Thread lift


The so-called thread lift (eg »Happy Lift«, »Aptos Lift« or »Silhouette Thread Lift«) is a method for facial rejuvenation and is used to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, which naturally occur between the ages of 25 and 50 years begin to emerge. A sagging of the soft facial tissue caused by gravity and loss of tone is caused by a remodelling process on the inside of the skin with a change in the supporting structure. The connective tissue becomes unstable, so that the collagen and elastic fibres lose their firmness.

The contours of the neck and face can be rejuvenated by means of a thread lift. Hanging or creased corners of the mouth can be raised, and the areas on the forehead and around the eyes can be smoothed. Having said that, threads can be used for the lifting of many other parts of the body such as the upper arms, thighs and neckline.

The basis of the thread lift is to fix the wrinkled tissue by means of specially manufactured threads on a firmer, deeper skin tissue and thus to tighten or fill in wrinkles. The suture material used for this today has proved its worth in surgery over many decades. The long-term effect is produced by re-formation of the collagen connective tissue. The procedure is relatively free of problems and has hardly any complications at all, apart from possible local infections. The thread lift has more than one advantage over traditional facelifting: it is a small operation which is much easier to tolerate, and it leaves hardly any scarring at all. However, the chances of success it offers are considerably less good, for which reason it cannot always be a substitute for a neck or cheek lift.

In many cases, it makes good sense to combine a thread lift with treatment with hyaluronic acid, botulinal toxin or skin peeling.

INDICATION: Wrinkles and softening of the soft tissues of the face and neck and on the body

TREATMENT: insertion of micro-threads in the skin

HOSPITALISATION: out-patient

ANAESTHETIC: local anaesthetic on request

RESULT: immediate, with improvement of effect as time goes on

DURATION OF TREATMENT: normally 30 – 60 minutes

PRESENTABILITY, RETURN TO WORK: depending on the region and intensity of the treatment, from immediate up to one week

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: proven treatment with low side effect rate – in isolated cases there may be some temporary side effects such as bruising, inflammation or unevenness of the skin due to tautening

DURABILITY: 2 to 24 months on average


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