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Have you heard of the thread lift? It's being touted as the facelift that doesn’t require you to go under the knife. The fact that there's yet another new procedure sweeping its way through plastic surgery clinics across the nation is no surprise, but does the thread lift live up to the hype?

How Does a Thread Lift Work?

A thread lift, also called a barbed-suture lift, involves feeding a series of barbed (yes barbed, as in spiky) thread through your skin. The thread is inserted into a small incision behind the ear and the stitches are placed in order to achieve a lifting and tightening effect. Once the stitches are in place, the thread is secured behind the ear and you can be on your merry way.

Results are said to look quite natural and the thread lift doesn't require the removal of any skin. This lessens the amount of downtime required before you can go show off your fabulous new look at the club.

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True…

A thread lift is generally considered low risk. However, the potential complications can be a bit unnerving and the success rate without complications is not particularly high.

For example, sometimes the threads can break which may leave some unpleasant results. (A few odd bulges or puckers won’t bother you, right?) Other times, the threads have physically popped out of the skin—oh, and did we mention, the threads are a lovely shade of blue! Nothing discreet about that!

Listen darlings, if you're dying to look younger but you don't want to look "done," stop looking for some new-fangled alternative procedure and instead look for a board certified plastic surgeon who knows his stuff. A plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures can help you look your best without having to resort to running barbed thread through your face. Win-win!

 

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