Suture lift – Thread lift
Suture lift which is commonly called the thread lift is usually performed on men and women between the age of 35 to 45 years, although some patients in their fifties may benefit from this procedure. The procedure is performed to improve the deep fold from the nose to the corner mouth, the jowls, jawline and cheekbones. It doesn’t remove excess skin, but can improve the face by elevating the cheeks and jowls. The aspect of the neck can be improved combining liposuction to remove excess fat. It can also be done in conjunction with blepharoplasty to correct the eyelids.
Incisions and technique
This is a technique between fillers and the traditional facelift. It is for patients who do not want a big procedure, since it takes 45 minutes and can be done under local anesthesia and an outpatient basis. In some cases patients may require a 24 hour stay. There are stab incisions inside the hairline above the ears, through these incisions the threads are passed to elevate the lines around the mouth, the cheeks and the jowls. The amount of threads depends on each case. The technique can also be done to improve the neck and can be combined with liposuction. In this case the small incisions stay inside the hairline, behind the ears. Like with the facelift, one of the most important aspects is the reposition of the lost volume. This can be achieved either by tightening the threads or by injection of fat, which is aspirated from another area.
Most patients are back to work from five to ten days and back to more strenuous activity after two weeks or more. Swelling varies in each individual case and brusings are rare, hen present it takes two to three weeks to disappear. Sun exposure should be limited for one month.
Complications from Suture Lift are not frequent. Edema, hematoma (the accumulation of blood under the skin), infection, bleeding and reactions to anesthesia. The ideal patient is the one without too much excess skin. Temporary injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling are rarely permanent.
Like with the facelift the suture lift does not correct wrinkles around the mouth. The choice of procedure will depend on the thickness, texture and elasticity of the skin, the degree of the wrinkles and folds. Usually excessive sun exposure produces more wrinkles and the facelift might have to be combined with a skin resurfacing procedure to eliminate them. A bandage may be used to avoid bleeding and minimize swelling. Recovery varies greatly. Sleeping with the head elevated helps minimize swelling and bruising. Bandages should be removed in one or two days. Temporary asymmetry can be caused by the swelling and bruising and it is normal. Bruising should disappear in two or three weeks. Makeup can be applied after a few days. The result can be seen shortly after the surgery, but there will be swelling due to the anesthesia infiltration. As the aging process continues, some patients want to make additional improvements in their looks. When there is sagging skin, only the facelift can solve the problem.
Duration of the results
Usually from two to three years.