Will a Contour Thread Lifts lift the jowl area? (photo)
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Thread Lifting: Caveat Emptor
Indeed, much of the initial improvement in facial contour appears to be secondary to the swelling caused by the thread lift itself, and, again, is very transient. In general, patients who achieve the best of these very limited results tend to have thin skin and a relatively smaller volume of facial soft tissue. Unfortunately, for these same reasons, the thread lift in these patients is more poorly camouflaged in their faces, and they also tend to have a higher incidence of puckering of the skin and palpability, and sometimes even visibility, of the threads.
Because of this experience, we now routinely discourage patients from undergoing thread lifts, explaining the routinely short lived nature of the result, as well as the possible complications of the procedure, such as palpability of the threads, visibility of the threads, extrusion of the threads, asymmetry of the treated areas, bruising, nerve injury, etc. In nearly all cases, there is a surgical procedure such as a facelift, mini-facelift, neck lift, endoscopic mid face lift, fat transfer, etc., which will be better tailored to addressing the issue of concern, will give them an aesthetically superior improvement, and will yield a longer lasting result than a thread lift.