The thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that corrects aged or sagging skin. The procedure has grown increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its relatively short recovery time and low-risk nature. In simple terms, a thread lift involves "suspending" the skin with a series of sutures.
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Think of the dermal layer of the face as scaffolding for the skin. As elastin fibres and connecting tissues break down over time, the skin around them can begin to droop and loosen. This makes the face appear older and it can be a source of immense distress and anxiety when the change is significant or quick. In the past, the only option was to undergo a traditional facelift involving invasive surgery and a recovery period that stretched over months. . Now, however, Polydioxanone (PDO) threads can be used to suspend skin, increasing tautness. These threads are "stitched" into the face, pulling affected areas of skin and tightening them.
A thread lift can deliver cosmetic benefits in two ways. The threads create a mechanical lifting action that tightens skin and pulls out wrinkles and folds. When this happens, the body responds to the invasion by producing its own collagen. This is a defense mechanism - aimed at fighting off the foreign body. As threads dissolve, they are absorbed into the body triggering the production of yet more collagen. This naturally-occurring substance fills out the face, enhancing the results of the initial procedure and prolonging the benefits.
You will need a thorough consultation with a surgeon before undergoing a thread lift. You will be asked a series of questions to ascertain your suitability for the procedure. The clinical team will assess your medical history and seek clarification if necessary. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and to request examples of the surgeon's work. The risks and side-effects linked to thread lifts will be explained to you before you consent. Once you're ready to proceed, you'll need to sign a consent form before the procedure can be scheduled.
In the vast majority of cases, patients are given a series of local anaesthetic injections in order to numb the face or neck. This is something you will need to discuss with your surgeon beforehand.
The thread lift procedure
While the insertion process remains largely the same, there are different types of thread:
Thread lifts are still minimally invasive, so you should expect a degree of pain and discomfort for several days after the procedure. You'll usually be given a series of local anaesthetic injections, but general anaesthesia options may be available too. If you're looking for fast results without the expense and long-term recovery of traditional facelift surgery, a thread lift could be the appropriate procedure for you.
Prior to the surgery, you will need to have an initial consultation with your surgeon. We at Qunomedical will liaise with the clinic on your behalf. At this point, you will be required to provide us with pictures of your face, a list of medications you regularly take and whether you have any allergies. This information is sent to the surgeon who will then proceed to prepare a suggested treatment plan for you and your health manager will then forward you the plan. If you have any more questions or queries, feel free to reach out to them anytime.
If you choose to go ahead with the treatment, the surgeon will then elucidate the steps of the procedure and will also give you extensive advice on preparations prior to and post the surgery.
Qunomedical will be there with you, every step of the way!