Facelifts are one of the most common and popular cosmetic surgery procedures that we perform. When we are young, our skin is very resilient and maintains good elasticity. This means it can stretch and contract easily as the face moves and still keep its shape.
However, with age the skin gradually loses some of this elasticity. Without the ability to contract back to a tight shape, it starts to sag more.
The layer fat tissue underneath the skin is pulled down by gravity. All of these effects are particularly noticeable on the face where there is lots of movement. And of course, our faces are the most visible parts of our body! So it’s no surprise that facelifts are such a popular solution to these issues.
Facelifts are tried-and-true and safe procedures. Still, some patients are looking for something that is less invasive than the traditional facelift, but that provide a similar outcome.
The traditional facelift involves removing and repositioning some of the fat, skin and underlying tissues in the face, as well as tightening some of the underlying muscles.
For those patients seeking that less invasive alternative, thread lifts are an option.
Instead of the normal methods of a facelift, a thread lift involves the insertion of up to a dozen small barbed sutures underneath your skin. These threads attach to key areas of the skin and are pulled tighter to reduce any sagging.
While the procedure itself is minimally invasive, what is the recovery time like?
Recovering from a full facelift surgery can take multiple weeks. On the other hand, recovery from a thread lift can be much shorter. Typically, swelling will dissipate after a couple days. After a week at the most, you should be back to full functionality!
Thread lifts are not for everybody. For some patients, a more thorough facelift will suit their needs better. But for patients with moderate age-related facial sagging and the right skin condition, a thread lift can be a great choice.
For the best results, you can combine a thread lift with other minimally invasive techniques. For example, lipotransfer is a procedure that transfers fat from one area of the body to another. The combination of lifted tissue from a thread lift with the added fullness from lipotransfer injections can make a great combination.