Contour lift is used widely in cosmetic surgery by our center’s doctors. It is used for face lift without surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and is why is also called the lunch time lift. The barbs on the thread helps to pull, reposition and hold the tissue layers as it passes through them until the fibrosis sets in to make the pull more lasting.
The Prolene monofilament thread, with little notches cut into their sides, are placed in the subcutaneous plane under the ptosed facial skin. These are anchored under secure points in fronto-occipitalis and temporalis tissues.
The drooped or “ptosed” facial skin and layers of tissue is then elevated onto the barbed threads, and stay elevated because of the barbs. Thus the patient gets a “facelift”, without any surgical cut wound and without any removal of skin, yet the effect is achievable.
In the event that a patient is unhappy with the results, the threads can be readily removed and the patient’s face thence returns to its position prior to treatment. This seldom happen, and in most cases the result is fairly satisfactory if the patient selection is carried out diligently. Thus, Contour threads have negligible permanent “biological cost”, as the effect is reversible. Effects last for a number of years, quoted as 2–5 years, after which time the positive effect is gradually lost and the patient’s face returns to its state prior to treatment.