A few years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines for endorsing a contentious cosmetic procedure the Thread Lift. Surgeons all over the country considered the treatment dangerous because of terrible side effects like scarring and infections. However now, with new technological advances, the thread lift has become a viable option for those who want to tighten their skin.
The Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure for the face, neck, and jaw, where threads with small cones are passed through a large needle under the skin. The cones then clutch onto the skin from below and pull it to suspend the skin in an elevated, younger position.
What distinguishes this last procedure from the Paltrow approved procedure, which is appreciated in Europe, is that the original yarns were made of solid material. Now the threads are soluble, which reduces the risk of infection. In the case of soluble products, the bacteria do not have permanent foreign bodies to thrive in. As the strands dissolve, the bacteria cannot hide from the body’s defense mechanisms. A permanent thread could provide a permanent shelter for the bacteria from the immune system.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia which means that patients don’t sleep while large needles are sewn under their skin. The procedure, however, requires little downtime, about two to three days, due to postoperative swelling and bruising. Due to the soluble wires, the treatment results can only last up to 18 months.
Unlike the traditional surgical facelift, the thread lift does not involve any cutting or manipulation of deep tissues. This means that it is much safer for the patient compared to a traditional facelift. Keep in mind though that for a lot of people only a traditional facelift could help them achieve the results they desire.
The traditional facelift is the golden standard for rejuvenating the face – nothing can redefine the jawline or correct an aging neck like a facelift. However, for those who cannot afford this long-tested treatment, the FDA approved Thread lift is an acceptable second choice. This may be a good option for those who are looking for a simple and cheaper option to rejuvenate the face but can accept a result that is less dramatic than a facelift that won’t last long.
This may explain why the treatment has begun to gain momentum in the United States in both women and men. Many patients still prefer surgery or fillers. The costs of the procedure can range from $1,000 to $4,000, while the cost of a surgical facelift is estimated at $10,000. Surgery may be cost-effective from a financial standpoint.