minimise swelling and not disrupt the placement of the threads, it is important not to make exaggerated facial expressions, massage or rub the face in any way, not to sleep on the face or disturb the face if at all possible. You can resume normal activities (light walking, sitting up, watching television, computer work) within the hour and are told to ‘take it easy’ during the first few days. This means no heavy exercise, no excessive talking or exaggerated facial movements, no facial massage, no shaving of your face, scrubbing, rubbing, chemical peels, harsh cleansers or sleeping upon your face for five days.
There are often immediate results; however, the results do continue to improve over a three to six month period. This improvement is due to the collagen synthesis as it lifts and bunches around the threads.
Dr Murray has performed hundreds of thread lift and face lift procedures in Perth and is currently performing a study on new more effective methods of thread anchoring.
He has lectured on the topic and is familiar with all the latest techniques in the field.
Contact Absolute Cosmetic Medicine today to find out more about thread face lifts and to see if this procedure is suitable for you.
A word from Dr Murray…
There is much incorrect information about face lifts on the internet.
There are two basic types of thread lifts, one open that involves cutting skin, much like a mini face lift, and the other using needles and no cutting with smaller lift.
The initial thread lifts of 10-15 years ago used brittle threads that could be faulty, buckle, snap or poke out. Basically, it was a great idea but it needed more work.
The latest threads are excellent quality and give lift and increase collagen formation, but then eventually dissolve reducing the problems of the old threads.
Of course, you only get what you pay for and there are still some practitioners that do use the older less reliable threads. These needle thread lifts are good for a subtle lift and they are good for patients in their 40s for lifting foreheads and jowls.
I still use them quite frequently in the forehead as they are extremely convenient and easy to insert under local anaesthetic or with some slight sedation.
For patients in their 50s and 60s and beyond, the open thread lift is a better option. This is a cut which we call the clever cut in front of the ear and the behind the tragus and into the side burn.
The skin is lifted four centimetres in front of this and threads are woven through the muscle to give the lift. The excess skin is then cut away. Sutures are removed in five days and return to work is usually by two weeks. We call the thread lift a clever face lift as it is less destructive and more convenient that other face lift procedures.