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Threadlift Facelift Q&A

This FAQ (frequently asked question) section reviews many of the questions and answers regarding the SMART Facelift™, the original one hour facelift and necklift procedure as performed by Dr. Adam Summers at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center (just minutes from Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia and Washington, DC).  The Q&A below are designed to help understand what to expext after you have had a threadlift facelift and necklift procedure.  Other FAQ’s include:

     FAQ’s – Information to consider before having the Threadlift facelift performed

     FAQ’s – Information about how the Threadlift facelift procedure is performed

Q: How do I care for my face after the Threadlift facelift?
A: Immediately after your Threadlift facelift procedure, avoid straining (e.g. heavy lifting) and keep your head elevated. This will reduce your risk of bruising and swelling. Baggies filled with frozen peas can provide additional protection against bruising.

You may shower and/or gently wash your face immediately after the Threadlift facelift procedure.  Avoid pressing on your cheeks or you may inadvertently loosen the Threadlift threads.  After one month, the threads will be “locked” in place and it will not be possible to loosen them.

During the first month, things to avoid include: laying with your hand under your face, facial massages, pulling down on your cheeks or stretching your cheeks downward – men need to be particularly careful of this when shaving.

Q: When can I wear makeup?
A: You may wear moisturizers, sunscreen and makeup immediately after the Threadlift facelift procedure.  Some patients do experience mild bruising after their Threadlift procedure – if this should occur, a light concealer or camouflage makeup may be used.
Q: Can I drive after the Threadlift facelift?
A: If you have the Threadlift facelift procedure performed under local anesthesia (no sedation) you may drive immediately after the procedure.  You will need a responsible adult to drive you home if you decide to have any type of sedation during your Threadlift facelift.
Q: When can I return to work?
A: You may resume light work related activities immediately after your Threadlift facelift.  However, if your job requires that you engage in significant bending/stooping (e.g. networking computers) or heavy lifting/straining (e.g. stocking), we recommend that you take 2-3 days off of work to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling.
Q: When are follow-up visits scheduled?
A: Dr. Summers has patients return for a check-up the day after their Threadlift facelift to assess the immediate results of their Threadlift procedure.  Minor adjustments in the amount of lift and in facial symmetry are able to be made during this time frame.  Patients are then seen one week following their Threadlift facelift procedure to have stitches removed.
Q: How long will I be bruised?
A: Bruising and swelling do not occur in every patient. Bruising can be reduced by avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Excederin, Motrin or other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 weeks prior to your Threadlift facelift procedure (these medications cause thinning of the blood and are likely to result in bruising after an injection). The risk of bruising and swelling can be further reducded by taking care the first 24-hours after the Threadlift facelift procedure to avoid straining, keeping your head elevated, and using cool packs over the cheeks.

In the event bruising is present, it should resolve within a few days.Typically, concealer can be used to camouflage any visible bruising.

Note: Some patients have reported that ingesting the herbal supplements Arnica and Bromelain starting the week prior to invasive procedures can further reduce bruising and swelling.

Q: How long do the results last?
A: The beneficial results obtained from a Threadlift facelift procedure will last about 5 years.  However, individuals age at varying rates due to differences in genetics and environmental exposure.  Therefore, it is impossible to predict how long any individual will maintain the improvements obtained from their Threadlift facelift and necklift procedure.
Q: How long should I plan on having “down time”?
A: Most patients are able to return to normal light activities immediately after a Threadlift facelift and necklift.  To reduce the risk of bruising and swelling, we recommend that you avoid any increase in blood flow to your head for 48 hours.  Therefore, you should avoid straining (e.g. weight lifting) and you should avoid frequent or prolonged lowering of your head (e.g. gardening).
Q: Can adjustments be made or threads be added in the future?
A: In the unlikely event that there is asymmetry after your Threadlift facelift procedure, it is possible to tighten existing threads.  Also, if you experience “premature” sagging of the face or neck, it is easy to insert additional Threadlift threads to further lift and tighten the face and neck skin.
Q: What will happen if a thread breaks?
A: Dr. Summers always inserts “extra” Threadlift threads to provide superior lifting strength and resiliency. Therefore, breakage of a single Threadlift thread will not result in any loss of structural support.  However, the broken segment of a thread may advance, causing a feeling of a “pimple” under the skin – this can be easily removed in the office.