A facial thread lift is an alternative to the traditional facelift. It is a cosmetic procedure done in an office, performed under local anesthesia. It is designed to elevate sagging skin by using surgical barbed thread or sutures to lift the tissue. After local anesthesia is provided, small incisions (less than ¼ inch) are made. This allows the surgeon to insert a needle to guide the thread and then anchor it under the skin. The surgeon then gently moves the loose skin over the barbed sutures until the skin is tight.
Will I live longer if I have a facial thread lift?
No. There is no scientific evidence to indicate that having a facial thread lift increases your life span.
Will a facial thread lift improve my quality of life?
While scientific evidence has not confirmed that a facial thread lift improves one’s quality of life, some individuals claim that the results contribute to an improved sense of self worth.
Does a facial thread lift improve my appearance?
A facial thread lift does lift and tighten cheeks, the mid-face, jowls or eyebrows. It is important to know that the results last about two to three years.
It is important to seek the services of a qualified, experienced, accredited professional medical practitioner such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. A facial thread lift is a comparatively safe procedure with low risk for complications. After the procedure, individuals should apply ice for the first 24-48 hours, and avoid exaggerated facial expressions for the first week. It is also advised to be careful while sleeping during the first week to reduce the risk of pulling on the threads.
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The average cost in the United States is $300 to $500 per thread. The number of threads can range from three or four to as many as 10 or 12 or more depending on the number of areas to be lifted. Generally the total cost range is from $2,000 to $8,000.
The cost may or may not be covered by your health benefits plan.
The following are off-site links :
American Academy of Dermatology. (2006, July). Minimally invasive procedure restores sagging facial skin without heavy lifting. Retrieved March 4, 2013 from http://www.newswise.com/articles/minimally-invasive-procedure-restores-sagging-facial-skin-without-heavy-lifting.
Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery. (2009, August). Threadlift – “one hour facelift?” Retrieved March 4, 2013 from http://www.yourplasticsurgeryguide.com/face-lift/thread-lift.htm
Senior Journal. (2006, July). New face lift method restores aging skin with minimally invasive procedure. Retrieved March 4, 2013 from http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Aging/6-07-27-NewFaceLift.htm.
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