Are Contour Thread Lifts Permanent?

I've read that Contour Thread Lifts are both permanent and temporary; which is it?

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Thread Lift Results Don't Last Long

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Contour Threadlifts use permanent barbed sutures and the results are short lived. Save your money and do a procedure that will give you years of benefit. The Lite-lift® is a simpler procedure that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not “Thread-lifts” or “String-lifts”. We do not use the “barbed” sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift® uses longer lasting techniques that are discussed below. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.


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Thread lifts use permanent sutures that are placed under the skin. The results are temporary because they do not access the prime issue with ageing: Descent of the structures that contain muscles (fascia). In a facelift, the main fascial system is elevated and sutured to another fascial system which provides longer-lasting results because this is the strength layer.  Whereas, in the thread left only the skin is elevated and as we all know, skin is elastic and over time sags.  The procedure can cost anywhere from $3-$6000 depending on your geographic locale.  As I mentioned, the sutures are permanent and if placed to superficial can cause irritation to the skin.  Good technique is always critical to the success of any surgical procedure. See a board certified plastic surgeon to assess what is best for you.

Contour Thread Lift

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A procedure with patented Contour Threads or Silhouette Threads is a safe, conservative and effective one that offers subtle, natural-looking results. These specially designed sutures are fashioned from clear polypropylene, a material that has been safely used in the body for many years in other medical products. By gently shifting sagging tissues in an upward direction, this technique produces a relaxed, fresh appearance while preserving and enhancing the natural contours of your face. This procedure does not replace a conventional facelift; rather it offers patients an innovative, minimally invasive approach.In general, the best candidates for this procedure include both women and men in their thirties through their sixties who want a more youthful appearance, but do not want a conventional full facelift or browlift procedure.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Contour Threads

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Yes. The contour threads are permanent. However, the face will continue to age naturally. Typically, my patients who are looking for a minimally invasive procedure like this will repeat the procedure in 2-5 years or opt for a facelift.

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Are Contour threads permanent or temporary...

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With all plastic surgery procedures, no result lasts forever.  The results of a thread lift should last on average for 3-5 years as you continue to age.  If needed at that time your surgeon can always add a few more threads to freshen the results.  The threads themselves, however, are permanent sutures that are placed subcutaneously.  The body grows collagen around the threads so you don't even know they are there.  These threads are used for the cheeks primarily.  Make sure your surgeon has significant experience with the threads as they need to be placed a certain way to achieve these results.

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 222 reviews

Safety of Ultherapy in treating the lower face - Santa Monica

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Contour thread lifts are less commonly used in patients. The ideal treatments for non surgical neck or facelifting include Ultherapy.

Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Contour Thread Lift: Permanent Sutures with Very Temporary Results

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The contour thread lift was a surgical gimmick with the promise of less downtime, great results, and a less invasive procedure.  Although the sutures are actually permanent (nonabsorbable), the results are very temporary, lasting several months.  This is a classic procedure with a price to result mismatch.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

Thread Lift sutures are permanent

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The sutures used for the "threadlift" procedure are permanent (non-absorbable) sutures. These sutures are adherent to the soft tissue, resulting in a permanent suspension of the treated tissues. The "Contour Threadlift" procedure advocated use of an inadequate number of sutures for the procedure, an inadequate mechanism for securing the sutures, and inappropriate post-op care -- all of this has resulted in many of the Contour Threadlift patients experiencing a lack of long term results due to loosening of the suspension sutures.

However, when each of the above issues is appropriately addressed, the threadlift procedure can provide very long term beneficial results (measured in years). And, because the sutures are permanent, they will always be holding the facial soft tissue up...thus, always providing some support against future aging.

Adam Summers, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon


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The reason you have read both is that both are true. The threads themselves are permanent but the results appear to be temporary. Several studies have looked at long term results after the Contour Thread Lift procedure and shown disappointing results.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon

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