Barbed Suture Lift

These are non-surgical procedures whereby barbed sutures are inserted into the face to create a lifting effect or a tightening and firming of the soft facial tissues. This is useful for those with flabby faces or aging of the mid-face, jowls, brow and neck.

Selective regional lifting is possible. Threads come in various configurations:

  • Short, bi-directional threads (APTOS, Feather lift);
  • Long bi-directional slings (BARBED SUTURE LIFT)
  • Long uni-directional threads (Contour threads).

Different threads create different effects (e.g., firming vs. lifting). These threads can be used in conjunction with traditional open facelift surgery or endoscopic techniques. Local anesthesia with or without light sedation. Patients look presentable after 24 to 48 hours.

Occasionally, puckering and pleating may persist for several weeks. These are excellent techniques for achieving a temporary facelift effect. The results last one to two years after which new threads need to be inserted to maintain or enhance the effect.

These threads should be viewed in the same way as other temporary procedures and fillers such as Botox or temporary fillers where loss of result after a period of time is not considered a failure. Together with other non-surgical techniques such as Botox injections, Hyaluronic acid soft tissue fillers, and IPL (intensed pulse light laser therapy,or Thermage (the use of radiofrequency to tighen the dermis of the skin), the rejuvenation can be powerful but is temporary.