A non-surgical or minimally invasive thread lift is a cosmetic procedure used to enhance facial contours and give a more youthful look to the face with minimal downtime. The thread lift procedure involves placing knots or anchors made of biocompatible threads below the surface of the skin.
These threads provide a supportive environment which helps to promote collagen and elastin production, smoothen lines, and lift the skin gently, resulting in an overall rejuvenated look.
Thread lifts are not permanent, as the threads are reabsorbed by the body over time, but the anti-aging benefits associated with this procedure can last anywhere from 12-18 months.
Thread lifts can help to address signs of skin aging including jowls, wrinkles, hollow cheeks, and sagging skin around the lower face and neck for a smoother and more youthful look. Thread lifts are designed to improve overall facial contours without the need for general anesthesia or extensive incisions that surgical procedures require. This makes the thread lift procedure a safe, outpatient treatment that offers aesthetic benefits with minimal downtime.
Typically, thread lift candidates are men and women ages 30-60 who seek to address signs of aging along the lower face and neck without the more intensive and riskier surgical procedures. Patients desiring a more refreshed look without the downtime or cost of a longer procedure may be ideal candidates for the thread lift. To help determine the best course of treatment and make sure the patient is healthy enough for a minimally invasive thread lift procedure, a consultation with Dr. Faizan Kalekhan at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad is typically recommended.
Thread lifts are most commonly used to address signs of aging around the lower face, including nasolabial folds, drooping brows, jowls, and crepey skin around the neck. Thread lifts can also be used as a lip lift procedure to improve the appearance of downturned corners of the mouth or increase lip volume for a more naturally youthful pout. Thread lifts are not intended for extreme facial rejuvenation, as they will not address issues such as deep nasolabial lines or forehead wrinkles. Depending on the type of thread used, results associated with thread lift procedures are considered temporary, lasting 6-18 months.
Thread lifts involve using biocompatible threads placed under the skin using a fine needle; this requires no incisions or stitches. The anchor points of the threads are inserted into the deep layers of the skin with the needle, and excess thread is then cut away.
The body’s natural response to the placement of the threads involves a fibrotic reaction, which helps naturally lift the skin and stimulate collagen production to increase skin Elasticity, overall firmness, and a smoother, more refreshed look. Collagen plumping effects can be seen within days of the procedure, and continue to improve for up to six months post-treatment.
It is important to note that there are different types of thread materials used in thread lifting procedures. Generally, thread types can be divided into two categories - absorbable material and non-absorbable. The absorbable thread types are resorbed into the tissues, and the body then replaces them with its own material, such as collagen, to provide lift. Non-absorbable thread types include polypropylene and PDO threads, which create a scaffolding under the skin to keep it firm and are not reabsorbed by the body. The best type of thread for a patient’s particular case will be recommended by Dr. Faizan Kalekhan at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad during a thread lift consultation.
Thread lifts have been used for many years and are considered safe and highly effective. With a non-surgical thread lift procedure, any potential risks or complications are minimized. Since the thread lift procedure with Dr. Faizan Kalekhan in Kanhangad involves no incisions or stitches, there is no scarring or major downtime. Patients may experience some minor bruising, swelling, and redness which typically resolves within 7-10 days.
The procedure time for a thread lift typically runs between 45-60 minutes. A topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Once the numbing cream has taken effect, the threads are carefully inserted into the skin and secured in the desired locations. Then, the threads are finally trimmed down and the excess thread is removed. The entire procedure is done on an outpatient basis and patients are able to go home a few hours following the treatment.
Thread lifts are generally safe and minimally invasive, so complications are rare. Some common risks or side effects associated with thread lifts may include: temporary bruising, swelling, or redness; minor infection or an inflammatory reaction; or thread migration. Mild thread reactions such as tugging or tightening can also occur, but any discomfort typically dissipates within a few days. To further minimize any risk of complications, Dr. Faizan Kalekhan at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad will provide pre- and post-treatment instructions to ensure safe recovery.
The longevity of thread lift results depends heavily on the type of thread material used in the procedure. The popularity of absorbable materials is largely based on the fact that they typically provide results that last up to 12 months. Non-absorbable thread materials such as PDO are commonly used for their noticeable, more lasting results that can be seen for up to 18 months.
If you are interested in learning more about the non-surgical thread lift procedure and exploring the anti-aging benefits associated with it, Dr. Faizan Kalekhan at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad can help. During a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Faizan Kalekhan , they can assess your facial aging and help determine if thread lifts are the right option for you. To schedule an in-person or virtual consultation, contact Dr. Faizan Kalekhan at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad.
Dr. Faizan Kalekhan at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad provides the thread lift procedure to address signs of skin aging with very little downtime. Contact Dr. Faizan Kalekhan and their team for more information on a thread lift procedure or schedule an in-person or virtual consultation today!