Question: I am going to be turning 40 this year, so I would like to have some sort of nonsurgical facelift procedure to help make me appear more youthful. I am particularly interested in a thread lift. How many threads are used in the procedure? How long do the effects of this procedure last for?
Answer: Well, at the time of this blog, as far as I am aware, there are no longer any companies that provide barbed threads for the procedure called a thread lift. There are certainly barbed sutures that are available, but in my opinion, the reason that these companies ended up going out of business is simply because the procedure of a thread lift is very short lasting, and it caused a significant amount of patient dissatisfaction due to the fact that anywhere from 6 to 18 months, the far majority of the result was then lost, and these procedures were typically quite expensive.
I was never a big believer in thread lifting, simply due to the fact that in my mind, I felt that these barbed sutures would eventually pull through the tissue, and the result would be lost; and for the patients that have had the procedure performed, I was unfortunately correct in my assumption.
In my opinion, a 40-year-old such as yourself that would like some sort of a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation would be best served by a treatment with the Ultherapy device. This device is a noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment of the deeper tissues of the face, which then causes new collagen deposition, tightening, and lifting. I would like to invite you to come into Quintessa Medical Spa for a personal consultation regarding Ultherapy so that we can discuss all aspects of this procedure and make sure that you would be a good candidate.