Is a Thread Lift an Alternative to a Mini Facelift?

Thread lift treatment has existed for several years. In the 90s, when early lifts were first introduced, the technique used left something to be desired. Barbs on the permanent filaments held the potential for causing rippling or dimpling in the skin and the risk of infection was also higher than patients found acceptable. Today, thread lifts are making a comeback. Though the risks associated with early thread lifts have been all but eliminated, there is good reason to consider whether or not a thread lift is a viable alternative to a surgical facelift.

Dr. Fante has performed reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for many years. His facelift techniques include full facelift, facelift and neck lift, and an endoscopic mid-facelift. Mid-face lifts are often referred to as a mini-lift procedure. Here, we want to point out the similarities and differences between modern-day thread lifting and the endoscopic mid-facelift so you can determine which may be most suitable for your needs and expectations.

The Thread Lift Explained

Thread lifting is appreciated by adults who are interested in refreshing their face without the downtime of surgery. Treatment is conducted in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. A few injections numb the tissue on the midface so biodegradable threads can be inserted. The filaments used today do not stay in place forever, which is actually advantageous compared to original threads. Over the course of several months, they dissolve. Their purpose is to initially “catch” sagging tissue and then to support that tissue by stimulating collagen production. There is little downtime after a thread lift, if any. Results of treatment can last approximately 2 years.

The Endoscopic Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is a technique that resolves issues age the central and lower part of the face. The endoscopic technique is one that was developed and refined by pioneering surgeons, including Dr. Fante, to make the process more efficient and less invasive. An endoscopic lift is conducted through tiny incisions and may be performed with local anesthesia, a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation, or under general anesthesia, depending on the extensiveness of the entire treatment plan. During surgery, the fat pads that give the cheeks their height are repositioned to smooth the lower face, reduce nasolabial folds, and lift the corners of the mouth. This repositioning and securing with specific internal suture technique can also restore sharpness to the jawline. There may be up to a week of downtime to allow swelling to resolve after a mid-facelift. Results can last several years.

We are proud to offer treatments that achieve lasting improvement. To learn more about facelift techniques and which may be right for you, schedule a consultation in our Denver office.

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