Recently face-lift surgery is considered the most common method to improve problems caused by sagging skin on the face. While other cosmetic procedures can only resurface the skin and offer a certain degree of firmness, face-lift surgery is virtually the optimal solution to aging signs.

Nonetheless, not everyone is ready for cosmetic surgery.

But the good news is, a new type of cosmetic procedure has been developed for these people to get their toned skin back without worrying about all the cutting involved in a surgery.

This non-invasive procedure is called a face-lift using threads, also known as a thread lift.

What is a thread lift?

This is a type of procedure that uses sutures to manage aged skin cells. Instead of surgically removing the loose facial skin, your surgeon will use a thread lift to elevate the skin.

Not only can the threads inhibit the aging process, but they can also stimulate the body’s healing response and direct collagen production to treated areas. This process plays an important role in fighting factors that cause the skin to become wrinkled and loose.

Collagen is an essential factor in developing and rejuvenating skin. As we age, the body gradually produces less collagen, which explains why the skin of people at 55 years old and over loses 80% of its thickness and elasticity. This decrease is the main cause of wrinkles. A thread lift interferes with this natural aging process and aids the production of collagen to make up for the loss.

In other words, this procedure creates ongoing rejuvenation for facial tissues. Patients who have received thread lifts at Thea have noticed significant improvements in skin pigmentation and tone. While the threads are in place, the healing response of the body will be constantly stimulated to regenerate skin tissues and expel the sutures. These threads are so small that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort once the skin has healed around them.

Advantages of a thread lift over other procedures

For many cases, the biggest advantage of a thread lift is its quick recovery time.

Face-lift surgery requires the patient to be on heavy sedatives and painkillers, and hence, their recovery will take at least 3 weeks. Moreover, the patient will need a 24-hour helper following the surgery. For a thread lift, you won’t face these problems. You can even take care of your children during the recovery time which will only take about 1 week.

Recovery from a thread lift is a rather easy period. Before the procedure, the surgeon will put you under local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.

Therefore, the patients can drive home and take care of themselves right after the procedure. You may notice some redness and swelling at the treated sites but this will disappear shortly. The majority of thread lifts performed at Thea do not require intensive use of painkillers, if not absolutely necessary. This allows you to return to your daily activities shortly. Therefore, this is an ideal procedure for people who want to rejuvenate their facial skin but are too busy or have children at home.

Although the recovery from a thread lift is rather easy, you will still need to follow several aftercare instructions. The most important thing is to avoid rubbing your face vigorously when you wash it. The next thing to keep in mind is to apply a moisturizer for at least a week following the procedure. Moreover, try to sleep on your back to avoid rolling over directly onto your face during sleep.

As a non-invasive procedure, a thread lift poses very little risk. There is almost no risk of scarring or severe injuries. Nonetheless, in some rare cases, patients may experience skin irritation, infection but you don’t need to worry too much – the experienced surgeons will have their ways of helping you recover quickly. In addition, as it is easy to perform, a thread lift won’t cost much.

While a thread lift can produce visible results over a short period of time, it will generally only lift your face by a few millimeters. This is a procedure that creates a more natural and subtle look than face-lift surgery. This explains why a thread lift is only suitable for those who experience mild to moderate, not severe, aging signs.

The most ideal age range for a thread lift is from 30 to 50 years old. However, a thread lift can also help patients who are 55 years old or more with sagging skin. Your surgeon may refuse to perform a thread lift on you if you have certain conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Therefore, if you experience any health problems, be sure to discuss with your surgeon to know if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Thea would like to add that no skin lifting procedures can produce permanent results. The toning effect will only last for 1-3 years. However, as a thread lift bears almost no risk and is easy to perform, you can repeat the procedure once the sutures are gone.

How to get the most out of a thread lift?

As thread lifts are very low in risk and require such a short recovery time, they can be used in combination with other non-invasive cosmetic procedures to create more impressive results.

Firstly, you can combine a thread lift with an Ultheracco. This therapy uses gentle pulses of ultrasound energy to heat underlying connective skin tissues, stimulating the production of collagen.

It can be applied to any areas of the face and neck.  By combining this with a thread lift, the amount of skin firmness restored can be maximized. 

Although thread lifts are effective in elevating facial skin, they are not really the solution for other skin problems such as age spots, melasma, or acne scars. If this is the case, you can combine a thread lift with laser resurfacing procedures to help your skin become more youthful and toned.

The combinations that Thea has mentioned above are the fastest ways for you to achieve the optimal results following a thread lift.

All these combinations consist of non-surgical cosmetic procedures and can bring you positive appearance changes and a more youthful look. Get in touch with Thea right now to get the answers to all your questions regarding every cosmetic procedure!