and Neck Lift
Thread face & neck lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that aims at lifting and supporting the sagging soft tissue structures of the face using special threads.
It was first introduced in 1999 by a Russian Cosmetic surgeon Dr Martin Sulamanidze. The procedure is currently performed world-wide and has certainly revolutionised the whole concept of skin rejuvenation and face lifting.
The principle of the treatment is simple. Threads used are made of Polyprolene, a non-absorbable and biologically compatible material with human tissue. These low weight threads have a uni or bi-directional cogs or barbs along their length that enable them to anchor to the soft tissue of the face, thus acting as a truss to lift up the drooping brow, cheek or jowl. Threads are placed under the skin in varying positions depending on the patient’s facial anatomy and the part(s) of the face need to be supported/lifted.
The top end of the thread can then be gently tightened to support the soft tissue to the desired correction. Some threads e.g. Contour threads may need to be anchored deep under the skin usually above the hair line. Others do not need attachment e.g. Aptos threads.
The type and number of threads used depend on patient’s facial anatomy and the areas that need to be treated. Threads can be used for middle or lower face lifting, eye brow as well as the neck.
The procedure is done under local anaesthesia with minimal discomfort. Minor incisions may be needed to anchor the threads usually above the hair line. No cuts or incisions are made in the face. It takes up to 90 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated.
On average, patients need seven to ten days before normal daily activities can be resumed.
Complications are rare. They include bruising, swelling, skin infection, puckering of the skin, and the possibility of the end of the thread peaking out close to the skin.
Full results are expected at 3-4 months following the procedure as the skin builds up collagen around the threads thus securing and further improving on results. Results have been shown to last for years and additional threads can be placed when the need arises.