Pros and Cons of Thread Lifts

Thread facelifts are an innovative procedure and have a number of pros and cons.

Also known as ‘lunchtime facelifts’ for their short and convenient procedure duration (they typically take less than 90 minutes), thread lifts are a popular new cosmetic procedure to minimise signs of ageing. Celebrities from Simon Cowell to Hailey Bieber are reported to have had them done, and they are fast becoming one of the most popular facial treatments in Australia. Nevertheless, as with all cosmetic procedures, there are a few pros and cons to weigh up before determining whether a thread lift is right for you.

What is a thread lift or thread facelift?

Before thread lifts became available, the only way to address excessive skin laxity in the face, like jowls or droopy cheeks, was a traditional facelift. This meant a surgical procedure to cut away and reshape excess facial and neck skin. Now thread lifts offer a much less invasive form of facial rejuvenation, often with more effective results than other non-surgical options like dermal fillers, laser treatment or other injectables.

Unlike the traditional facelift in which excess fat and skin around the face is cut away and stretched backed, a thread lift involves placing sutures beneath the surface of the skin and suspending the excess skin upwards. This has the dual effect of tightening the skin around your face, as well as helping to promote collagen production, our body’s natural anti-ageing measure. The sutures work by provoking our body’s healing process, attracting huge amounts of additional collagen to the sutured areas and tightening and firming the skin.

These sutures eventually dissolve, with their combined effects rejuvenating facial tissue, eliminating sagging skin and promoting an overall tighter, more youthful facial appearance. But what are some of the pros and cons to this new treatment?

Pros of thread facelifts

As well as amazing convenience, thread facelifts have a number of distinct benefits compared to traditional facelifts:

  1. Shorter Recovery Period

A traditional surgical facelift will most likely require sedation, as well as considerable downtime to allow for full recovery of the treatment area. In comparison, thread lift recovery is straightforward. The procedure can usually be performed under local anaesthetic, meaning patients can even drive themselves home after, and most return to work almost immediately.

  • Non-invasive

Thanks to how non-invasive thread lifts are, there is little risk of scarring or severe bleeding, bruising and swelling around the treatment area. The most uncomfortable issue patients describe is potential irritation with the sutures, but these can easily be removed if they become too uncomfortable. Because no skin is cut away, there is also nothing to scar.

  • Affordable

A combination of being generally shorter and easier procedures to perform, as well as the lack of general anaesthetic required, means that thread lifts tend to be a far more affordable option than traditional facelifts. Particularly for patients who only require subtle changes, or are dealing with mild skin laxity, the thread lift presents an easier, more accessible cosmetic option.

Cons of thread lifts

Although these advantages are behind the surging popularity of thread lifts, there are certain disadvantages, these include:

  1. Not Everyone Is An Ideal Candidate

As noted, the best candidates are those looking to make significant but small changes. For patients who have more severe cases of loose facial skin, it’s unlikely a thread lift alone will be able to achieve the desired results. To achieve significant changes, a surgical facelift will likely be the most effective treatment.

  • Traditional Facelifts Required For Longer Lasting Results

While no cosmetic procedure can produce permanent results, traditional facelifts are more likely to deliver longer-lasting results compared to thread lifts. This is because thread lifts are designed to be a “touch up” procedure. For example, the effects of thread lifts last for approximately 3 years, while a traditional facelift can last up to a decade. However, due to how minimally invasive and convenient thread lifts are, many patients can easily have repeat procedures to refresh their look.

Thread lift at ICCM

Our experienced team of cosmetic surgeons are on hand to help give your face the rejuvenation you deserve. With our thread lift procedure, we can help treat sagging in the brow area, around the eyes, jowls and even the neck area.

As with all cosmetic treatments, before proceeding you should seek the advice of a cosmetic surgeon.

If you have any questions regarding thread lift, or would like to book a free consult at one of our Sydney cosmetic clinics, don’t hesitate to contact us today. 

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About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.

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