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Thread Lifts: Snatch Your Facial Features

 A thread lift, otherwise known as a lunchtime facelift or a lunchtime lift, is a faster, cheaper, and minimally invasive alternative to the traditional facelift. Both procedures have one underlying goal: facial rejuvenation.  A traditional facelift surgically removes loose facial skin, whereas a thread lift uses special threads to pull and tighten sagging skin to give you a more youthful appearance.

While both procedures aim for the same goal, the results from a thread lift do not last as long as those from facelift surgery. A traditional facelift can last up to ten years, whereas a thread lift can up to one year. A thread lift is also cheaper and more convenient for most patients.

What Is a Thread Lift?

A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses temporary sutures to lift the skin. Instead of surgically removing loose facial skin, the cosmetic surgeon simply repositions the loose skin by anchoring it with the barbs on the thread. This, in turn, slightly pulls back the skin and tightens the face.

Aside from lifting the skin, threads fight ageing by stimulating the body’s healing response and provoking the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas. This is crucial because of collagen’s vital role in the ageing process.

Thread lifts target areas of the face and neck, such as jowls, jawline, under-eye area, drooping cheeks, and sagging eyebrows. However, they do not eliminate superficial signs of ageing, such as fine lines, age spots, or uneven pigmentation.

How Long Does a Thread Face Lift Last?

If you are okay with having a facelift whose results can last up to one year, you should consider getting a thread lift treatment. At Cutera Aesthetics, we offer the most robust PDO threads on the market, giving your face a naturally defined and youthful appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

How Painful Is a Thread Lift?

A PDO thread lift procedure is usually painless; however, some patients may experience swelling, soreness, or redness. Because thread lift procedures are minimally invasive, most patients return to normal activities immediately.  

How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Thread Lift?

One of the most significant advantages of having a PDO thread lift procedure is the significantly reduced recovery time. When you have facelift surgery, you may be heavily sedated. You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital. You may also need round-the-clock assistance from a caregiver for a few days after the surgery, childcare aid if you have children, and you may take a week or two off work to heal completely.

On the other hand, recovery from a PDO thread lift is relatively easy. Thread lifts can be performed under local anaesthesia instead of general anaesthesia, making it easy for thread lift patients to drive home and take care of themselves after the procedure. You may experience swelling or soreness for a few days after the thread lift, but most patients can return to work afterwards.

 Thread lift recovery is not intensive; however, you must take minor precautions while healing. You must avoid rubbing your face vigorously while moisturising or cleansing it for at least one week after the procedure. It would help to elevate your head, so you do not roll over onto your face while sleeping.

PDO thread lifts are low risk, meaning there is less risk of bleeding, severe bruising, or scarring. Despite this, you should maintain realistic expectations because this procedure will only lift your face by a few millimetres, creating a subtle and natural-looking lift.  

Who Is the Ideal Thread Lift Candidate?

Individuals in their late thirties or early fifties who want to reverse early signs of ageing are perfect candidates for PDO thread lifts. Individuals over fifty-five years usually benefit more from facelift surgery. Thread lifts are the perfect alternative for patients who cannot have facial surgery for medical reasons. If you have any particular health conditions and are interested in this procedure, ensure that you consult your primary care physician on whether or not a thread lift is right for you.

Who is the Right Medical Practioner for Thread Lifts?

A dermatologist can perform a thread lift. Dermatologists deal with the appearance of drooping cheeks, jowls, or another skin laxity. In a lunchtime facelift, a thin suture is inserted into the skin of the area that you want to be lifted and pulled tight.   The sutures dissolve after some time, but the effects of the lift last up to one year. This procedure encourages collagen production in the affected area. Collagen helps the skin maintain its strength.