Threadlift is a non surgical facial lift that may also be known as the lunch hour face lift. The technique employs barbed sutures which will gently lift the skin and reposition the skin tissues so they are no longer drooping. The procedure can be applied to reposition the eye brows and cheeks and may also be used on other areas of the face. In addition to the lift effect, the Threadlift will also make the skin much smoother.
Initial Results of Threadlift
After the Threadlift procedure, the patient can see immediate improvements, however, the best results will only be visible after 1 week; after the side effects of the procedure subside. The threads used in the procedure should be carefully handled, so as not to destroy them and cause additional complications.
The patient should avoid rubbing her face and should also stay away from contact sports. The patient should also sleep on her back, to avoid damaging the threads and destroying the effects of the procedure. After 3 to 4 weeks, the patient has no restrictions and can resume her normal activities.
Bruising, swelling and redness will be present on the skin for 3 to 5 days after the procedure. These can be reduced with cold compresses, but these shouldn’t be pressed against the face, as they could damage the threads. If there are complications or the patient wants additional improvements, the plastic surgeon can easily reposition the threads or add new ones.
Long Term Results of Threadlift
A non surgical facelift, such as Threadlift, will only have temporary effects. The exact durability of the effects of the Threadlift procedure is not determined and will obviously vary from patient to patient. A few of the factors that can influence the long term results of Threadlift may include:
- The age of the patient when getting the Threadlift procedure done. Older patients may experience less durable results as their body produces less collagen and the skin can get wrinkled.
- The number of threads used
- The degree of the skin sagginess
- The patient’s lifestyle (if she avoids smoking, chemicals and eats healthy foods, the results may be more durable)
- The way the procedure has been applied and the skills of the plastic surgeon
- If the Threadlift is backed up by additional cosmetic procedures, such as Botox®, the results will be more durable
Even if the thread used in the Threadlift are not dissolvable and will not be absorbed by the body, the skin can get saggy in time. On average, patients with Threadlift may enjoy the results of the procedure for 3 to 5 years. During this period, the skin may start to get flabby and there may be some excess skin, while after the 3 to 5 years, the face will regain the look it help prior to the procedure. However, additional Threadlift sutures may be added in time, and these may prolong the youthful appearance of the face.