Thread Lift Surgery in Delhi
The thread lift uses sutures that lift sagging eyes, deep nasiofolds, or an aging neck. Using a thin needle, a surgeon inserts tiny threads under the tissues of the face. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift the sagging skin, and the teeth on the other end anchor the skin to the rest of the facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scars are produced. Two kinds of threads are available for thread lift procedures viz. Contour Thread and Aptos Thread. Contour Threads received approval in September 2004 by Food and Drug Administration. Nearly 9,000 thread lift surgeries, have been performed across the country using contour threads for lifting mid face, neck and brow. The Aptos Thread was developed abroad and was given permanent approval in March 2005 by the FDA.
The main difference between the two is design. Contour Threads are bi-directional, fixed in the area of initial incision, while Aptos Threads are one-directional within the skin after the needle is removed.
The Contour Thread material, clear polypropylene, has been used in other medical applications for many years. It has barbs along the thread that act as cogs that allow the surgeon to grasp, lift, and suspend a relaxed facial area. The barbs open in an umbrella-like fashion to form a support structure that lifts the sagging tissue. The Aptos thread has barbs on the entire length that are inserted under the skin to fill out and lift the cheeks and sagging skin.
Is a Thread Lift Right for You?
Ideal candidates for thread lifts include people who have minimal signs of aging and need just a little lift. If major signs of aging are already apparent, more traditional surgical options may be the best way to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Many people who undergo thread lifts are women between 35 and 45. They choose a thread lift because they have begun to see more prominence of the jaw, a relaxed (or minimally sagging) mid facial appearance, or slight bags under the eyes or on the neck. Older patients may undergo a thread lift during the more aggressive facelift procedure to provide additional support for the soft tissue area that was elevated in the face lift. Other thread lift candidates include those who have had a relapse from a previous plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift or neck lift.
The Thread Lift Procedure
Thread lifts are often performed in an outpatient medical surgery center or hospital. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, general anesthesia is not required, so you can remain awake, but sedated with local anesthesia. One benefit is that the plastic surgeon can give you a mirror as the thread is pulled back, allowing you to give feedback.
You may be instructed not to eat or drink after midnight before the thread lift. You may be prescribed an antibiotic to take beforehand, and instructed to cease taking certain other medications.
During the procedure your doctor will make small incisions in key locations and insert a threaded needle to lift the subcutaneous tissue and suspend the lift with the thread. The barbs on these threads will lock in place upon insertion to lift very specific areas.
Variations of the technique exist as well. In general, the “closed” technique involves molding the soft tissue over the suture in multiple location points until it catches in the appropriate location to provide the best result. During an “open” technique, the surgeon will use instruments under the skin to create a raw surface so that when the thread sutures are pulled up, the lift is more likely to remain in the appropriate position. Other surgeons may employ a combination technique that uses sutures at multiple tissue levels to catch all the barbs and create a suspension that cannot be accomplished with a non-barb suture. Depending on your needs, the number of threads used in the procedure can range from two to 20.
Thread Lift Recovery Steps
Risk of complications arising during the recovery period may be avoided by carefully following post-operative instructions shared with you by your doctor. The instructions include availability of an escort after the surgery to drive the patient back home and later assist the patient with routine activities at least for 24 hours after the surgery. Diet restrictions involving eating only soft food at least for a week should also be followed by the patient. Your doctor may prescribe oral medication to manage pain and advice elevating of head to minimize swelling. It takes about seven days before you can resume your normal activities.
Complications and Risks of Thread Lifts
Although sutures have been in use for long thread lifts (FDA approved-2004-05) are relatively new in medicines. Results of thread lifts are corroborated by many patients but it reviews vary to a great extent. Some of the problems associated with thread lifts include rising of sutures to the surface and relatively short term result for smoothening of the skin. Plastic surgeons assess that results of thread lifts could last for three to ten years. As is in the case of all surgeries, thread lifts are also not risk free. Complications of thread lift include infection, although rare, in treated areas. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections. In rare cases surgical drainage of the infection may also be required. Scar tissue may also be formed in some cases. Some doctors have observed the migration or movement of the thread resulting in imbalanced facial features. Numbness or lack of sensitivity in the area of treatment is also experienced by some patients. This condition usually recedes a few weeks after the procedure. A significant risk of the thread lift procedure is that you may not notice any improvement. In this case, you would want to proceed with a formal brow lift, facelift, or neck lift for a noticeable improvement.