It’s no secret that obtaining a facelift requires a significant financial investment. Facelifts require weeks of recovery, are one of the most costly cosmetic operations, and result in a permanent facial alteration. Needless to say, this serious surgery is not recommended for everyone. However, many less invasive alternatives are available to people seeking to tighten and lift facial skin without surgery. Thread lifts are an example of this kind of option.
A thread lift is a term that refers to lifting a thread.
The thread lift is a minimally invasive surgical treatment used to treat facial skin and soft tissue laxity associated with aging. Typically, clinicians use a fine needle to thread a thread with little barbs or cones that capture the soft tissue [as it is drawn through]. He says that the soft face tissue is elevated via this grabbing and tugging of the thread. The effects might persist between two and six months. Typically, we’ll utilize PDO (or polydioxanone, a kind of polymer) threads, self-dissolving sutures that disintegrate over time in your body. Depending on the location of the face or neck being treated, therapists may use relatively smooth threads or bigger barbed threads that may provide maximum lifting but are not recommended for places with thinner skin, such as the forehead. Although thread lifts are often used to correct jowls (abnormally loose skin behind the chin), brow, neck, and cheek thread lifts are also popular.
“Over the years, the thread lift has developed to do functions other than skin tightening,” Dr. Alhallak of Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton explains. “It is currently also used to increase the volume of hollow areas and lines. They may operate similarly to a filler in the smile line region while also increasing the smoothness and texture of the skin.”
Introducing a foreign item (in this example, the thread) causes your body to enter healing mode, temporarily lifting the affected area. “This is what we refer to as a managed inflammatory response,” explains R.N. Dima Omran. “As the thread dissolves, it initiates neocollagenesis, the process by which collagen begins to develop. And when the collagen grows in, it expands the area.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Jowl thread lifts?
One advantage of Jowl thread lifts over more invasive cosmetic treatments is that they may be done with a local anesthetic during a quick office visit. Jowl Thread lifts may produce bruising or swelling, and the ultimate, most natural look may take a few days – or up to a week with maximum lifting, according to Dr. Tomi of Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre. “Immediately after the treatment, everything will seem exaggerated, but within a week or two, everything will settle into its normal place,” Dr. Tomi explains. If you’ve seen a Jowl thread lift before and after photo on Instagram and felt the outcome was incredibly artificial, it’s possible that the photo was shot soon after the treatment. If you want to minimize the downtime associated with more severe procedures such as a standard facelift, the jowl thread lift may be right for you.
Additionally, Jowl thread lifts are reversible; if you are unhappy with the results, you may request that the thread be removed rather than waiting months for it to dissolve. Now for the disadvantages. According to Dr. Alhallak, the average cost of a Jowl thread lift is between $1200 and $3600, so they’re not inexpensive, particularly if you want to have them again. Without problems, jiwl thread lifts appear and feel almost unnoticeable. According to Dr. Alhallak, some patients have reported feeling the thread after it is implanted or seeing bumpiness at the skin’s surface.
However, realistically, some outcomes are only possible with a surgical facelift. “If someone’s skin is just sagging, a thread lift may provide tremendous improvement,” explains R.N Dima Omran. People who are just beginning to exhibit symptoms of aging will have superficial drooping that can be addressed with a thread lift, but those who are older and have deeper sagging will see no obvious improvement with a thread lift, he says.
That is to say, there are several aspects to consider while determining whether or not a thread lift is good for you. However, a thread lift may be worth considering if you want a less invasive procedure than a facelift. “I see the thread lift as a medium ground for those who want more than what lasers, fillers, and Botox can do but do not want surgery,” Dr. Alhallak explains.
As with many cosmetic procedures, thread lifts are available from various medical practitioners; nevertheless, caution should be used when selecting a suitable specialist to execute such a delicate procedure.