Thread Lift

A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure wherein temporary sutures are placed under the skin to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Unlike a facelift procedure where the individual’s loose facial skin is surgically removed, for thread lift, the surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it. This pulls the skin back slightly and therefore the face seems lifted and tightened. 

The thread lift procedure also works by activating the body’s immune system and causing the body to direct a large amount of collagen to the treated areas. Collagen helps with wound healing and makes the skin strong, voluminous, and supple. With age, as the skin grows weaker, it is no longer able to support the tissues beneath it adequately. As gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it. Infusing the skin with fresh collagen, when the signs of skin laxity are still mild, can help to both reduce looseness (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent it from getting worse (by strengthening the skin).
The threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are extremely small. Most people cannot even feel their sutures at all once the skin has healed around them. 

A thread lift is generally considered a safe and low-risk procedure with minimal recovery time. There are some side effects and a considerable risk of complications. After the procedure, most patients experience the following:
⦁ Bruising
⦁ Swelling
⦁ Bleeding
⦁ Slight pain at the site of the thread injection

Complications include:
⦁ An allergic reaction to ingredients in the threading material
⦁ Hematoma or blood building up under the skin
⦁ Visible dimpling or pulling where the threads have been inserted
⦁ Migration or unintended movement of the threads that result in skin that looks lumpy or bulges
⦁ pain 
⦁ infection at the site of the procedure

One should call the doctor right away if there is:
⦁ Green, black, brown, or red discharge at the site of your procedure
⦁ Swelling for more than 48 hours
⦁ Persistent headaches
⦁ Fever

The recovery period following thread lift is quite minimal. While there may be some visible swelling and bruising, one goes back to work right away. There is no hospital stay required. One should not rub their face vigorously and avoid sleeping on the side in the initial weeks following the procedure.

One should skip their daily moisturizer for the first few weeks after a thread lift, and sleep with the head propped up to avoid rolling over onto the newly placed sutures. Saunas and high-intensity workouts should be avoided for the first week or so after the thread lift is performed.

The results are apparent right after the threads are put into place, but they become more prominent in the days and weeks right after they are inserted, as swelling and bruising start to subside. Results from a thread lift aren’t meant to be permanent. Successful effects typically last from 1 to 3 years. The threads used in the procedure are eventually absorbed by the tissue.

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