How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?

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When a doctor gives a patient a thread lift, that same patient benefits from a boosting of the skin’s collagen production in the spot where the skin has been lifted. Why is the boosting of collagen viewed as beneficial?

In the cells of a young man or woman, the cells’ collagen serves as a source of strength, thickness and elasticity. Yet as that same person ages, the strong, thick and elastic tissues in the body’s outermost organ become weaker, thinner and more susceptible to different pressures.

One of those pressures works on the susceptible tissues at nightime. That is when the slowly aging individual sleeps, and puts his or her head on a pillow. Gravity exposes the same tissues to another pressure. As facial skin undergoes such pressures, it starts to wrinkle.

The appearance of wrinkles could push an adult to seek a thread lift. When performing a thread lift, a cosmetic surgeon uses temporary sutures to lift an area of loose skin. In other words, sagging sections of the face can enjoy a restoration of their former look.

How long does that look last?

The temporary sutures dissolve within 6 months, but the restored look lasts for a period of 18 months to 3 years. That is the amount of time that passes, as the body responds to the sutures’ effects. If the facial skin has not become greatly relaxed, then that response triggers the formation of more collagen.

Ideally, the renewed creation of collagen makes the affected tissues thicker and more hydrated. Still, the treated patient must use a bit of caution, in order to enjoy a full and complete recovery from the lifting procedure. Hence, the doctor should warn the treated patient to avoid doing certain things.

Patients that have undergone a thread lift should not rub their face vigorously for a period of 1 week. During that same period of time, the treated patients should avoid rolling over directly onto their face, while sleeping.

What patients might want to ask their cosmetic surgeon, before having their facial skin lifted.

A patient could ask that surgeon whether or not the sutures that he or she had purchased, and planned to use contained barbs, and if so, were those same barbs molded to the thread? The existence of the attached barbs helps the thread to maintain a combination of upward and backward motions. It is that combination that drives the movement of the facial tissues, and a restoration of the patient’s more youthful appearance.

Some patients might want to ask the cosmetic surgeon whether or not the results enjoyed by most men and women would ensure creation of the same changes on that particular patient’s face. Keep in mind the fact that the lifted areas of skin could be anywhere on the face, including the jawline.

Why has this writer chosen to call attention to the possibility of using the lifting procedure on a sagging jawline? Because, this is not the first time that this writer has composed an article about methods for doing away with sagging skin. Each time that she composed such an article, she wondered how well a given procedure could work on her own jaw.

You see, this writer relies on the operation of something known as a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. That is a long tube, one that carries cerebral fluid from her head to her peritoneal cavity. Naturally, it passes through her neck.

After one operation, this writer’s neck contained sutures, which eventually dissolved. Still, that neck contains a small scar. So, does the existence of scar tissue alter the thread lift’s ability to encourage creation of more collagen? Could scarring impede emergence of the look that the cosmetic surgeon has promised?

Those are questions that do not leave this writer’s mind, each time that she shares with others what she has learned about temporary sutures, and their utilization during the lifting of selected skin cells. Admittedly, she could ask a surgeon about the wisdom behind getting dermal filler.

That is a fluid that a doctor or technician can place under the skin by using a long, needle-shaped object called a cannula. It fills the space into which it has been injected, and makes it look fuller. Some patients use dermal filler for a while, before resorting to utilization of thread lifts.

A puffier face does have fewer wrinkles. Still, no one wants to walk around with an appearance that mirrors the look of a balloon. That fact underscores the reason that some patients terminate the sessions that were used for getting dermal fillers, and prepare to have their puffed tissues lifted.

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