Pros And Cons Of The Thread Facelift
On the surface, a thread facelift sounds like the perfect alternative for someone who feels the need to look a little younger but is looking for a procedure that is less expensive than a traditional facelift, can be done fairly quickly, and at a significantly lower cost. A thread facelift is indeed the answer for some, especially when all that is desired is the removal of a few sags or jowls.
Sometimes referred to as a one-hour facelift, as that is typically about the time it takes, the procedure followed is one of special threads being inserted in the face, drawn through tissue, pulled somewhat tight, and secured. These threads, the technical term would be sutures, are usually non-absorbent, clear, and contain small barbs. It is the barbs that actually perform the lifting function as they, for the lack of a better word, “snag” the tissue the thread is being drawn through, and as the thread is tightened, the tissue is lifted.
Amazingly, this procedure does not require general anesthesia and the patient can watch the procedure as the facelift proceeds, even giving the surgeon instruction or advice should the facial changes underway not be quite as was expected. There is local numbing and/or freezing of tissue, but the experience is for most purposes relatively painless.
Long Lasting Though Not Permanent - A thread facelift is not a permanent solution, but then neither is a conventional facelift. There are those who have undergone multiple facelifts during their lifetime, though at some point a person may need to recognize that the law of diminishing returns has started to come into play. If a thread facelift takes an hour and the result lasts for 4 years or so, it's not too bad a deal, though 4 years is not by any means guaranteed.
There are a few risks associated with the procedure. Though it is often touted as being an alternative to surgery, it technically is a surgical procedure, although a minimally invasive one. Still, since needles are penetrating the skin and threads (typically 3 or 4 minimum) are being drawn through facial tissue, there is always the possibility of infection. Any scarring that may result will usually be hidden under the skin, and in most instances scar tissue does not present a problem.
The barbed surface of the thread used serves another purpose besides allowing tissue to be pulled tight. The barbs also stimulate the growth of collagen, which binds the threads to tissue even more strongly. This is good to know, in the event for some reason the threads have to be removed later on.
Not Yet A Lengthy Track Record - Since thread facelifts are a relatively new innovation, at least in the United States, there is not a long track record as to how successful they are in general, how long they last, and what complications if any have been experienced by those having the procedure done. If you ask a clinic specializing in the procedure, you might be told there are always risks involved, but the risks are not great. Some plastic surgeons will tell you that thread facelifts are not advisable, nor are they particularly effective. When this is the case you don't know if the plastic surgeon is speaking the truth or trying to keep thread facelifts from encroaching on the livelihoods of plastic surgeons.
Take Three Steps - To determine if a thread facelift is right for you, 3 steps are recommended. First, study the subject so you have a good awareness of what is involved. Next, look for listings of thread facelift reviews on the Internet. These are comments those who have undergone the procedure have posted, and there are both pros and cons. Some patients will tell you that a thread facelift is the greatest invention since warm bread, others will tell you it's the worst mistake you ever can make. Finally, armed with your knowledge of the procedure, and the pros and cons posted by those who have undergone it, visit one or two surgeons to get their opinion, making certain you get satisfactory answers to any and all questions or concerns that have arisen.