Thread Facelift is a surgical procedure for lifting up the sagging facial features such as the brows or cheeks and sagging jaw line with special threads called Waptos threads. It is a procedure effective only in select patients and ideal candidates are determined by Dr Sachin Shah.
Reasons for Considering a Thread Facelift:
- Less extreme than a complete facelift, thread lift is an option for those who do not feel ready for major surgery
- Do not need a full facelift
- Have had a facelift in the past, but skin has begun sagging again
Dr. Sachin Shah has specifically trained in Singapore for this procedure called the WOFFLES LIFT where a specially-designed thread with small barbs is used as a sling to suspend sagging facial tissues to the firm and immovable tissues of the scalp. Before beginning the thread lift local anesthesia is administered because general anesthesia is not needed to undergo a thread lift. A tiny incision is then made at the hairline in the area to be treated and, using a thin hollow needle, the barbed sutures are threaded into tissue below the skin’s surface. The barbs on the thread catch tissue, lifting it like an open umbrella; the tension can be adjusted and the threads are then attached to underlying tissue and gently tug skin into the desired position. The needle is then removed and the threads are cut and knotted. The body subsequently produces collagen around the barbs, which help support the skin in its new, elevated position. It takes very little time to perform, has minimal swelling or bruising and patients recover within 24 hrs.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing and recovery process. After surgery tape will be placed over the sites of needle insertion. It is important to not rub the threaded areas for a few weeks; also, you will need to sleep on your back for about a week. You may experience bruising and swelling for 7 to 10 days after the procedure; however, these effects are passing. Minor pain associated with surgery can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given after the procedure.