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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:26 pm 

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What if you could lift and tighten sagging skin without exercise? Sounds like my kind of deal, but I am not kidding. According to dermatologist Michael S. Kaminer, this is indeed possible.

For patients with moderate signs of aging who are looking for a little "lift" without resorting to a facelift, a new FDA-approved thread lift procedure is becoming a popular non-surgical option. The threadlift procedure uses tiny suture-like hooks implanted underneath the hairline to pull the skin upward. When Dr. Kaminer slides the sagging facial areas into place, patients participate by watching this process in the mirror to ensure the amount of lift or tightening they expect is achieved. Although results are not permanent, Dr. Kaminer estimates that these new threads are expected to last seven to 10 years, considerably longer than previous versions.

"This simple, in-office procedure is very tolerable for patients, requiring only a local anesthetic and about an hour or two of their time," said Dr. Kaminer. "While a thread lift alone works extremely well to improve sagging skin, results can be greatly enhanced when paired with a resurfacing procedure or filler, which I recommend having about three to four weeks apart."

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:30 pm 

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The thread lift is a relatively new procedure, and its techniques are still being developed. Results have varied greatly among patients, but continue to improve.

A significant risk of the thread lift procedure is that you may not notice any improvement. In this case, you would want to proceed with a traditional brow lift, facelift or neck lift for a noticeable improvement. Some thread lift patients with thin skin have reported that the sutures became visible under the skin shortly after the procedure. On the other hand, plastic surgeons with more experience say this represents poor techniques or patient selection.

You may experience a lack of sensitivity or numbness in the treated area, which usually subsides within weeks of the procedure.

Infection in the treatment area is an infrequent complication. If an infection develops, your surgeon will treat it with antibiotics. Rarely, an infection may require surgical drainage. Scar tissue formation is also possible.

Some surgeons have noted rare migration of the sutures, causing an unbalanced facial appearance. With this, or if the thread may break, a simple reinsertion solves the problem.

Some surgeons are reluctant to perform the thread lift until they can evaluate results after one or two years. If the results look good and are deemed sustainable and safe after that time, they would elect to perform it. Clinical studies on various aspects of the Contour Threadlift are under way at three universities in the United States.


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