A feather lift, also known as a thread, suture or contour lift, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that tightens and smoothes out ageing, wrinkled or loose facial skin. It is a less expensive and less potentially risky alternative to a face lift or brow lift. However, as you would expect, the results are not as dramatic as conventional plastic surgery. Nevertheless, the face should appear firmer and more youthful in appearance. The effects will last between four to seven years, depending on the elasticity of the skin and the patient's health and beauty regime.
A feather lift is normally carried out under a local anaesthetic and takes approximately 90 minutes. The surgeon will insert a needle under the skin to guide barbed threads through the dermal fat layer. The thread is then pulled upwards to tighten the loose skin before being secured with a suture.
The procedure is minimally invasive and, if performed correctly, should leave no scars. You should be able to return home within a few hours of the procedure, and return to work after a day or two. Your face may be swollen and bruised for a number of days, and there may be some mild numbness or pain.
Risks and side effects
There are no serious risks, side effects or complications associated with a feather or thread lift. Minor side effects can include bruising and mild swelling. In very rare cases, infection of the thread sites and a loss of facial symmetry can occur.
Cost and prices
The price of a feather lift or thread lift in a UK private cosmetic clinic is approximately £1,500 - £3,000, depending on the number of threads are used. If you decide to have a feather lift abroad, you can pay as little as £1,000 in Belgium or £1,200 in the USA.
NHS, private or abroad
Feather lifts and thread lifts are a purely cosmetic procedure and are therefore not offered on the NHS. However, contour lifts are available in many private cosmetic clinics in both the UK and abroad.
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