Do I need a thread lift? – be honest with me doctor!
This is a very frequently asked question from patients in Clinetix and is actually quite easy to answer, at least to start with. The first thing I point out is that practically no one actually needs a thread lift, or a face lift, or any other aesthetic procedure. It’s an odd thing to hear from a cosmetic doctor running a successful practice but there you go.
The question that will have a more satisfying answer is not do I need, but do I want. Do I want a thread lift? (This applies to any cosmetic medical procedure) ask yourself will this thread lift (or any other procedure) make me feel more comfortable with my appearance, improve my confidence and help my self esteem?
Lets work on the assumption that you are concerned about your appearance and a procedure to make you look more youthful would be of benefit to you.
Thread lifting techniques for lifting loose and sagging facial skin have been around for several decades, as surgeons and patients both try to innovate safer, less invasive and more effective treatments. The basic principle is to insert a suture or thread through the skin around the temple area, anchor it to the loose and sagging skin and fat of the midface, and use the suture as an anchor to pull and reposition the skin. The suture can be either attached to the deep fascias of the face, or left buried under the skin in the more superficial subcutaneous layers. The older surgical approaches required deep anchoring and a small incision to be made however a number of newer techniques have evolved that do not require deep sutures and allow the procedures to be performed through small needle entry points.
As with any new surgical or medical innovation there were initially concerns and scepticism, as the sutures initially used had a chance of extrusion or chronic inflammation, and the techniques themselves produced less satisfying results. There has been a recent resurgence of the popularity of minimally invasive office based thread lifting procedures in the last five years with the development of two main devices. One device called the silhouette soft thread lift uses threads with a small number of cones along it’s length designed to pull on and anchor loose skin. The other system uses a finer thread with thousands of much smaller barbs along it’s length.
The Clinetix Face Lifting Approach
lb-threads-straight-onAt Clinetix we have experience with a wide range of thread lifting techniques and have refined our skills to develop the bespoke “Clinetix Face Lift” range of treatments that use multiple treatments to lift and reposition skin replace volume and improve skin quality to restore a more youthful appearance.
For mild to moderate sagging skin and ageing an option is the Clinetix Thread Lift. This is a a treatment for mild to moderate facial sagging and consists of a bespoke PDO thread lift to reposition the facial skin, as well as a thread treatment to stimulate collagen and skin tightening around the jaw line for added longer lasting benefit.
The Clinetix Thread lift is the cornerstone of our non surgical face lifting procedures. Using a combination of techniques learned from a variety of international experts together with specially selected stitches we are getting effective and long lasting results. The treatment is performed in the clinic and typically takes about an hour. There are some small injections for local anaesthetic but the treatment is generally painless. There may be some bruising afterwards that can last for up to a couple of weeks although most people have only slight bruising that is easily covered with make up.
For patients with loose sagging skin as well as facial volume loss the Clinetix Volume Replacement Face Lift consists of volume replacement with dermal fillers to strategic areas as well as thread lifting. The dermal fillers are placed in areas of deep facial volume loss such as the cheeks, the jaw line and the temples to provide a deeper underlying lift and a more natural rejuvenated appearance in patients with mid facial volume loss.
For patients who require skin improvement in addition to volume replacement and threads the Clinetix Complete Non-Surgical Face Lift combines all of the above with CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing and PRP to smooth out, tighten and rejuvenate the skin.
The addition of Laser skin resurfacing means that the face can be rejuvenated in three levels. The deep layers have volume replacement, the middle layers and the skin benefit from being repositioned by the threads and the laser resurfacing with PRP rejuvenates and tightens the skin.
As with all medical treatments we advise that you have a consultation with one of our experts in order for us to assess your anatomical needs as well as your aims and expectations. Once we have determined what your goals are the various options can be explained.
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