A thread-lift, also known as feather lift surgery, is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on your face, a thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a more subtle rejuvenation.
Am I a Candidate?
As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces. The supporting tissue of the cheeks weakens, facial fat is lost, the jawline that used to be firm and tight forms jowls, the edges of the mouth drift down towards the chin, and the lower face and neck sags. Suitable candidates for a thread lift procedure are those who are experiencing mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties and who want a more effective and permanent facial lifting effect than fillers and Botox alone can provide, but who do not want or are not ready for a full surgical cosmetic procedure such as a face-lift or brow-lift.
If you have any of the following concerns you may be a candidate for a thread-lift:-
Moderate sagging and laxity of the skin in the cheeks, eyebrows, eyes, jowls and neck
Effects of a previous face-lift or neck-lift are wearing off
Younger patients with cheek and brow sagging caused by weakened muscles (ptosis)
Patients with realistic expectations for the outcome of their thread-lift surgery
Unsuitable candidates for thread-lift surgery include:-
Patients with very thin, fragile and slack skin caused by the ageing process.
Patients with heavy jowls and pronounced sagging in the facial area.
Patients with little facial fat
Those who do not have realistic expectations for the thread-lift procedure.
Prior to your procedure, it is important to clearly set out your expectations with a cosmetic surgeon. While a thread lift can deliver great results, it may be the case that you require a more invasive face lift procedure to achieve the desired results.
During surgery, small 1-2mm incisions will be made at various points on the face. A hollow needle will then be inserted into the skin to put the threads in place. The threads are attached to the fat underneath the skin, and will then be adjusted to tighten and smooth the contours of your face.The excess thread is trimmed so it does not appear above the skin surface. A thread lift procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of areas being treated and the type of threads used.
Post-procedure you may experience some slight bruising and swelling, which usually settles in a few days. Recovery is generally quick, with most patients returning to work the next day or after a few days rest, although you may find that your facial movement is limited for the first week or two.
A thread lift procedure uses various different types of suture threads to help lift and tighten the skin. This process helps to raise the outer brow area, reduce jowling along the jawline, and reduce sagging in the cheeks, naso-labial (nose to mouth) folds and the lower eye areas.
Risks and Complications
There are few potential side effects to a thread lift procedure as the treatment is not as invasive as other lifting procedures. The area treated will often be sore with some swelling, bruising or puffiness for a few days.
We advise a free consultation to discuss any procedure
Single threads – from £200
Full face lift using 10 x 90 mm cog threads £2000 (requires a £500 deposit to be paid prior to procedure appointment) 2 hour appointment