Lunchtime Lift, Anyone?
It’s one of the latest and greatest innovations in facial rejuvenation to come along in quite a while – the lunchtime lift, also known as a threadlift. Other popular names for this procedure are the weekend lift, contour lift, silk lift and even the Russian lift.
Threadlifts are a non-surgical, minimally invasive alternative to traditional facelifts. Today, Americans are increasingly concerned about how we look and the aging process, but we are also inherently impatient. Delayed gratification is not as popular as getting what we want right now. Thus spurring the cosmetic industry to create and develop quicker fixes to what ails us and makes us look older. Threadlifts are one of several non-surgical treatments coming on to the cosmetic scene, along with therapies like BOTOX, Restylane and Radiesse.
Those with too much sagging skin or those who have aged too much will not benefit from a threadlift. Your cosmetic surgeon will advise whether you are a candidate for either a traditional facelift or threadlift. In general, ideal candidates share these traits:
- Have skin that is not overly lax
- Are 35-50 years old with minimal signs of aging
- Are prematurely aging or have sun-damaged skin
- Are not ready for a traditional facelift
- Don’t have the time or the desire for the long recovery of a traditional facelift
- Have had a traditional facelift and now need a “touch up”
Cosmetic surgeons use threads, or clear polypropylene sutures with barbs or anchors attached, to gently reposition and lift the concerned sagging areas. The threads are placed beneath the skin with a needle inserted through small holes in the scalp. The patient remains awake through the one hour procedure with only local or twilight anesthesia. Bruising and swelling are probable for the first 48 hours after the procedure and can be treated with ice compresses. Full recovery can be expected within four to seven days, depending on the patient. Most patients can return to work within a week as well.
Threadlifts are successful in treating and lifting the forehead and brow, mid-face, cheeks, jowls and nasiolabial fold (the lines from the outside of the nose down to the mouth). This exciting facial rejuvenation procedure can be combined with other procedures and treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, eyelid lifts or liposuction to enhance the final results.
Lunchtime lifts have many benefits over traditional facelifts including the following:
- Non-surgical procedure
- No general anesthesia required
- Minimally invasive
- Only a few very small incisions required
- Minimal time investment
- Minimal downtime
- Minimal side effects such as swelling or bruising (when compared to a surgical facelift)
- Can be reversed or adjusted if needed
- More affordable
Depending on the number of areas lifted, costs can range from $1,500 to over $5,000. If cost is a concern, most cosmetic surgeons accept credit cards or offer third party financing to make the procedure more affordable.
If you are disturbed about the signs of aging but you’re not ready for the commitment of a traditional surgical facelift, perhaps the lunchtime lift is just what the doctor ordered. Consult with your local board-certified plastic surgeon to find out if you are a candidate.