As we begin to age the tissue becomes weakened, we lose facial fat and the underlying support structure becomes lax and ptotic (sagging). The areas to suffer this sagging are the cheeks, the brows, the jowls, and neck creating a longer, older looking face. Younger patients suffer from cheek and brow ptosis, as well, often prompting them to seek procedure which may be designed for individuals in need of more invasive means.
There is now a less invasive procedure available which can lift, contour and suspend the sagging tissues of the face and neck. Thread Lift Procedures can provide quick and relatively bloodless lifting for patients who may need only little to moderate rejuvenation. The Thread Lift uses a monofilament, polypropylene threads with cogs or barbs, to lift the underlying tissue and contour the face.
This procedure is considered much less invasive than traditional mid-face, face and brow lifts, requiring less operating room time and less downtime. Thread Lift is also becoming popular with younger persons wishing for subtle changes or to possibly delay the signs of aging such as facial drooping.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The areas which may be treated thus far with APTOS threads is the outer brow for zygomatic arch ptosis (1), the cheeks for buccal and infraorbital ptosis (2); the jaw line for mental ptosis such as jowls (3) and the neck for submental ptosis (4). Diagram five (5) is an alternate suture suspension technique for the cheeks.
Most younger patients will not need all these areas corrected. Common areas for younger patients are the cheeks and brows since they are the first in line to begin their descent. As you age the lower half of the face begins to sag as well.
The longevity of this procedure is not known. My experience is that it will last 1 to 2 years. Patients with severe facial drooping are not great candidates for this procedure, as the changes are more subtle.