What a Feather Lift Entails


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Prior to giving a feather facelift, the surgeon will locate the points of the face that are most recommended for lifting in order to provide the patient with the best results. These positions are marked onto the skin and a local anaesthetic is injected into the areas that the threads will be inserted to ensure that the said locations are numb. The areas where the threads are typically positioned depend entirely on the area being lifted. For a neck lift, the thread is typically inserted behind the ear. However, to lift the cheeks, brows, forehead and jowls it is normally inserted in the hairline. Even if the surgery thread is not put in the hairline to provide lift, it sometime is positioned here anyway to support the other threads in the face to help provide lift and stopping them from slipping. All the threads inserted are then taped into position. The procedure as a whole should not take longer than two hours.

Once it has been completed, you may notice that there are some signs of swelling and bruising; however, this often subsides in a matter of days. It should not be painful, although your face may feel a bit tighter than normal but you will get used to it. Also, you should note that the results obtained from a feather lift procedure are generally temporary. This means that the surgery may have to be repeated occasionally.

The Threads Used

The actual threads used in feather lift procedures are typically made out of polypropylene, which is a monofilament. They are covered in tiny cogs, which help keep the thread in position and can attach to and pull on the underlying fat and tissue to deliver the desired results. This polypropylene thread is inserted under the skin area in need of refining using a fairly small, hollow needle to prevent unnecessary scarring. It has been noted that on average during a feather lift procedure, about 14 threads are inserted.

The areas with potential for feather lift treatment

The feather lift procedure is relatively flexible in terms of facial refinement. The threads can be implicated in various areas of the face, however there are certain locations that benefit more from the threads than others. The areas that will probably benefit most from feather lift surgery are those that have fallen victim to some sagging, commonly the neck, cheeks, brows and jaw line. These areas can be treated using the threads to give a tighter, more polished appearance to leave you with an overall more youthful look. However, if these areas show more serious sagging then a more tradition face, brow or neck lift may be more suitable to get the desired results.


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