Thread Lift: Tying Together the Information on Thread Lifts
A thread lift should not be viewed as a replacement for a face lift. A thread lift seeks to preserve the faces natural curves and uses a far-less invasive procedure than a face lift.
While different from a face lift, a thread lift does address the same problems. Both procedures are often requested by patients between the ages of 30 and 60, the time when most adults observe the effects of aging in the mirror. They may see a “creasing” or “wrinkling” in certain facial muscles.
As the skin ages, the connective tissue in the skin becomes thinner. The elastic fibers in the skin begin to break down, and the face loses some of its elasticity. This lack of elasticity causes the face to begin sagging and getting wrinkled.
A professional who performs thread lifts uses contour threads. Contour threads are not smooth threads. They have tiny barbs at evenly spaced points along the length of the thread. Those barbs allow the contour threads to fix the skin in a “lifted” position.
Suppose you were to look in a mirror and see that your cheeks appeared to be sagging. You might want to consider getting a thread lift. The contour threads could reposition the muscle and skin tissue in the area of your cheeks.
Suppose the image in the mirror told you that your eyebrows were drooping. You might want to lift those eyebrows. That change could be accomplished by the skillful use of a thread lift.
Suppose you become conscious of the excess skin that had created folded areas around your neck. A look in the mirror might then cause you to long for the curves you once had in your neck. A thread lift could give you back those natural neck curves.
Barbs on the contour threads grab hold of skin tissue. That creates tension in the thread, and the tension lifts the skin tissue. The body then makes more collagen, which surrounds the contour threads. The face changes slowly over a 3- to 6-month period.
The thread lift goes by a number of other names, including feather lift, silk lift and suspension face lift. All of these procedures are reversible. None of these procedures eliminates the possibility of a future face lift.
A patient should not request a thread lift if he or she plans to lose weight in the near future. A person who expects to have a thread lift should temporarily swear off caffeine-containing beverages. A patient scheduled for a thread lift should stop smoking and discontinue the use of alcohol, Vitamin E or aspirin.
A thread lift takes about 60 minutes and costs between $300 and $350 for each thread used during the procedure.