Facelift, Facial Thread Lift
A facial thread lift, sometimes called a feather lift, is an alternative to the traditional facelift. The procedure can be performed on areas such as the forehead, midface, jowls and neck in the physician's office. After local anesthesia, barbed threads are inserted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using a needle. The placement of the barbed threads depends on the area needing to be lifted. Once set into place, the barbed threads are pulled tight to the desired appearance. The procedure may take up to several hours. However, the results are not permanent.
After multiple adverse complaints, one product, Contour Threadlift System™, lost FDA approval in 2009 and is no longer available in the United States. This nonabsorbable polypropylene barbed surgical suture is also marketed under several other brand names (e.g., Lifestyle Lift™, Quick Lift Face Lift™, MiniLift®).
A facelift or a facial thread lift performed to restore a more youthful facial appearance is considered cosmetic.
A facelift or a facial thread lift performed for treatment of other conditions/diseases is considered cosmetic.
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U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2006). Center for Devices and Radiological Health. 510(k) Premarket Notification Database. K052953. Retrieved February 25, 2014 from http://www.accessdata.fda.gov.
U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2009). Center for Devices and Radiological Health. 510(k) Premarket Notification Database. K091061. Retrieved March 1, 2007 from http://www.accessdata.fda.gov.
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