How effective is the lunchtime facelift?

Salvatore Pacella, MD
Plastic Surgery
Technically called the thread lift, the “lunchtime facelift” uses threads (sutures) to lift different parts of the skin in your face, essentially hooking the skin and pulling it up. Although the thread lift is quicker and less invasive than a traditional facelift, it should be approached with caution. Because it takes a very superficial approach and leaves the skin attached to its underlying tissue, the results don’t last as long as a traditional procedure.

Research on thread lifts has confirmed they are only a short-term solution, with a high percentage of patients ultimately requiring additional surgeries. In addition, some patients have emerged from their thread lifts with the knots used in the procedure still visible.

In a traditional facelift, or even a “minilift,” the surgeon redrapes the skin and buries the knots to prevent exposure. These procedures require more recovery time, but the results are far superior.

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