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What are Contour Threadlifts™?
Contour Threads™, the only F.D.A. approved nonabsorbent threads for use in the U.S., are the latest development in a long line of implantable, specially designed surgical threads used to lift sagging skin on the midface, forehead, eyebrows and neck.
This procedure is not for everybody nor is it intended to replace a full surgical facelift wherein a lot of sagging skin, along with some underlying muscle, is trimmed, stretched tighter and stitched back into place.
Contour Threads™ fit into one of the most sweeping trends in plastic and cosmetic surgery. That trend is short procedures with minimal recovery time. More people are willing to return to their surgeon sooner after those quick procedures when the youthful look fades somewhat.
The trend is often referred to as “lunchtime cosmetic surgery" because many procedures are done in under an hour.
What are the Benefits of Contour Threadlifts™?
A more youthful, rested look, gained in a short period of time with minimal scarring and without being put to sleep under general anesthesia.
Having a Contour Threadlift™ also cost much less than having a full face lift. Most patients range in age from thirty to sixty and have moderate drooping of the face and brow.
This procedure could be addressed for brow lifting, jowling rejuvenation, mid-face lifting and neck lifting by lifting sagging skin, fatty tissues and muscles in the midface, forehead, eyebrows and neck.
What are the types of Contour Threads?
Contour Threads™ are non-absorbable and will not dissolve over time; the threads are made of polypropylene, a material which has been used in brain, heart and abdominal surgery for many years without side effects.
Aptos threads or Barbed sutures may be placed to lift the brows, cheeks, jawline, and / or neck. The featherlift is useful in cases when sagging is minimal.
Silhouette Sutures are used to elevate eyebrows, lift cheeks, elevate and reduce jowls, tighten neck and jaw lines and lift soft tissue in the facial areas. These threads are featured by no sharp barbs, suture shape is perfectly round, no cuts in suture to weaken strength, clear, flexible and non absorbable or absorbable cones.
The Silhouette Suture is different from barbed sutures. Barbed sutures are created with cuts made in the shaft of conventional sutures, weakening the inherent strength of the thread. Silhouette Sutures utilize clear, flexible, absorbable cones. Once the cones are completely absorbed, tissue growth around the small knots will allow for tissue suspension.
How is a Contour Threadlift™ Performed?
- The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete, depending on the number of threads used, and it could be done with local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
- Contour Threadlift™ could be done in a hospital if general anesthesia is needed or in outpatient bases (clinic) if local anesthesia will be used.
- The surgeon, using a thick, hollow needle, inserts a thread into the fat layer just under the patient’s skin, starting near the cheekbone, (if the task at hand is to lessen the nasolabial folds, those thick, facial creases that run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth.)
- One end of the thread is then tied to deeper, firmer internal structures in the face.
- The other end of the thread travels under the skin about four inches.
- When the surgeon withdraws the needle, barbs on the sutures deposit themselves in the drooping parts of the face.
- We then gently tug on the thread which pulls the loose flesh up, closer to where it once sat in the patient’s youth, and ties it down.
- In most cases, four threads are the minimum needed to lift moderate sagging of one facial area.
- New collagen then forms around each thread to maintain the lifted effect.
- The technique can be used to lift sagging cheeks, jowls and to create a better balance for eyebrows that may not be symmetrical.
- Patients are able to go home soon afterwards.
- According to the manufacturer, the procedure to place Contour Threads™ can be combined with other surgical rejuvenation techniques like Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser therapy to improve skin texture. Liposuction of the neck and jowls, and chin augmentation can also be done in conjunction with a Contour Threadlift™.
Who is the Candidate for Contour Threadlift™?
People who are NOT good candidates, according to the manufacturer are:
- Patients with thin, fragile aging skin
- patients who want a dramatic transformation.
- people with very heavy, jowly faces and those who have thin faces with very little facial fat.
What Are The Risks Associated with a Contour Threadlift™?
Any invasive procedure, no matter how slight, carries some risk. With Contour Threads™, the usual, expected risks include minor bruising and swelling, infection, and the threads popping out of the skin.
The patient’s face must be kept immobile for several days after the procedure so the threads won’t be dislodged. That usually means no loud laughing, a minimum of talking, no facial rubbing, sleeping on your back and avoiding opening your mouth too widely. These restrictions are lifted after three weeks.
Patients usually return to work within three days. With surgical makeup, many patients can return to work the day after surgery.
What Are the Typical Results of a Contour Threadlift™ and How Long Do they Last?
Results are immediate. During your consultation, we can show you, using a mirror, the approximate amount of lift you can expect to get with Contour Threads™.
The actual duration of the lift depends on the age of the patient at the time of the procedure, the amount of sagging in his or her face and the number of threads used. The lift can last three to five years in some cases.
What Are the Typical Costs Associated with a Contour Threadlift™?
Often the price says nothing about the quality of the work. Most multicenter clinics charge much more than private doctors — their advertising budget is more and the owner of the clinic has to take his 20% or 30% off the top. In my opinion, you are less likely to get a quality procedures at these multi-center locations.
Although price is a factor when deciding on surgery, the most important factor is that you feel you are getting a good quality, natural-looking result from the procedure.
Contour Threadlift™ costs are variable according to the type and the number of used threads. The general range for a Contour Threadlift™ is usually $2000 to $3000. The areas that can be treated include the brows, midface, cheek, jowls and neck.
Frequently asked questions from patients when considering undergoing Contour Threadlift™?!
Q - Is it possible to use Contour Threadlift™ in areas other than face?
A - Of course it could be done for breast lift or buttock lift but in certain indications.
Q - What is the duration of the Contour Threadlift™ procedure?
A - Ranging from half to one hour.
Q - What is the type of anesthesia, and when I can return to normal life?
A - Local anesthesia with or without sedation will be sufficient but General anesthesia may be needed.
Q - What are the symptoms that may occur in the first five days after Contour Threadlift™?
A - Soreness which could be managed by pain killer’s medications and there may be edema or swelling of the lower half of the face that last three days.
Q - What are the guarantees that the success of the process?
A - There is no doubt that the followers of the medical instructions and close follow up visits are the main factors for the success of any surgical procedure. If not, the process to achieve the agreed outcomes before, the process repeats at reduced cost.
Q - When can we get the final results?
A - The results appear immediately.
Q - Is the enhanced face seems naturally?
A - Yes, youthful and smiley face.
Q - What is ideal age for Contour Threadlift™?
A - Contour Threadlift™ could be done at any age.
Q - If you are not Egyptian, What is the minimum period for follow up?
A - Just one day.
Q - What are the contraindications of Contour Threadlift™?
A - Patients with thin, fragile aging skin, who want a dramatic transformation, people with very heavy, jowly faces and those who have thin faces with very little facial fat.
Q - Where will the Contour Threadlift™ be performed?
A - In hospital if general anesthesia is needed or in outpatient bases (clinic) if local anesthesia will be used.
Q - In my case, what type of Contour Threadlift™ is most appropriate in helping me achieve my cosmetic goal?
A - It depend on the your skin and your aging facial features.
Q - How much does Contour Threadlift™ cost and what elements factor into that cost like hospital fees, anesthesia, and so on?
A - Ranging from 2000 to 3000 U.S. dollars. Medical insurance dose not cover this procedures.
Q - What is the surgeon’s level of experience in performing Contour Threadlift™?
A - Well trained consultant or doctoral in Plastic surgery.
Q - What percentage of patients experience complications with Contour Threadlift™?
A - 4-7%
Summary of Contour Threadlift™:
The time of the procedure:
from half to two hours.
Type of anesthesia: local anesthesia +/- sedation or General.
Location: hospital or clinic without postoperative hospital stay.
Expected Side effects: Temporary swelling and pain.
Recovery time: return to work after 2 hours and the final outcome immediately.
Cost: according to number and type of threads ranging from 2000 to 3000 U.S. dollars,or 11,000 to 16,000 Egyptian pounds.
Results: Ranging from 5 to 10 years.
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