HomeNewsThread Lift vs Facelift – Which Is Better For Me?
The number of cosmetic procedures available to reduce sagging skin in various regions of the face is growing. As patients seek methods to create a more youthful contour, the Thread Lift and Facelift procedures are amongst the most popular options.
But what is the difference between them? While these procedures work to achieve the same outcome, they differ significantly in the steps to do so. The goal of both is to produce a tighter, firmer look to the skin; read on to learn which process may be best suited to your needs from the highly qualified cosmetic doctors at ICCM.
Facelift surgery – The removal of excess skin
Facelift surgery is the older of the two methods. It involves surgically removing excess skin on the face to remove wrinkles and sagging. Incisions are strategically made in a way so they are not easily visible, usually in the hairline or around the ear, depending on which area of the face you are looking to tighten.
Once the incision is made, the doctor will surgically remove any excess skin, pull the skin into its new position and close the incision.
Thread Lift – A less invasive method
The thread Lift also aims to lift the skin by tightening it but does so without the need for surgery and scarring. The tightening is instead achieved by using sutures under the skin. The threads are rendered invisible under the skin, creating a lifting effect. This is a minimally invasive technique that allows patients to return quickly to their normal routine.
Thread lifts can also be combined with dermal fillers, fat transfer, and other dermal treatments for complete skin rejuvenation.
The characteristics of both procedures: Thread Lift Vs Facelift
Nature of the Procedure
The facelift is a surgical procedure, and incisions are required. These will often be made strategically where possible, so they are not easily visible. Threads do not require incisions as the threads are placed under the skin using a cannula. No excess skin will be removed during a thread lift making the results less dramatic and more subtle. Both of these treatment options aim to target the signs of aging and empower confidence.
Longevity of Results
Facelift surgery will provide longer-lasting results often up to around ten years due to the excess skin being removed from the face. The Thread Lift procedure results often last from 12 to 24 months, therefore much less permanent when compared with Facelifts. The longevity of threads varies based on the type of thread and skin laxity prior to the procedure. The non-surgical option is minimally invasive, which is the trade-off as such for the shorter-term results.
The surgical Facelift requires a longer recovery time of around two weeks before you are completely healed, and due to the use of anaesthesia, you will require someone to drive you home and care for you post-procedure.
The anaesthesia required for a Thread Lift will wear off within a few hours, and you will be able to return to your normal routine virtually straight away. The expected swelling after threads will disappear within 2 – 3 days.
The best results
The Facelift is a surgery that allows the cosmetic doctor to have more control over your skin and, due to its more invasive nature, can target deep wrinkles and significant sagging. This is very effective for men and women aged between 45 – 65 with severe signs of aging. It is important to understand the risks and recovery time required for Facelift surgery before proceeding.
The Thread Lift is targeted at those between 30 to 45 years with moderate signs of aging, and while it may not offer as intense results, it also does not require a significant level of downtime. This is an option that allows you to avoid surgery and continue on with your busy schedule, while still boosting your aesthetic.
Difference in cost
To determine what is needed based on your current situation, a consultation with our team is the first step. This will help us to clarify the cost, as well as which of the two procedures is best suited to you.
Book a consultation with ICCM today to understand which procedure suits your needs
Your requirements and a range of other variables such as your skin quality and age will determine whether the Facelift or Thread Lift will better suit you. The team at ICCM are here to help you combat the signs of ageing, be it in a surgical or non-surgical way. We offer a range of treatment options to help you decide which cosmetic path is best suited to your needs.
Book a consultation to discuss our treatments with our experts today, and let’s start the process of creating a younger and more refreshed you.
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About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka
MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Doctor 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.Read More