Summary: Typically a thread lift can last from one to three years but if something goes wrong, it is possible to reverse or undo the thread lift. Radiofrequency can be used to dissolve the threads in the skin, or the can be removed. Removal is a more complicated procedure and its feasibility depends upon the type of thread and technique used.
Aging can cause loss of fat under the skin, causing the lose skin. The sagging of skin due to fat loss is especially pronounced on the face and breasts. For decades, the surgeons removed the sagging skin surgically but this was a very invasive procedure with a lot of possible complications and risks. The surgical facelift is followed by downtime which means a lot of aftercare period during which an individual is not able to carry out many daily life activities. For professionals, it is very difficult to take a longer break from work, thus they prefer relatively less complicated, less invasive procedures like thread lift that are quick and require almost no down time.
While generally a thread lift is considered very safe, there are still things that can go wrong therefore it is important to understand the procedure, know your options and all the risks. This article will explore different aspects of thread lifts including the procedure, its different types, benefits, and risks involved.
What is Thread Lift?
A thread lift is a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery that aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face or breasts. A thread lift, also called a barbed suture lift, is a low-risk procedure that claims to tighten your skin. They work by inserting medical-grade thread material into your face and then “pulling” your skin up by tightening the threads. It is also claimed that thread lift also stimulates improved collagen production in the following months, which contributes to better skin texture and youthful skin.
Thread lifts were introduced in the 1990s, but recent innovations in the material used for cosmetic thread lifts have led to an increase in popularity. This procedure is quick with minimum downtime which means it can be performed in about 45 minutes, and if you desire you can get the procedure done and go back to work immediately afterward.
Who is an ideal candidate for thread lift?
The typical candidate for a thread lift is a person in his late 30s to early 50s with generally good health and early signs of aging. Such an individual may benefit the most from the subtle results of a thread lift. A thread lift can be a safer option for individuals unfit for surgical facelift due to medical conditions that make general anesthesia risky.
What are different types of thread lifts?
Popularly known types of bread lifts are Silhouette thread lift and Korean thread lift. Silhouette thread lift was developed in the U.S whereas Korean thread lift as evident by name was developed in Korea. The Korean thread lift is also popularly known as Nova thread lift based on the popular brand making the surgical threads used in this procedure.
Different types of thread lifts are basically differentiated based on the type of technique and thread used in the procedure. Thread lifts use temporary, medical-grade suture material to “stitch-up” your skin so that it’s drawn taut. Depending upon your desired goals, the surgeon may chose a particular type of thread and select the length and number of threads to be used. Threads are typical differentiated on three characteristics, absorption, length and texture.
- Biodegradable threads that dissolve over time and are absorbed by the body are referred to as absorbable threads. Thread may be absorbed in six months to over a year. Depending upon how long a thread lasts before it is absorbed makes it suitable for different goals.
- Shorter threads are used for smaller areas such as nose lift, while longer threads are used for a stitch that needs to go across the face or chest.
- In terms of texture, a thread can be smooth or barbed. Barbs help the thread to anchor in the skin layer and firmly hold on to them in order to provide a stronger “pull”. The barbs can further vary in design as they can be uni-direction, bi-direction, spiral, double helix, etc.
How long different thread lift last?
Thread lift procedures don’t deliver as dramatic results as surgical facelifts, and there have been limited scientific studies on their long-term efficacy. While a surgical facelift can last as long as 10 years, results from a thread lift fade away within 1 to 3 years depending upon the thread used. For best results, specialists recommend using a combination of thread lift and some other skin-tightening procedures, such as ultherapy or laser skin tightening.
What can go wrong with a thread lift?
Thread lifts are generally considered safe with minimal recovery time. Minor side effects of redness, bruising, and swelling can be expected but they settle down within a few days. In hands of an inexperienced professional, a thread lift may cause; facial asymmetry, dimpling, and irregularity, protrusion or migration of thread, bruising due to internal injury and bleeding also called a hematoma, and even neural damage.
While neural damage is extremely rare, but still a possibility and is impossible to reverse or correct. Other complications can be resolved or reversed by treatment or reversing the thread lift. Doctors can prescribe medication for bruising and can recommend fillers for sunken cheeks (most common are for dimpling). Finding a trained, licensed surgeon is the key to a safe, effective thread lift.
How can thread lift be reversed?
In cases where barbed sutures are used or threads are noted under the skin surface, it can be very difficult and risky to simply pull out the threads. When removing the thread seems very complicated, doctors may attempt to dissolve the thread in the skin where it will be naturally absorbed and the thread lift effect will be reversed. A thread lift can be reversed by speeding up the degradation of thread using radiofrequency. Targeted exposure of radiofrequency can speed up the natural biodegradation and absorption of thread.