Thread lifts and facelifts are cosmetic surgery procedures designed to improve the appearance of your face; in particular, they both help reduce or get rid of the signs of aging that appear on your face over time. Even though both thread lifts and facelifts have the same goals, there are a number of significant differences between the two.
Facelifts vs. Thread Lifts
- Facelifts: Some of the signs of aging include developing lines due to loss of volume or repeated muscle action, sagging skin and excess skin. It is the latter two that facelifts are very effective in treating. Facelifts are also useful in restoring some of the volume that you would have lost from your face, ridding you of deep creases around your eyes, nose, and mouth, and removing fat and loose skin remove your neck region. On the other hand, the appearance your eyebrows, nose, and eyelids cannot be changed through a face lift. The procedure to be followed during a face lift will be decided by your doctor based on your expectations. The procedure will generally involve making incisions and then lifting the skin to tighten muscles and remove fat before removing excess skin and stitching your skin back together. There are, broadly speaking, three approaches: neck lift, traditional, and limited-incision face lift.
- Thread lifts: Thread lifts are a less expensive alternative to face lifts and have a much shorter recovery time. It also takes less time to perform. However, the procedure is not very popular. The procedure is specifically for those people who have not manifested large amount of aging signs. No incisions are necessary; instead,we insert threads in your skin using a needle and then pull them to tighten your skin.
Interested in learning more about thread lifts and face lifts?
If you want to learn more about face lifts and/or thread lifts, do contact Mark D. Epstein, M.D., F.A.C.S. You can talk to us over phone by dialing 631.689.1100 or you may come to our office, which is in Stony Brook, New York.