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Thread lift complaints tripled in 2022, says new data

A 30% increase in thread lift complaints were received in 2022 as compared to the previous year reports UK industry body, Save Face.

This equates to a total of 118 complaints.

Thread lifts are an increasingly popular procedure that involves inserting biodegradable suture threads precisely within the skin using a needle or cannula. The sutures stimulate the skin’s natural healing response, which increases collagen production, providing more skin lift, as well as diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

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In particular, there are growing concerns about complaints linked to inadequately trained practitioners. Specifically, those attempting to imitate results, while also ‘undercutting costs, overlooking stringent safety protocols and covertly captivating patients into a false sense of security that can lead to serious complications’.

Thread lifts are widely considered to bridge the gap between non-invasive treatments and cosmetic surgery, so, a comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy, contraindications and possible complications is fundamental.

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Inadequate training, inaccurate placement or incorrect thread selection can all lead to several risks associated with poor practice, including: discomfort and pain; bruising, swelling and tenderness; blood vessel or salivary gland injury, hematoma and nerve damage; infection; facial asymmetry; protrusion, extrusion and migration of threads; dimpling and irregularities; thread migration; Source: Aesthetic Medicine Magazine