Thread Lift: Inside Look Into Plastic Surgery

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

February 5, 2006

Plastic surgery is a craze that is sweeping the nation. Have your ever thought about going under the knife? Here is a look inside the operating rooms for a look at a new type of face lift procedure that doesn't require cutting.

It is often said that beauty is found on the inside. Still, there are some who would rather make changes, to see it on the outside.

"I'm 54 years old, and gravity is pulling on every square inch of my body. My face is not as firm as I would like," said Ellen Seymour, a local Thread-Lift Patient.

Ellen Seymour is getting a face lift through a relatively new procedure called 'Thread-Lift'.

"This will be perfect. The threads are inserted, and it lifts your skin, and the collagen grows around the threads," said Seymour.

'Thread-Lift' uses needle and thread, thread that closely resembles fishing line, which is basically threaded underneath the skin of the face. The sewing effect pushes the skin onto the thread holding it in place.

"Because it has a cog like this, the skin will lock onto it, and it keeps the tissues lifted or elevated," said Doctor Robert DeConti, MD, a Fellow with American College of Surgeons.

Different from the traditional face lift, 'Thread-Lift' does have its advantages, especially when it comes to down time.

"The down time for this type of procedure is only a matter of maybe a week, or two. There's no stitches, there's no bandages, maybe a little swelling [for] a couple days, or so. It's my understanding it's very minimal--minimally evasive," added Seymour.

The less evasive procedure takes about 90 minutes, 30 minutes less than a traditional face lift, and allows a patient to talk during surgery. When finished, the patient can even walk away from the operating table.

"You're doing it under local anesthesia, so you don't have to go to an out-patient service center. You don't have to be put to sleep, you don't have an I-V," explained d Dr. DeConti.

'Thread-Lift' is becoming more popular with women 30 and up, but some men are getting in on it, too. However, the new trend is not made for everyone.

"We don't want to see you have so much excess skin that when we pull it back that there is a lot gathering back here," said Dr. DeConti.

The new look lasts about five to eight years, but compared to the normal face lift surgery, is it worth it?

"It's always an issue, but this is something that I wanted to have done. I knew the conventional face-lift, I knew what the cost of that was going to be, so this is really a bonus because this is like half the cost," said Seymour.

It takes about six weeks for a patient to fully recover, and see their new look. With less time in the operating room, and less cash from the pocket, it's no wonder 'Thread-Lift' is catching on.

"It's hit a specific nitch, or spot. A lot patients want to have their facial rejuvenation, or face-lefts and neck-lifts, but don't want the down time, they don't want the swelling," said Dr. DeConti.

You heard the advantages of thread-lift, but the disadvantages are exactly how long it lasts, and what else the procedure can lead to. While the procedure is new, it is safe, and approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Later this month, we'll have a follow-up with Ellen, and show you her new look.

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