What is a one stitch face lift?
A one stitch face lift is a fairly new cosmetic procedure which involves having one stitch put in on each side of the head and then buried in the hair to cover it up. It is designed to minimise double chins, lift cheeks upwards and to tighten up saggy necks so it can create a much better overall definition. This makes it ideal for middle aged women about 40 years old and above who are insecure about their facial shape due to the sagging of skin.
The advantages of the procedure
The good thing is that it is only done under a local anaesthetic and takes around 30 minutes so is fairly quick to do. Only small incisions are made and no tissue or muscle is cut. Because it is not so invasive and complicated, the results look natural and improve the look of the face to make it appear younger and less tired. It is an alternative to Botox and other cosmetic procedures that can be even riskier and more challenging. It also leaves you without any scars so it is not obvious that you have had anything done.
The disadvantages of the procedure
A thick, 20 cm long needle is used within the procedure which may put people off and make them nervous about what is to come. It is used to anchor the thread during the stitching process so you may feel a bit of pain or discomfort when the needle is pushed out through the side of your cheek. However, an anaesthetic should numb most of it. There may be bruising afterwards for a few days although this is nothing that a bit of concealer or foundation cant hide so essentially you could return to work the same day if needed. It is quite pricy at the moment and could cost you between Â£1,800 to about Â£4,000.
The risks of face lifts
However any surgery is not to be taken lightly. There are still various risk factors involved in having an anaesthetic and any type of face lift. In rare cases, anaesthesia can lead to a reaction to the medication or difficulty with breathing. There is a possibility that surgery can lead to bleeding and infection and other risks are that a pocket of blood may form under the skin and require drainage or nerves which control facial muscles could be damaged. Always make sure you go with a qualified surgeon and try to gain as many references from previous clients as possible.