If you’ve considered undergoing facelift surgery to eliminate the signs of aging and rejuvenate your appearance, extensive surgery may not be your only option. Today’s innovative plastic surgery techniques include non-surgical cosmetic procedures that help to lift and tone the facial tissues, and these procedures can provide similar, and in some cases better, results.
The Threadlift, also known as the Featherlift, is an innovative procedure that lifts up the face using small threads that are embedded under the skin. It is performed under local anesthesia, and offers several benefits for patients looking for an alternative to facelift surgery. Here’s what you need to know about each procedure in order to make the best decision for you:
Facelift Surgery: Things to Consider
Facelift surgery offers a significant number of benefits for individuals with sagging skin and deep lines and wrinkles. The procedure involves manipulating the skin tissues, removing excess fat, and tightening of the skin from the neck to the top of the forehead.
After the surgeon makes several incisions around the hairline, he or she will suction out any excess fat using laser liposuction or another liposuction technique, and then remove facial tissues that will help improve the contours of the face. The muscles underneath the skin are tightened before the skin is trimmed and pulled back, then stitched back up using regular stitches. In some cases, a small tube is placed behind the ears to drain any blood or fluid that collects in the area after the procedure.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia combined with a sedative, and most people need to heal for at least three weeks before resuming regular activities.
After the skin has healed, it appears firmer, tighter and more toned. Scars are typically hidden beneath the hairline, and can take several months to heal completely before they begin to fade. The procedure can take several hours.
Featherlift: Things to Consider
Unlike traditional facelift surgery, a Featherlift is performed under local anesthesia and typically takes only a couple of hours. The surgeon carefully inserts a set of Aptos threads into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using a very fine needle.
These threads are placed strategically around the forehead, temple and near the ear so that they can gently lift the cheeks and smooth out the skin around the neck area. Once inserted, these threads gently pull back the jowls, lift the cheeks and tighten up the brow area. After a few months, the body begins to produce more collagen around the threads which in turn creates a tighter, more toned appearance.
There is no scarring involved with the Featherlift, and most people experience minimal pain and discomfort shortly after their procedure. Once the anesthesia has worn off, the swelling and bruising can be iced and massaged gently. There are few complications associated with this procedure, and most people notice results within weeks after their procedure.
Learn more about facelift surgery in our information guide, or consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Featherlift or a facelift.