Mini Facelift — Swan Thread-Lift™
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Swan Thread-Lift™, is a delicate non-surgical cosmetic procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on your face, a thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery.
The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full facelift, but is a good option for a subtler rejuvenation.
A non-surgical thread facelift is a safe, convenient alternative to traditional facelift surgery. This procedure is designed to be much easier, faster, less expensive, and less invasive. The thread facelift can help reduce sagging around the cheeks, jawline, mouth, knees, hands and neck more quickly and with less risk than the conventional surgical approach. The Swan Thread-Lift™ generally produces noticeable results almost immediately.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Swan Thread-Lift?
Suitable candidates for Swan Thread-Lift are normally women and men aged 35 to 65 who want a more effective and longer lasting facial lifting effect than fillers and Botox alone can provide, but do not want a full surgical cosmetic procedure such as a face-lift. The following patients are Good Candidates:
- Moderate sagging and laxity of the skin in the cheeks, eyebrows, eyes, jowls and neck
- Effects of a previous face-lift or neck-lift are wearing off
- Patients with realistic expectations for the outcome of their thread-lift
Unsuitable candidates for thread-lift surgery include:
- Patients with very thin, fragile and slack skin caused by the aging process
- Patients with heavy jowls and pronounced sagging in the facial area Patients with little facial fat Patients who do not have realistic expectations for the thread-lift procedure
What to expect during the procedure
Contour thread is made of clear polypropylene with barbs along the thread, which once in position are gently opened like an umbrella, which lifts and re-positions the underlying sagging facial tissue to achieve a more youthful appearance. The Aptos thread has barbs along the entire length. These barbs are inserted under the skin to draw together the tissue and fill out and lift the sagging skin. The threads remain under the skin to provide structure and support. You should not be able to see or feel the threads once they are in place. The body then generates its own collagen to maintain the lifting effect. The effects can be seen almost immediately after your Swan Thread-Lift™ face-lift procedure.
What to expect after your Swan Thread-Lift™
Immediately following thread-lift face-lift, your face may be a little swollen and bruised. This should resolve after a few days. There may also be some numbness, and you may experience some pain, which can be controlled with pain medication. Your thread-lift surgeon may advise you to rest and sleep with your head elevated to reduce any swelling after the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after your thread-lift, and to help you. You may resume normal activities three to seven days after the thread-lift face-lift procedure, and depending on the type of work you do, you should be able to return during this time. Avoid rubbing or contorting your face for three weeks after thread-lift.