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.
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.
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