What is a face threadlift?
A rage in the anti-aging industry, face threadlifts are being touted as a quicker, less invasive alternative to surgical method facelifts. A minimally invasive procedure, it involves bio-absorbable threads passing under the skin to stimulate the formation of a collagen matrix. The bio-dissolvable threads grab a hold of the skin and pull the skin in a lifted position, reducing the sagging effect and making the skin look tightened. Not only is the effect of a threadlift treatment immediate, the result also gradually gets better within 6 months.
Which areas on the face can be treated?
A threadlift can be used to tighten the following areas of loose skin on the face:
● Laugh lines
● Droopy eyelids
● Jawline sagging
What are the side effects of a face threadlift?
The common side effects observed after the procedure are:
● Pulling sensation
Like any other procedure, there will be side effects which can be managed with proper threadlift aftercare and following post-procedural advice given by your doctor.
Points to note one week before a face threadlift
You may be advised by your doctor to take antibiotics one hour before the procedure and for 2 additional days to minimise the chance of infection.
Avoid consumption of alcohol and tobacco about 48 hours prior to the procedure.
Points to note immediately after a face threadlift
Bruising and Swelling
Immediately following the procedure, patients generally observe bruising and swelling in the treatment area. These side effects usually last up to seven days before they subside on their own. To speed up the healing, patients can apply cold compresses to the treatment area every couple of hours after the treatment. Continue with the ice packs for at least 5 days. Sometimes, patients are prescribed over the counter medications to help with the mild pain post procedure.
Other Threadlift Aftercare Tips to Help You
- As the procedure is non-invasive, side effects may last from 5 days to 2 weeks. You will be able to function as usual, but most doctors recommend waiting for two to three days before returning to work.
- Keep the head elevated at 30 degrees while sleeping for the first three nights following the procedure.
- Avoid hard or crunchy food for up to seven days.
- Since the skin will be sore after the treatment, limit facial motion and avoid talking too much for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid touching the treated area with your fingers to prevent the risk of infection.
- Avoid makeup and shampooing the hair for a day or two.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting of heavy objects for 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and saunas for two weeks. Use sun protection of at least SPF 30 to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Avoid dental procedures for about one week prior to the treatment date and for three to four weeks after.
- Try to document your recovery with photographs so your doctor can look back and check if everything is normal.
- Go for post-procedural consultation with your doctor to ensure you are on the right path to recovery.
Most importantly, if you feel that something is not right with your face threadlift recovery or are experiencing an adverse reaction to your treatment that is not listed above, call your doctor immediately. Always research the procedure so that you know it well. Last but not least, choose a doctor who is well-qualified and understands your aesthetic goals.