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Have you heard of the thread lift?
A friend of mine, in her fifties, had a thread lift last year. I saw her about a week after the procedure, and I noticed some swelling to her cheeks. I honestly thought that maybe she had just had her wisdom teeth pulled, and thought not much more of it. Then a month or so later when we got together, she had two dimples on each of her upper cheeks, on each side, so four in total. I then had to ask her what she did. She explained that she had a countour thread lift, and wondered if I thought it was too tight. Her doctor wanted her to wait out a full three months before making any adjustments, but she ultimately decided on getting the threads loosened, just about two months after the initial procedure. Once loosened, she had a bit of swelling again, but within about a week, her face looked back to normal – just a bit more refreshed.
She was pleased with the procedure, saying that it caused little discomfort. She was given a valium when she went in for the procedure, and then was only given local anesthesia. She didnt like that it was too tight in the beginning, but realized that it was a risk she took. From what her doctor explained, she may need a bit of tweaking as the threads naturally loosen over time, and that this time really depended on each individual patient. She spent about $3500 in total.
If you are wondering exactly what a thread lift is, I found some great information for you from a plastic surgery guide:
The thread lift uses sutures that lift sagging eyes, deep nasiofolds, or an aging neck. Using a thin needle, a surgeon inserts tiny threads under the tissues of the face. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift the sagging skin, and the teeth on the other end anchor the skin to the rest of the facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scars are produced.
There are two types of threads used for thread lifts: Contour Thread and the Aptos Thread. Its estimated as many as 9,000 thread lifts have been performed nationwide with Contour Threads, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in September 2004 with current indications for elevation and fixation of mid-face, brow, and neck. The Aptos Thread, which was developed overseas, received its premarket approval from the FDA in March 2005.
The main difference between the two is design. Contour Threads are bi-directional, fixed in the area of initial incision, while Aptos Threads are one-directional within the skin after the needle is removed.
The Contour Thread material, clear polypropylene, has been used in other medical applications for many years. It has barbs along the thread that act as cogs that allow the surgeon to grasp, lift, and suspend a relaxed facial area. The barbs open in an umbrella-like fashion to form a support structure that lifts the sagging tissue. The Aptos thread has barbs on the entire length that are inserted under the skin to fill out and lift the cheeks and sagging skin.
In doing a bit more research, I have found that thread lifts are quite commonly performed within facelifts and other facial rejuvenation procedures.
If I ever had one, I would have the thread lift on my sagging jawline. When I look at my older female family members, I see how my jaw line will look in the future, and I am thinking about possibly preventing it form happening in the first place.
How about the thread lift. Would you consider it? Have you or any one you know had one?
I would love some input!
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