A thread lift (sometimes called a “lunchtime lift”) is a non-invasive procedure where absorbable sutures are placed to lift sagging skin. Instead of removing skin, as is done in a traditional face lift, in a noninvasive thread lift the skin is lifted and suspended with dissolvable sutures. The sutures are placed via cannula with no incisions or scarring. The sutures dissolve in around 8-12 months, a process which stimulates surges of collagen formation leaving healthier, firmer skin. The new collagen means results that last far beyond the life of the suture. In studies patients have noticed sustained results up to 3 years after their procedure.
The procedure for thread lift may be slightly different depending on the area you’re targeting but can be used for improving nasolabial folds, jowls, sagging, neck skin, and heavy brows. They can even be used for a nonsurgical rhinoplasty. The entire procedure takes around 30-45 minutes.
Recovery from a thread lift is comparatively easy. Thread lifts can be performed under local, rather than general anesthesia, meaning that thread lift patients can drive themselves home and look after themselves immediately after having their procedure.
While thread lift recovery is not particularly intensive, patients will still have to take a few minor precautions while healing. Your skin will feel tight and lumpy for a couple of weeks. It's important to make sure that you don't rub your face vigorously while cleansing it or make exaggerated facial expressions. You should also try to prop your head up slightly so that you don't roll over directly onto your face while sleeping.