Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Non-surgical Facelift -Thread lift, Suture Lift facial rejuvenation

On my consultation days I see many patients that come in for facial rejuvenation advice.
Granted, many come for Botox, fillers, lasers and IPL rejuvenation.
There is, however, the group of patients that are not interested in those sort of treatments, but sit in front of me and move certain parts of their face to a position it once was.  They tell me that they are not interested in a FACELIFT, but would like something of the sort that takes a few years off your perceived age.
I think we've all done that in front of the mirror- elevating the hair just above your ear to remove the nasolabial lines and jowls. This can have a very dramatic, although, subtle effect.

Threadlifts have been around for years and basically involve thin threads that are placed under the skin and anchor or reposition certain parts of your face.

We can split the face into zones - upper, mid and lower face and neck
Upper - brow and temple
Mid - cheeks
Lower - jowls and jaw line

As we age we typically lose volume as some of the fat in our deeper skin layer atrophies.  This can leave us looking fairly gaunt.  Signs of this are loss of cheek volume, temple volume and sunken eyes.
Unfortunately our elastin fibres also deteriorate and thus we get the sagging of skin with the effect of gravity.
Our cheeks drop leaving us with nasolabial lines, and jowls will form on the jawline leaving us with marionette lines.  The aim is thus to reposition these areas to their original position.

So, by placing some thin threads into positions that lift the areas that have dropped we can give the face a rejuvenated look which makes you look fresher.

The procedure is performed under local aneasthetic and everything is done through tiny needle holes thus leaving you with no scars.
The threads eventually dissolve over a period of 18-24 months.
I often perform this in combination with something called Serdev suture lifts which are a little stronger.  These are also performed under local anesthetic and through tiny puncture holes.
The majority of patients will have no bruising and may require some pain relief for the pulling sensation experienced.
It is important to treat your face very gently over the first 4 weeks to prevent the threads from losing their hold.

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