Thread Lift vs Facelift: Which is Right for You?

As you age, your body produces less and less collagen, which gives the skin more resistance and resilience, allowing it to stretch. Your skin grows thinner and weaker, causing wrinkles and skin to sag. You may want to restore youthfulness.

There are several options for facial rejuvenation. You might consider a facelift or a mini facelift, which are surgical procedures. A thread lift, however,  is another, less invasive option.

In this blog post, we’ll answer some common questions regarding each one, so you can make an informed decision.

Is a Mini Facelift the same as a Thread Lift?

The short answer is no. A mini facelift is a modified version of a facelift surgery and is still a surgical procedure.

A mini facelift involves smaller incisions, typically requires local anesthesia, has less scarring, and has a shorter recovery time. The results are more short-lived than those of a traditional facelift.

Generally, a mini facelift it’s recommended for younger patients who might want to correct mild sagging or excess skin. 

What is a Thread Lift?

A thread lift is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure that consists of suturing portions of excess skin, suspending it. This causes the skin to pull back slightly, which lifts and tightens the face.

Thread lifts also have another anti-aging effect, by increasing collagen. By making the body’s healing response kick in, collagen surges to the areas that have been treated. 

A thread lift treatment can rejuvenate the patients’ face and, because of the size of the thread, you won’t feel it happening. Once the skin has healed around the sutures you may not even feel them at all.

What is Facelift Surgery?

A full facelift surgery is a procedure to make your face look younger. The sagging or folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline, as well as other signs of aging, can be reduced by the operation.

It involves an invasive surgery in which the patients’ flap of skin is pulled back and  the underlying muscles altered to give you a more youthful shape. Excess skin is then removed, and the flaps sutured closed.

Pros of a Thread Lift

  • It’s a good “combo” procedure: thread lifts can be repeated multiple times without affecting other aesthetic treatments.
  • Instant results: while facelifts can take weeks to show results due to the swelling, you can see the change in your skin from a thread lift immediately.
  • Greatly reduced recovery time: for the most part, thread lift patients can go back to their normal routine the very same day.
  • Youthful skin: collagen helps your skin look healthier, plus the threads eliminate wrinkles and sagging, giving you a more youthful appearance by suturing loose skin.
  • Low risk: because there are no incisions, a thread lift has practically no risk of scarring or bleeding.

Pros of a Surgical Face lift

  • Tightens the skin: it tightens and smooths facial skin, jowls, and neck area, targeting multiple signs of aging.
  • Long-lasting results: a facelift can last for around ten years
  • It can help eliminate a double chin: a facelift can help reduce or even eliminate it.
  • Invisible scarring. The incisions made during the procedure are located in strategic locations so that they are easily concealed.

How long do Thread Lifts last?

A thread lift does last less time than a facelift. Generally, you can expect a thread lift to last from one to three years.

Many patients who are happy with the outcome can choose to have a new thread lift once the old ones have been absorbed by the body.

How long does a Face lift last?

There is no lifting technique that offers permanent results. Results of a full facelift are not the exception. The facial skin may sag again with time. Your facelift surgery will likely last around ten years.

Patients can have two procedures or more, but you risk having a slightly unnatural look.

Does Thread Lift cause sagging?

No. Thread lifts correct sagging skin by lifting the skin and promoting collagen production. But it is a good idea to take good care of your skin so your results last longer. In particular from sun damage, one of the leading causes of skin aging.

Do Facelifts cause sagging?

No. Facelift surgery is meant to lift the face and correct sagging skin. However, it is important to protect your skin after a facelift so the results aren’t compromised. Especially from sun damage, which causes aging.

Is a Thread Lift worth it?

That’s a question that can only be answered on a case-by-case basis. If you are looking for more subtle, natural-looking results, a more affordable procedure, a much faster recovery time, and are looking to correct moderate signs of aging, yes. A facelift is completely worth it.

Is a Facelift worth it?

It depends on the results that you want and what you are willing to undergo to get them. The results of a facelift surgery are more dramatic, more suited to treat severe sagging, the recovery time is longer but not unreasonably long and the results last longer.

Which one is better then? Facelift or Thread Lift?

Thread lifts and facelifts are different treatments, and as such produce different results. 

A facelift is a more long-lasting solution for aging concerns; it may be used on all parts of the face and will visibly reduce the appearance of a customer’s face by many years.

A thread lift is a non surgical and less expensive alternative to a surgical facelift, which may appeal to younger patients looking for minor cosmetic enhancements.

When it comes to facial rejuvenation procedures it’s a question of which one is right for you. Consider carefully the results that you’d like, as well as the pros and cons of each one, and choose the one that you feel is best for you.


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