Thread Lift - Fine Thread Contouring

What should you know about thread lift? What happens during the first consultation?

As we get older, it is the face that shows the first signs of ageing. Stress, the rays of the Sun, and environmental pollution all leave their mark on the facial skin. Above 35 years of age the facial skin becomes loose and sagging. 

Thread lift (a.k.a. fine thread contouring, FTC) is a minimally invasive (non-surgical) procedure that lifts and shapes the sagging tissues of the face, treats the different wrinkles of the face, and improves the elasticity of the skin on the face and the neck.Thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes completely natural biolifting threads to yield immediate and lasting results without involving incisions or triggering an allergic reaction. This cosmetic technique combines elements of the traditional western thread facelift procedure and the oriental thread embedding acupuncture for pain relief. Not only does the process rejuvenate the skin, but it also lifts and tightens the tissues. In addition to addressing the droopiness of the face, the biothreads can also successfully treat the wrinkles of the neck and the hands, and can give a youthful tone to areas of the body such as the neck, the arms, and the abdomen.

During your first consultation you will be assessed and advised by our plastic surgeon, who will discuss the personalized non-surgical and surgical possibilities with you.

Preparing for thread lift

In contrast to most plastic surgery procedures, in the case of thread lift there is usually no need for you to go for a complete medical check-up. However, we do advise our patients to change their lifestyle in the days preceding thread lift. To facilitate proper recovery, it is important that you do not smoke because nicotine slows down the process of regeneration and has a harmful influence on the healing of the wound. In the days before thread lift you should eat light foods, drink lots of fluids, and take some vitamins (vitamin C, selenium, zinc). Two weeks before thread lift you should avoid the use of aspirin, ginkgo biloba, and other naturopathic products.

Thread lift

The 100% biocompatible threads used during thread lift are fully absorbable into the skin over time. The threads vertically lift facial tissues that have dropped. In addition to holding up the skin in place, the threads also promote collagen production, boost metabolism in the skin, accelerate blood as well as lymph circulation, and activate the rejuvenating process in the connective tissue of the skin. Due to stimulating the skin's collagen production mechanism, the threads create new collagen deposits. As a result of the procedure, the skin is lifted, it becomes more youthful and fresh, and skin tone improves, too. As we are all different, the technique of thread lift is tailored to the patient's specific needs.

Before the procedure the plastic surgeon plans the course of treatment, the types of threads to be used, and the position of the threads. Fine thread contouring may be combined with almost any other plastic or cosmetic procedure (such as B.TOX injections, wrinkle filling, dermaroller therapy, chemical peeling). Thread lift takes about one hour to complete and is performed under local anaesthesia.

Techniques of thread lift

During thread lift the patient receives local anaesthesia. After disinfecting the skin, the surgeon uses thin syringes to insert threads into the underlying fat layer of the skin (the so-called dermis) at several points and from several angles. The absorbable, sterile threads lift and tighten the tissues. Thread placement into the deeper layers of the skin revitalises the skin and mechanically stimulates the process of wound healing, as a result of which the skin tissue contracts. The threads promote collagen production to such an extent that after a few weeks completely new collagen deposits are created, which smooths lines and wrinkles and makes the skin tighter. In addition, the biothreads also provide mechanical support for 6 months. After this time they are absorbed into the skin.

Recovery and the risks of thread lift

In our Plastic Surgery Institute we aim to make the period after thread lift as convenient for you as possible. After thread lift you will be monitored by a physician for a couple of hours before returning home. After the procedure you can return to your work and other activities as usual. Please avoid strenuous physical activity during the first week. For a few days you may experience some swelling, skin redness, or bleeding under the skin, but these disappear after a few days.Thread lift causes no allergic reactions. In order to avoid the formation of an oedema or a haematoma, cool and hydrate the treated area for 3-5 days after the procedure. The patient may experience a ‘pulling effect’ or may feel the threads themselves, but this feeling disappears soon. If the threads are fully absorbed by the body, the chances of future complications are minimal.

Three weeks after the procedure you may begin doing light exercise. Avoid sunbathing and the use of solariums and saunas for two months after thread lift. Fine thread contouring is a routine cosmetic procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and complications associated to thread lift, but the chances of their occurrence are minimal. Such complications may be the following: infection, bleeding under the skin, oedema, haematoma, depression, and systemic diseases. Afterthread lift you have to attend control examinations on the 1st and the 6th weeks.

The result of thread lift

As a result of thread lift the facial skin becomes youthfully tight, fresh, and flexible, the deep wrinkles and droopiness disappear, and the facial contours improve. The results are immediately visible, but lifting takes maximal effect in a few months, once new collagen deposits are formed around the threads. The results last up to 2 years, depending on personal factors. In order to enhance the results, this non-surgical procedure may be repeated 2 to 4 times.

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