A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure performed to lift and tighten sagging facial skin and tissues. It involves the insertion of dissolvable threads into the skin, which provide a lifting effect and stimulate collagen production for rejuvenation. Here is an overview of how a thread lift is performed.
Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with Dr. DeConti. During this consultation, the patient’s concerns, desired outcomes, and suitability for the procedure are assessed. Dr. DeConti will examine your facial structure and determine if you have mild to moderate skin sagging that can be effectively treated with a thread lift.
Anesthesia: On the day of the procedure, the patient’s face is cleansed, and local anesthesia is administered. This ensures that the patient remains comfortable throughout the procedure.
Incisions: Small incisions are made in strategic locations based on the treatment areas and desired results. The incisions are typically made around the hairline or behind the ears. The number and placement of incisions depend on the individual’s needs.
Thread insertion: Specialized dissolvable threads, often made of materials like polydioxanone (PDO), are inserted through the incisions. These threads have tiny barbs or cones that anchor them into the underlying tissues. The threads are carefully positioned to provide the desired lift and contour to the face. Different thread lengths and types may be used depending on the patient’s unique requirements.
Closing the incisions: Once the threads are in place, the incisions are closed with sutures. The sutures may be dissolvable or require removal depending on the type used. The incisions are typically small, resulting in minimal scarring.
Completion and recovery: The procedure is complete, and the patient is allowed to rest and recover. Most patients can resume their daily activities shortly after the procedure. However, there may be some temporary swelling, bruising, or mild discomfort, which will subside over time.
Results: The thread lift provides an immediate lift by physically repositioning the sagging tissues and skin. Additionally, the insertion of the threads stimulates collagen production, leading to long-term improvements in skin quality and tightness. The full effects of the thread lift become more apparent as collagen production progresses.
Duration of results: The duration of the results varies depending on individual factors such as age, skin condition, lifestyle, and the specific thread used. On average, the effects can last anywhere from 12 to 24 months.
It is important to note that a thread lift should be performed by a qualified and experienced medical professional like Dr. DeConti to ensure safety and optimal results. While thread lift is generally considered a safe procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, such as infection, bruising, swelling, and thread migration.