Skin Re-Contouring Mini Thread Lift
As we age, the collagen and elastic structure supporting our face weakens and causes natural sagging around cheeks, eyebrows, jaw and neck areas. The Mini Thread Lift is a safe, convenient alternative to traditional facelift surgery or non-invasive facial tightening with radio frequency, ultrasound or laser. Designed to be minimally invasive, it reduces sagging around the cheeks, jaw line and neck more quickly and with less risk than the conventional approach.
During a Mini Thread Lift, our doctor will insert a thin, hollow needle containing polydioxanone (PDO) suture thread into the dermis at the prescribed facial area. The suture loop is fixed to the deep fascia of the forehead and temporal area and the free end of the thread pulls the sagging skin up along the line of force. After the loop end of the thread is fixed to the target fascia, the needle is then withdrawn leaving the thread along the needle tract. Another set of threads is inserted in the same manner to the temporal fascia or scalp and multiple PDO threads are placed in a cross-hatching manner to achieve the desired effect. PDO threads have been safely used in vascular surgery for decades.
Am I the right age for a Mini Thread Lift?
Most candidates suitable for a Mini Thread Lift are between 30 and 70 years old. However, the procedure can effectively enhance the appearance of people over 70, and some individuals opt for the procedure in their 20s and 30s, often as a means of correcting hereditary conditions or re-contouring of facial structure. In general, the condition of your skin and the features you would like to improve are more important considerations than your age. Ideally, patients should have skin that is still somewhat elastic and not too loose. Although there is no strict requirement on age, perhaps the most important concern is the realistic expectation about what a Mini Thread Lift can accomplish.
How long does it take to see the results?
During the treatment, the treated areas will be tightened and slightly raised to reduce sagging and deep folds resulting in a younger, rejuvenated appearance. Guests usually remain fully conscious during the treatment giving you the chance to approve your new look while the doctor works on the specified areas. Treatment time is normally less than an hour, and immediately after the treatment there might be slight edema or swelling, redness and some bruising especially around the eyes. This will improve within a few days.
How long will the results last?
Since the aging process is continuous, no lifting procedure produces permanent results. The PDO suture does not only tighten your skin but it also stimulates collagen synthesis along the suture line. The new collagen lasts much longer than the life of suture material which is normally 2 to 3 years. The longevity of your lift will depend on many factors including your skin condition, age, smoking and drinking habits, level of sun exposure and how you treat your skin.
What kind of post-procedural care is required?
You will need to refrain from strenuous exercise and facial massage for at least 1 month after treatment, and please consult with our doctor for further information.