Removing the Threads from Thread Lift

How can the thread lift threads be removed? Can you pull them out or do they have to be removed with a facelift?

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Removing thread lifts

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It is difficult to know without knowing the exact type of thread (suture). But to answer your question, it is possible to remove without a face lift. However, the real question is whether you will need a face lift after removing the thread and that remains to be seen.

Some surgeons feel that if the threads have been present for long enough, the core of collagen surrounding the suture may be adequate to maintain the results after removal. Others do not believe this to be true.

There are several brands and each may require a different approach.

For example the contour thread lift comes in two types:

  1. One version has barbs in one direction and must be secured to another with barbs in the opposite direction. This requires a central knot.
  2. The other version has the barbs placed in opposite directions at either end with a central looped non-barbed zone (no knot required).

To remove a stitch that has bocome visible, I prefer to remove it at the far end where it will simply glide out if the knot has loosened. If there is no knot, you may have to find the segment without barbs, which may be difficult

In the event that it has not come to the surface, you may have to go hunting for the knot or loop. The knots can usually be felt, whereas the loops cannot. I have developed a technique to find the loops, which is difficult to describe here.

Once you find the non-barbed segment, you will have to pull backwards with some force (enough to fracture the barbs). Occasionally this will result in breaking or splitting of the suture.

Removal is Possible

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Exactly what is required is dependent on the type of threads which you have inserted. In general, removal can be accomplished without a facelift but this can be a very difficult process. In some patients, after the threads are removed, a facelift is necessary to obtain the results which the patient had before the threads are removed.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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