People always gravitate to something that is less invasive, less expensive, shorter recovery time, and obviously less painful. This kind of treatment is very appealing to anybody who has ever considered having the face-lift or Botox.
What is the Thread Lift?
The thread lift, also called the stitch lift, is a non-surgical treatment that is said to lift the face and neck skin. In the procedure, special threads are implanted under the skin, hooked to the skin, pulled a bit and then anchored into strong tissue in the upper part of the face e.g. forehead or behind ears.
Thanks to the thread lift, face looks fresh and youthful. Wrinkles and fine lines are minimalized and the dropping eyelid can be fixed through stitch lift. The aging signs are delayed and the sagged skin is lifted. The treatment requires adjusting the stitches with a thin needle under the fat layer placed under the skin tissue, which makes it minimally invasive. The innovations in thread procedure is that new threads are absorbable. Stitches after being placed into the skin dissolve naturally after 9-12 months.
Theoretically it all sound great, however the longevity is quite very poor and the procedure is proving to be much less effective that it was first expected. When something is less expensive and less invasive it is very attractive to people. The media were raving about it trying to persuade potential clients to try this new method. The threads reposition the skin at a higher level and over time, the skin sits in this position even though the stitches are being absorbed. The effect lasts for another 6-9 months after the thread are dissolved.
What are the side effects of the Thread Lift?
The most common side effects are bruising and swelling. The bruising may be quite severe and it may take up to 7 days to go away completely. The cheek area may feel tight and the pain being ears may persist for 2-3 post treatment. The total cost for the treatment starts from £3,000 and it may vary depending on the number of stitches that need to be anchored in the skin. The treatment requires partial anaesthetic and the patient is discharged from the clinic the same day.