Thread Lift does not replace a conventional facelift; rather it offers patients an innovative, less invasive surgical approach to achieving facelift-like results.
A thread lift is a kind of facelift that is frequently referred to as the “lunchtime lift.” This is because of its simplicity and the minimal time it takes to carry out the process.
Thread Lift being an elective procedure may provoke nervousness and anxiety. This is completely normal and understandable. Our staff are caring, friendly and above all exceptionally professional in their approach to looking after you and your every need. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.
When you arrive on the day of your procedure the clinic staff will greet you and you will meet with the nurse that will be looking after you throughout the day. You will then be guided through any last-minute paperwork, asked to sign a consent form for the procedure you are about to have and will be offered a pre-operative medication to relax. You will also be asked for a contact number of a friend or relative who can pick you up and take you home or a taxi can be arranged. Driving yourself home under the influence of medication is not an option. The staff will then take you through to your procedure room, where you will be asked to change into a theatre gown. Dr Flynn will greet you soon after and discuss any last-minute details or answer any questions that you may have. Pre-operative photographs will be taken at this time.
For your procedure, you will be given a twilight anaesthetic which allows the doctor to perform the procedure safely but without the need of a full anaesthetic. With this type of sedation, you will feel very comfortable. You will also have a drip in your arm to provide you with fluids during the procedure and be connected to monitoring equipment to ensure your wellbeing. The duration of the procedure, depending on the number of areas treated, the procedure will be between 3 to 4.5 hours but will seem like minutes whilst you are sedated.
WHAT IS A THREAD LIFT PLUS
Lifting with Threads is a safe and effective procedure that offers subtle, natural-looking results. This technique allows the doctor to produce a relaxed, refreshed appearance while preserving and enhancing the natural contours of your face. Thread Lift does not replace a conventional facelift; rather it offers patients an innovative, less invasive surgical approach to achieving facelift-like results. Excessive skin is removed leaving a fine scar in front and behind the ear.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
A Thread Lift utilises very small surgical sutures (Polypropylene) to lift and support the droopy areas of the brow, cheeks, face and neck. Threads are inserted in precise locations and tied to provide the lift. Excess skin is removed from in front of the ear and behind the ear.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM A FACELIFT?
Thread Lift requires less surgery. It is less invasive, takes less time to recover and involves less cost.
DOES IT HURT?
You will be given a local anaesthetic to have the procedure and some light sedation so there is no discomfort during a Thread Lift. Post-procedure, the pain and discomfort vary from patient to patient (usually depends on how many regions you have elevated). For some patients the pain is minimal and in others, the pain is more. Most patients will need to take Paracetamol at the least for a few days and Paradex or Paracetamol with codeine (Panadeine Forte) might be required for others.
IS IT SAFE?
When performed by a trained doctor, this procedure is very safe. The risks and complications are uncommon and usually easily correctable. The actual sutures are made from polypropylene, which is a material that has been used in brain, heart and abdominal surgery for many years. In the rare event of a complication, the sutures can be removed or repositioned as needed. Since a Thread Lift is performed under local anaesthesia, there are none of the risks associated with general anaesthesia.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Usually, only one procedure is needed to achieve the desired lifting effect. With the passing of time, some looseness will return as in traditional facelifts.
WHAT KIND OF CARE IS REQUIRED AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Following a Thread Lift procedure, there are some practical instructions and care that must be followed to maximize its benefits. Some of these instructions include avoidance of forceful facial rubbing (massage), strong active movement, avoiding excessive mouth opening (eating apples for example) and some sporting activities. Your doctor will explain these recommendations
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK AND ACTIVITIES?
Depending upon your workplace and tolerance for some minor bruising, swelling and possible dimpling you should be able to return to work in 10-14 days following the procedure. It is very important to discuss this with your doctor, who will have a better idea based on your skin type and extent of the procedure you had done and how physical it is at work. A confidential sickness certificate can be supplied if required.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
When performed by trained doctors this procedure is very safe and complications are rare. All of the following complications are treatable and may include swelling, bruising, skin irregularities, asymmetries, partial and temporary numbness of the ear, puckering of the skin, infection and collections of old blood. As in all facial operations, nerve damage resulting in weakness of facial movement is possible but rare. The main complaint is a feeling of tightness. Spider veins to lifted skin are also an uncommon possibility.
We will monitor you closely in the postoperative days so if any of these complications occur, we will treat them quickly and professionally.
CAN THIS PROCEDURE BE COMBINED WITH OTHER COSMETIC PROCEDURES?
Yes, if the other procedures are not too time consuming or invasive.
ARE THE THREADS PERMANENT?
A blue monofilament of Ployvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), Vilene® is a non-absorbable suture used for this procedure. It is sterilized by gamma irradiation and is particularly used during cardiovascular surgery.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
Threads are used to lift drooping soft tissue of Midface and neck, forehead and eyebrows
DO I NEED TO HAVE ANAESTHESIA?
Local anaesthesia and light sedation (twilight) are necessary and adequate.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PERFORM?
A Thread Lift takes 3-4 hours to complete depending on the number of threads used. Patients are able to go home soon after the procedure, when the sedation has worn off.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER TREATMENTS THAT MAY ENHANCE OR PRESERVE THE EFFECT?
Many doctors offer non-invasive outpatient treatments that enhance or protect the effect. These adjunctive procedures include botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, laser and light therapy, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A CONVENTIONAL FACELIFT OR A BROWLIFT AT ANOTHER TIME?
Yes, developed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, the Thread Lift procedure allows later lifting of any type