In the cosmetic world, anything goes. It has become the Wild West. Everything from Bee Sting Facials to Dimpleplasty to Pokertox, nothing is off the table when it comes to cosmetics.
One unusual procedure growing in popularity is the Thread Lift. A thread facelift is exactly what it sounds like—a lifting of the face with inserted threads in the face. It’s a non-surgical facelift, unlike the traditional cosmetic surgeries we are used to seeing, and it has a more subtle look than Botox.
Although facelift surgeries are popular and effective, they come with many risk factors and prolonged downtime for recovery. Face threading has become a fascinating and unusual alternative with growing popularity for a non-surgical, low-risk, cosmetic procedure. It’s also considerably less expensive than a traditional facelift.
Developed in the 1990s, a thread lift, also known as the barbed suture lift, is a non-surgical lifting process for the face. A needle is inserted into the skin with a medical-grade barbed thread called a suture. The barbed thread acts like a fish hook in the skin, helping to lift, suspend, and tighten. Once the thread is inserted, the needle is taken out, and the skin becomes taut.
The results of the procedure are visible and apparent immediately. The effects of a thread lift can last anywhere from 1-3 years.
No anesthesia is necessary, except for some minor anesthesia on the face, making the procedure safer than a traditional facelift. The whole process only takes about 30-45 minutes, so it’s the perfect lunch break procedure.
Another bonus is that the recovery is very minimal. In fact, after it’s done, you can go right back to work or your daily tasks.
Facelift surgery, on the other hand, can take up to 4 weeks for recovery, and medication is needed for the pain and swelling post-surgery. With face threading, no post-medication or long recovery time is necessary.
Most all the thread lift side effects are minimally invasive and minor. There might be some redness, bleeding, bruising, or irritation, but these are all easily corrected and usually not severe or dangerous.
Another downside to the procedure is that the threads dissolve, which means they would need to be replaced every year or so with another treatment. It is not a permanent or long-lasting lift.
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With all the needles involved, the procedure sounds like something more akin to acupuncture, but it actually does promote natural healing and renewal. The fascinating part about the suture insertion is that it does more than lifting the face. The threads stimulate collagen production. Collagen is necessary for youthful skin, and as you age, your collagen production decreases. Increasing collagen will naturally slow down the aging process.
As a low-risk, more affordable option to facelift surgery, with minimal side effects, thread facelifts have been growing in popularity as an alternative and even preferred procedure for aging skin. If you have aging or loose skin but want to avoid the risks, costs, and recovery time of cosmetic surgery, thread lifts could be the next best thing.