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THREAD LIFT: results comparable to or better than a face lift, by NZ's first doctor to offer this revolutionary new concept for face and neck lifting.... Auckland,Christchurch.
First introduced to NZ by Dr Beulink in 2001, the “thread lift” or “suture lift” procedure is a unique innovation in non-surgical rejuvenation for the face and neck. Not as radical as a full surgical face lift, a suspension thread lift can give the look of freshness, wellness or a less tired look with less downtime and less cost.
A thread lift uses a modification of the standard type of suture threads that have been used in medicine for many years. When inserted under the skin, the suture thread is pulled up to lift or tighten the targeted area. This restores the structure of the face, reversing the ageing trends of everything “heading south”. The brow, cheekbone area, jowls and upper neck are the first parts of the face to sag, and these are particularly good areas for threading.
Performed as a day procedure under local anaesthetic, the threads are fed into place through a tiny hollow needle. The lift that is obtained is determined by the type and number of threads used and the amount of pull required. The type of look and results required are different for different people, and needs to be specifically tailored to give the desired results.
Dr Beulink’s Personal Comments – Thread lift
As New Zealand's first doctor to offer this type of procedure, I have had a lot of experience as to just what threads can and cannot achieve. They are certainly an exciting addition to the array of cosmetic tools and procedures, but the technique does have its limits. Unfortunately the thread lift is often advertised or overstated in the media as to its apparent simplicity.
In my opinion, for anything other than a mild lift, often some form of hidden skin cut may be necessary, otherwise the patient is left with unsightly skin “bunching” beyond the lift area. Without the removal of some of this excess skin the bunching may eventually disappear, but usually at the cost of a significant loss of the lift. Unfortunately, simple threading will usually give results that simply won’t last!
A system of facial threads, each one carefully placed and individually tailored to create its own specific line of lift, combine to custom create a perfectly natural looking facial lift, something that the more generalised pull of a face lift cannot easily achieve. How often have we seen the wind tunnel effect of a traditional face lift?
How long does a thread lift last? A difficult question. The threads themselves are usually permanent, so they last forever (although, see below for dissolvable threads). However, like any cosmetic procedure, we cannot stop the clock. Other signs of the natural ageing process will eventually overtake the result, which is inevitable.
Costs for a thread lift procedure can vary depending on what area needs treating and how much work is involved. Costs are $12,000 - $20,000, which includes your pre treatment check and post treatment check ups. This does not cover your prescription fee.
If you are considering the thread lift procedure, you would firstly need to have a half hour, one on one, initial consultation and assessment with Dr Beulink. He will go over your concerns with you, see whether you are an appropriate candidate for a thread lift and that it will give you the results you are looking for. He will also discuss downtime, before and after photos, results, side effects, costs, and any other procedures that may be of benefit for you. At the end of this consultation you will have a full idea of exactly what a thread lift can do for you, and just what it would take to have this procedure.