One of the most important signs of aging is sagging areas of the face. With aging, laxity of bone tissue, muscles, fat layers, and the associated problem of sagging skin develops which can be relieved nowadays using thread lifting procedure as one of the most important nonsurgical methods.
Thread-lift procedure is an important nonsurgical technique successfully performed by us for years to relieve early signs of aging in both men and women and provide a more youthful appearance.
What is Thread-lift Procedure ?
It is a minimally invasive technique developed to relieve early signs of aging. This procedure is completed within 1-1.5 hours. It is applied under local anesthesia. The sagging areas on the face are determined, marked, and anesthetized. Very fine threads to be used for facelift are inserted and placed under the skin of the application area using very thin atraumatic needles. Then the threads are stretched to their final position to give a youthful appearance to the skin.
Who are the Suitable Candidates for Facelift Procedures?
Healthy individuals aged 30-60 years with a good skin quality are candidates for face lift procedures. The patients whose facial saggings begin to develop are preferred. Very severe cases are not eligible for this procedure. For the latter cases surgical face lifting should be considered. In mild cases thread-lift assures satisfactory cosmetic improvement and it is possible to avoid scars as well as postoperative risks that may occur after surgical face lifting interventions.
Application areas of face lift:
- Eyebrow lifting
- Nasolabial fold
- Marionette lines
- It may be applied areas under the chin either separately or all areas under chin in combination.
What is the Permanency of the Threads Used?
For face lifting basically we use two different types of threads:
- Absorbable Silhouette Soft
- Nonabsorbable elastic Spring Threads.
Since absorbable sutures are used in Silhouette Soft method, permanency varies between 18 and 24 months depending on the quality of the skin texture as well as the quality of life of the patients. Spring Threads are nonabsorbable, so their permanency varies between 3 and 6 years.
What are the Side Effects of Face Lifting?
Though a minimally invasive intervention, some side effects may be seen:
- Redness at application area is transient and may resolve within a few hours.
- Subdermal bleedings: As is the case with every procedure performed using a needle, minor bleedings may occur. So small bruises that disappear within a short time may be seen.
- Pain: Minimal pain is felt during procedure. After the procedure painkillers may be required.
- Swelling, edema: It is transient. Dependent on the anesthetic substances and the procedure used, edema persisting for 24-48 hours may be observed.
- Skin folding: The overlying enlarged skin accompanies, thread lifting of the underlying layers more slowly. Therefore transient skin folds may be seen. They generally disappear within 3-7 days. In some cases recovery process may prolong up to 10-12 days.
How is Thread Lifting Procedure is Carried Out?
Priorly structure of the skin and underlying supportive tissues was analyzed. After marking the application area, entry and exit points of the threads are numbed using local anesthetics. Firstly, required conditions of sterilization are met, then threads are placed on the targeted areas beneath the skin using very fine needles. Afterwards the patient is seated upright and indicated face lifting procedure is performed. Facial asymmetry (if present) is corrected and redundant threads are cut, the face is cleaned, finally entry and exit points of the threads are closed with an adhesive plaster.
For Whom Thread lifting Can Not be Used?
- Patients with collagen tissue diseases
- Users of blood thinning drugs, and some vitamins (aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, fish oil, anticoagulants)
- Individuals with inadequate or excessively thick skin support tissue
- Patients with uncontrolled diabetes
- Individuals with unreal expectations.