Facelift in the traditional sense addresses the lower face and the neck skin wrinkles. It involves removal of excess skin and facial muscles via an behind the ear. Using sutures, the muscle layer (also called the “SMAS” = superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) is lifted up and towards the ears. It is this repositioning of the muscles that gives a facelift the desired youthful look and longevity. Next, excess facial skin and hair baring scalp is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. It can be combined with various procedures like liposuction of chin, neck etc.
The goal of “thread lift” is to lift without removing skin. Various branded and self-made sutures are available which can be easily inserted to give the face a more youthful contour. Post-procedure recovery is fast and usually uneventful.