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Do Thread Lifts Really Work?

Posted: 6:39 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I have loose skin around my jawline and neck, but the idea of having a facelift scares me. I’ve read about the Thread Lift, but does it actually work?

Answer: I do not perform Thread Lifts. When it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Ten years ago, Thread Lifts were a great marketing gimmick but quickly lost popularity once both surgeons and patients realized that they did not give the kind of results desired. Additionally, many of the threads used would become visible through the face over time.

A facelift involves extensive surgical repositioning of the skin and SMAS muscle with removal of excess skin and soft tissue along with considerable stitching of muscle and skin to hold the lift in place. Unlike a facelift, the Thread Lift involves placement of a single suture under the skin, on each side of the face, without removal of excess skin or soft tissue and no deep tissue stitching to hold the lift in place.

Given the significant tissue repositioning and stitching needed in successful facelift surgery, it is quite puzzling how creators of the Thread Lift could have claimed to achieve effective results. While the initial swelling after the Thread Lift procedure may give the illusion of a lifted face, in most cases, the results of the thread lift are very short-lived and fail to use key surgical and anatomical facelift principles.

For patients not wanting aggressive surgery as with a facelift, Ultherapy or Infini are useful non-surgical treatment options for lifting and tightening the face and neck. While I offer both “laser” treatments, in my experience, Infini is much more effective than Ultherapy. A further benefit of Infini is that in addition to giving a non-surgical facelift, Infini also improves wrinkles, large pores and fine lines.

Careful consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is the first step in identifying your facial rejuvenation needs and selecting the best options for you. It is a misconception to think you should only seek a surgeon for surgery. Facial Plastic Surgeons have in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and expertise in both non-surgical and surgical facial aesthetic treatments. Each time you have a non-surgical cosmetic procedure by a less qualified doctor, you increase your risk of complications and poorer results. When it comes to your face, why would you consider less than a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon? Log on to ABFPRS.org.

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