Barbed Suture Lift
Provides a non-surgical, temporary facelift.
For a facelift without surgery, barbed sutures are inserted into the face to create a lifting effect or a tightening and firming of the soft facial tissues. This non-surgical procedure is useful for those with flabby faces or aging of the mid-face, jowls, brow and neck. Selective regional lifting is possible. Threads come in various configurations: short, bi-directional threads (APTOS, Feather lift); or long bi-directional slings (barbed suture lift), or long uni-directional threads (contour threads). Different threads create different effects (such as firming or lifting). These threads can be used in conjunction with traditional open facelift surgery or endoscopic techniques.
Approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Local anesthesia with or without light sedation.
This is a simple outpatient procedure. The patient can leave immediately after completion.
Possible Side Effects
Temporary discomfort and pain in the temples or behind the ear. Post-operative swelling and bruising is minimal. Some patients experience difficulty in opening their mouth widely. Puckering or dimpling of skin and pleating usually fades within two to three weeks.