Thread lifts are a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery that can help to lift and sculpt the shape of the face or breasts. While they are generally considered safe with minimal recovery time, there are some risks associated with the procedure. In the hands of an inexperienced professional, a thread lift can cause facial asymmetry, dimpling and irregularities, protrusion or migration of the thread, bruising due to internal injury and bleeding, and even neural damage. It is essential for a professional to set realistic expectations with the patient during the consultation, helping them understand the limits of thread stretching and always under-promising to over-deliver.
There is practically no risk of scarring, severe bruising, bleeding or other complications after undergoing a thread lift. In rare cases, patients may experience irritation, infection, or their sutures becoming visible under the skin. One of the worst things you can do after a thread lift is to apply an excessive amount of pressure to the treated area. If you sleep on your stomach or on your side for the first five nights after treatment, you may experience swelling, discomfort, bruising, or less than optimal results.
Minor side effects of redness, bruising and swelling can be expected but they calm down within a few days. Depending on the desired objectives, the surgeon may choose a particular type of thread and select the length and number of threads to be used. Thread lifts use medical-grade temporary suture material to “sew” the skin so that it is taut. In addition to lifting the skin, it causes the body's “healing response” and causes the body to direct large waves of collagen to the treated areas, which in turn plumps the skin and makes it look healthier and younger.
It is also claimed that thread stretching also stimulates improved collagen production in the following months, contributing to better skin texture and younger skin. From little to no downtime, immediate and more natural results (compared to fillers), there are many factors that make thread lift an attractive option for those seeking non-surgical procedures. As for making me feel better about myself and turning back the clock a few years, this thread lift has changed the rules of the game. In the morning, my face hurt a little, and from time to time I felt a twinge near my ears where the thread was inserted when I spoke or smiled, but that was it. Extraction is a more complicated procedure and its feasibility depends on the type of thread and technique used. In cases where barbed sutures are used or threads are observed below the surface of the skin, it can be very difficult and risky to simply pull out the threads. You should avoid drinking alcohol for the first two weeks after your thread lift for a couple of reasons.
Since I've always been a fan of radiofrequency treatments to lift the skin (they really make a difference), I began to wonder if there was anything longer lasting that would have an even better effect but that wasn't a facelift.