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Thread Facelift

Face Aesthetic30.01.2018 - 10:25

Wrinkles are the annoying nightmare that haunts anyone who is over 30, and sometimes before. Most women try their best to delay the appearance of these wrinkles for as long as possible. There are those who resort to household masks, and there are those who resort to collagen rich creams and other known methods.  

But nothing stops the clock from moving forward, and sooner or later wrinkles will appear, so solutions to reduce these wrinkles and reduce their effect on the freshness and beauty of the skin should have been found.  

The facelift has emerged as a surgical procedure for quite some time. It has produced good results, but the idea of surgery has not been accepted by many. Surgery is always a risk, especially under the influence of general anesthesia. 

Therefore, the doctors thought of non-surgical alternatives for tightening the face and showed non-surgical techniques, such as laser-based facelift, including what is based on injections such as Botox, Filler and plasma facial injection.  

We will talk about thread facelift, the newest technology ever to tighten the face in a non-surgical way with amazing and long-lasting results. What is the facelift? What are the facelift techniques? What types of threads are used? Who are the potential candidates for the process? What are the advantages of the process? Does the thread facelift have risks? What is the cost of a facelift?   

Thread Facelift 

Thread facelift is a nonsurgical facelift technique that is performed under the influence of a local anesthetic and takes about an hour to perform. It is used to tighten the facial parts such as cheeks, eyebrows, and the area below the mouth and neck. The main purpose of using thread facelift is to improve face shape, eliminate wrinkles and give a youthful look.  

Several types of threads are used to conduct this process, including permanent results, which last more than five years, including temporary, whose results last from one to two years. There are several types of threads used to tighten the face, which differ in shape and type, and the ones that melt inside the tissues and those which do not melt, and the following are some types of threads used to tighten the face.  

Types of threads 

Aptus threads:

They are feather-shaped threads that are the best and safest, approved by the World Health Organization for use in skin-tightening purposes. 

Golden threads:

It has become famous for a lot recently, and it is a temporary thread that melts in the skin and lasts for about a year and a half. 

Cog threads:

It is a very distinctive thread not only because it works to tighten the skin, but also because it helps the skin to produce collagen, which gives the skin a fresher appearance and beauty. In addition, the results are quick to appear, as the initial results begin to appear during the process itself and continue for up to two years. 

Mono threads:

They are used for medical purposes usually, but have been discovered to be used in cosmetic procedures and have proven successful in the field of chin and facelift. 

Threaded threads:

lines with small threads several millimeters apart, often used for sensitive skin that cannot tolerate other types of threads. 

There are two basic techniques for thread facelift operation. The first technique is permanent, where a simple incision is made above the head under the hair to insert a very thin tube to pass through the thread.  

The other technique is temporary, does not need incision and the thread is inserted through long needles, used in the face area.  


Thread facelift candidates 

It is preferred to undergo a thread face-lift for people who are between 30 years of age and 50 years old. Because with the older people, this method does not produce effective results due to the large skin flabbiness and depth of the wrinkles in the face. The face should be surgically treated in this case if the person was healthy.  

Facial threads are used for small and medium wrinkles, preferably with newly existing wrinkles to produce excellent results.  

This procedure is not suitable for people suffering from skin diseases such as eczema, lupus erythematosus, and skin cancer, and should not be performed for some people suffering from chronic diseases such as blood thinners and heart disease.   


Advantages of thread facelift  

  • Non-surgical operation Does not require surgical incision, stitches or total anesthesia. 
  • Its results are fascinating and last for several years. 
  • Most types of threads melt in tissues, so they do not pose a risk to the skin. 
  • After the ending of the effect of the procedure, it leaves the skin better than it was before the procedure. 
  • Not only works on skin tightening but also helps to soften the skin for those who suffer from thinning. 
  • Used to tighten all parts of the face such as cheeks, eyebrows, lower jaw and neck. 
  • Its costs are low compared to surgical operations used for the same purpose.  

Steps of thread facelift 

Facelift steps differ in temporary threads from the permanent threads. The following are the steps of the operation with the difference between the steps of the two threads.  


A local anesthetic is used in both cases, giving the person some sedative so that no reactions affect the procedure. 

Making a small incision above the scalp under the hair 

This step is made in the case of permanent threads only, where a very thin tube is inserted through that incision and removed from a small incision above or from the mouth. The thread used is passed through and removed from the other end.  

Inserting the thread 

The thread is passed in the case of the permanent thread through the tube that has already been inserted from the top of the head and then removed from the other end. In the case of temporary threads, long medical needles used for the facial area are used to insert the thread from the top of the scalp and remove it from the other end. 

Tightening the thread 

The doctor will tighten the thread in several directions until reaching the desired shape and the appropriate degree of tension, and then connect the ends of the thread from the top of the head and the bottom of the hair so as not to show any traces of the procedure. This step is repeated until all areas of the face are finished, with a light facial massage done to help the threads intertwine with the skin tissues.  

The End of the process 

After you have finished inserting the threads, tighten them, cold compresses are applied to the face to reduce redness and swelling.  


Recovery period and appearance of the results 

The person does not need to stay in the hospital after the procedure and can return home immediately to continue his or her normal life, but it is preferred not to go to his or her work three or four days until the side effects of the process disappear.  

The initial results of the operation will appear as soon as the operation is finished, and then the skin will improve over the next few weeks until the final one-and-a-half-year result is achieved in the case of temporary threads and five years or more in case of permanent thread facelift.  

Each procedure, although non-surgical, has some side effects, which can be overcome with a simple prescription given by the doctor.  

The side effects of the process are the occurrence of redness and swelling of the face and can be overcome with some cold compresses and light massage, and painkiller described by the doctor can be used to overcome the potential pain after the operation.  

All of these symptoms do not cause anxiety or affect the outcome of the procedure when they appear, as they disappear within a few days after the operation, but if the continuation of one or more happens the doctor should be checked immediately.  

Complications and risks of thread facelift  

  • Neurodegenerative damage can lead to a lack of sensation or inability to move a specific part of the face. 
  • Scarring of skin. 
  • The irregularity of the facial shape happens when half of the face is tighter than the other half and is often due to the lack of experience of the doctor. 
  • One of the threads lower from its place causing a slack in the face. 
  • Infection due to the exposure of surgical incision sites where the thread was inserted. 
  • The appearance of the thread at the top of the surface of the skin as a result of the emergence of one its limbs.  


Tips before thread facelift 

  • You should first choose a professional doctor to perform this procedure, as any error can cause the above complications. 
  • You should also discuss with your doctor about the procedure, how it is performed, and the expected results, as some people dream of imaginary results. In this case, the doctor should explain to them in real terms what results are accessible. 
  • Do not take drugs that affect blood thinners such as aspirin and some combination vitamins. 
  • If your doctor asks for some tests, they should be done immediately. 
  • You should tell your doctor about any skin diseases that you have already suffered or still suffering from, and you should tell him or her about any chronic diseases you suffer from, even if they are not skin diseases.  

Instructions after thread facelift 

The person must follow the instructions of the doctor literally after the operation, in order to reach the desired result and reduce the incidence of risks or complications, and these instructions:  

  • Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks after the procedure. 
  • Avoid excessive laughter, yawning and mouth opening so as not to affect the position of threads. 
  • Do not use cosmetics until the end of the recovery period. 
  • Sun exposure is not preferred, although it does not directly affect the results of the process. 
  • Continue to perform cold compresses and gentle face massage to reduce side effects. 
  • Refrain completely from pressing the face or rubbing the skin so as not to affect the results of the process.  

Alternatives for thread facelift 

There are many cosmetic alternatives available for face tightening, some of which are surgical and some are non-surgical, but not all methods fit all people, but multiple methods can fit the same person.  

The doctor determines the most appropriate method for the condition based on the apparent detection and sometimes some analysis, but if the doctor approves the most appropriate way for you, you can choose the method you prefer based on your mental comfort and physical potential. Alternatives for thread facelift: 

Surgical facelift 

It is a surgery done for those who have deep wrinkles and a large facial flabbiness, and need to remove part of the skin with the facelift.  

This surgery is performed under the influence of total anesthesia, so it is not suitable for those who are allergic to anesthesia. The surgery provides amazing results, but it is expensive.  

Facial Injection 

There are many materials used for injections for the purpose of the facelift and eliminating the wrinkles, and give a more youthful appearance on the face, such as:  

  • Botox: It is a toxic substance used to paralyze the nerves and therefore works to tighten the skin, but not to worry, although they are toxic, the doctors use them carefully, so they do not cause any harm. 
  • Filler: A filler used to fill the gaps under the skin, caused by aging or other factors that affect the proportion of collagen production in the skin. Several materials are used for injection of Filler but the most common is hyaluronic acid. 
  • Collagen: It is also one of the most commonly used substances in facial injections, and there are several types of it.  

All types of injections used to tighten the face are less expensive than surgery and thread, but their results are often temporary and the person needs to repeat the injection every period to maintain the results. 


Laser facelift 

Laser facelift technology is used for moderately wrinkled patients who do not prefer surgery and want semi-permanent results. Laser facelift is performed by using a medical device that lays light laser on the skin, stimulates the production of collagen and naturally strengthens the skin. The technique is that it does not need surgery or anesthesia and is less expensive than surgical technology, but it is not suitable for all skin colors, as the dark skin does not show with effective results.