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Cosmetic Procedures

Stitch Facelift, Thread Lift and Mini Facelift

One Stitch Facelift, Facial and Cosmetic Procedure

As we age, gravity takes its toll, as the tissue of the face sags, giving an oval shape to the face. The first points of the face to sag are the eyebrows, cheekbone area, jowls and upper neck. To correct this, it is necessary to lift the tissue upwards and backwards.

 

See our gallery of facelift surgery performed in Cosmetic Medical Centre, to give you an overview of the result.

Frequently asked questions

What is a face stitch lift?

A wide spectrum of face stitch lifts have been developed over the last ten years. These techniques involve suspending the soft tissue of the face by fine sutures. The Loop Technique: Sutures are introduced to the fat beneath the skin in a series of loops. These stitches stretch towards the nasolabial groove and loop back to the ear or to the bone behind the ear. The Self-Anchoring Threads are nylon threads with microscopic cogs, which are placed under the skin without loops. The cogs hook onto the underside of the skin, pulling and tightening the tissue. However, Dr. Roberts has created his own hand made three dimensional and higher density cogs resulting in a higher degree of self-anchoring threads, and consequently producing better supportive structure for the tissue and more effective results. With the stitch lift we are placing multiple fine threads close to the jowls and the lifting the tissue. A small incision is hidden behind the ear or in the scalp so that there will be no visible scar on the face. However, some patients may have excess loose skin that is best removed at the time of the procedure.

Who needs to have a stitch lift?

Usually younger patients, between the ages of 35 and 50, who do not require removal of the skin.

Advantages of the Stitch Lift

  • Minimally invasive.
  • Procedure performed under sedation and local anaesthesia.
  • Natural results, producing a refreshed appearance.
  • Brief downtime – few days of recovery.
  • Small incisions hidden in the hair that are imperceptible
  • Very minimal risk of complications

What happens during the procedure?

Doctor will give a detailed explanation of the procedure. For some patients, cogs threads are enough, but for some the loop threads should be used, or both techniques need to be combined. The multiple threads radiate from the nasolabial groove, from the jaw, lifts the skin and smoothes not only wrinkles but also the fold, the corner of the mouth and the jawline.

How long does a stitch lift last?

The improvement is usually for years. While the sutures tighten the soft tissues (overlying skin, further tightening occurs over time through a reaction to the presence of the sutures. With time, the body produces collagen that forms around the sutures and the skin continues to tighten, enhancing the effects.

What other parts of the face can be treated with the suture technique?

The same technique can be used to tighten the loose skin of the neck and also to produce a quick, simple and effective brow lift. There is no need for the more invasive endoscopic brow lift.

Can the suture face lift be combined with other procedures?

Yes. If the patient has excessive loose skin it would often produce a visible gathering of the skin. For this reason, the suture face-lift works beautifully with an S-Face lift, where the excess skin is removed. The face suture lift can also be combined with a brow lift of neck lift.

What kind of anaesthesia is used during the procedure?

The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and sedation.

How long does it take?

The procedure takes about two to three hours and is done in the operation theatre.

What are the possible complications?

Complications are very rare. Bruising can last from a few days, but this can be covered up with makeup. Swelling disappears within the first one to two weeks. Tiny irregularities of the skin (puckering) can last up to one or two weeks.

What can be expected post operatively?

Following the operation, the patient should stay for one hour in our recovery room. You will then be able to go home, but you will not be permitted to drive. Following self-anchoring threads there are no bandages. Following Loop threads the bandages should be worn for two days. During the first 24 hours after the procedure, the patient will need to stay in a semi-recumbent position. It is best to eat soft room temperature food and drink, and to avoid alcohol and smoking for one to two weeks.

After 24 hours, the patient will be reviewed, and again three days later. Dressings are removed the next day, and then the patient is able to shower and wash their hair.

Before & After

Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.