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[4 min read] Offering thread lifts in your practice
Cosmetic services are an ever-expanding market for medical practitioners, with Australians now spending over $1 billion on aesthetic procedures every year. Increasingly more patients are seeking skin repair and rejuvenation services and skilled practitioners to deliver them.
As they age, a common issue for many people is sagging skin. Until recently, surgical facelifts were the only way to address this problem, but not everyone is willing to undergo surgery. An innovative procedure known as the thread lift helps to fill the gap between non-invasive facial rejuvenation and traditional facelift surgery.
What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a procedure where temporary sutures are used to lift the skin. Rather than removing lax skin from the patient’s face, the practitioner can pull it back and suspend it by stitching up portions with the effect of lifting and tightening the face.
Why offer thread lifts instead of facelifts?
The greatest advantage of the thread lift is that it offers a non-surgical option with immediate results and reduced recovery time – a quicker and more convenient choice for patients. The procedure is also more affordable and accessible than facelift surgery, as it is can be performed by a trained medical practitioner rather than a plastic surgeon.
Thread lifts also create a more subtle and natural result than facelift surgery and are therefore best suited to patients with mild to moderate skin laxity. Results last one to three years and the procedure can be repeated. Thread lifts can also be combined with other non-surgical aesthetic procedures for more noticeable results.
What are the risks?
Thread lifts are performed under local anaesthetic. Some patients experience soreness, redness and swelling after the procedure but strong pain medication is rarely used, so patients can return to their regular routine. The procedure carries virtually no risk of scarring, severe bruising or bleeding. If complications such as infection do occur, the sutures can be removed and the patient’s face will return to its prior state.