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gogogadget 01-31-2008 06:43 PM

Does a thread face lift involve no cutting?
Is a thread face lift actual surgery? I thought it just involved using strong threading with not cuts. Does anyone know?

queen_of_plastic 02-01-2008 01:13 AM

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Contour threads are used in cosmetic/plastic surgery to vertically lift facial tissues that have dropped ("ptosed") or become sunken with age. The "ptosis" or descent of facial tissues with aging is a universal phenomenon to which much cosmetic facial surgery is directed.

Strands of 2/0 Prolene monofilament thread, with little notches cut into their sides, are placed in the subcutaneous plane under the ptosed facial skin. These are anchored under secure points in fronto-occipitalis and temporalis tissues. Dropped or "ptosed" facial skin is then elevated onto the barbed threads, and stay elevated because of the barbs. Thus the patient gets a "facelift", without any scalpel work and without any removal of skin.

In the rare event that an individual patient is unhappy with the results, the threads can be readily removed and the patient's face thence returns to its position prior to treatment. Thus, Contour threads have negligible permanent "biological cost", as the effect is reversible. Effects last for a number of years, quoted as 25 years, after which time the positive effect is gradually lost and the patient's face returns to its state prior to treatment. Nonetheless, this is 25 years better than the situation that would have pertained had Contour threads not been put in place.

versace 02-03-2008 10:22 PM

The Contour Threadlift is called the "lunch time" face lift because you don't have to be put under general anesthesia and there's minimal scarring. It does indeed cost much less than a full face lift since it's not truly a facelift in the traditional sense. It costs anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 per area and that area can be the midface, eyebrows, jowls, cheeks, or neck. This method is only for moderate drooping of the face which is why it's not uncommon to be performed on people in their 30s.

momo 02-24-2008 07:25 PM

The thread lift sounds like a great option and seems like it would be more natural looking BUT HOW COME LIKE NO doctor does it???? It isn't particularly cheap so it doesn't seem like it is about money. Perhaps it is too good to be true. Can anyone point me to the couple of best doctors for this procedure? I would like to look into with them to determine for myself if it is legitimate or not. Has anyone gotten it done? I don't know anyone who has even talked about it.

robyne00 05-16-2010 06:47 AM

Thread lifts - the jury is out - Wellsphere

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