Once upon a time, the only way to reverse visible signs of aging was to undergo a full surgical facelift. Thankfully, that’s no longer true. Botox, dermal fillers, and a long list of skin rejuvenation treatments enable our team at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery to help you improve and maintain a smoother, firmer, younger-looking appearance.
However, if you are approaching middle age, a bit more lift is often required to achieve desired results. That’s where the Suture Suspension FaceLift comes in. Brows, cheeks, jowls, and neck -- one or all of these areas can benefit from this procedure, with 50-70% of the lift achievable via surgical facelift.
What is a Suture Suspension FaceLift?
You may have heard of a “thread lift,” a procedure created several years ago that was intended to lift sagging facial skin from below the surface using a thread-like material. This procedure is no longer used because it didn’t meet expectations. However, using a similar concept, the Suture Suspension FaceLift procedure offers impressive (but natural looking) results that can last for up to five years.
Performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Hernandez, the Suture Suspension FaceLift is safe and effective for all skin types and genders. There are few risks or possible complications.
Who is a good candidate?
Good candidates for a Suture Suspension FaceLift are in their 40s and 50s who have loose skin on their face and/or neck and want a fast non-surgical solution to renew and energize their facial appearance. The best candidates are in good health, non-smokers, close to their optimal weight and have realistic expectations about results.
Benefits of a Suture Suspension FaceLift
This is an ideal mid-range procedure for those who want to give a visual lift to their brows, cheeks, jowls and/or neck but who are not ready, or don’t want, to undergo invasive surgery. The Suture Suspension FaceLift is much faster than traditional surgery, recovery time is much shorter, there is lower risk of complications, and cost is much more affordable.
What happens during a Suture Suspension FaceLift?
This is an outpatient procedure performed in-office here at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery. Patients receive local anesthetic plus Valium (given orally), with the option for ProNox, a gas that helps patients relax during the procedure.
Dr. Hernandez performs the Suture Suspension FaceLift in two phases. For the first phase, she uses AccuTite radiofrequency technology and, in some cases, Renuvion J-Plasma (a different type of treatment that uses radiofrequency-heated helium gas), depending on the areas to be treated. AccuTite gently heats the skin and fat below the skin’s surface. Using different wands for different parts of the face, Dr. Hernandez can work precisely to achieve the smoothest, most lifted appearance. Renuvion’s “cool plasma” does not melt fat, but rather works to tighten skin by contracting collagens, proteins, and the septal fibrous network within the tissues.
For phase two, Dr. Hernandez inserts a cannula into the fat below the skin’s surface to gently detach the skin, then inserts sutures (the same threads used by cardiovascular surgeons) in strategic locations. The sutures lift the deeper layers because they have tiny “barbs” that grasp and lift, or suspend, the sub-surface fatty and soft tissues. The suture material is absorbable, used to provide initial support for the elevated skin and then to gradually dissolve once healing is complete.
Your procedure will take about an hour for a single area, about two hours if Dr. Hernandez treats your brow, mid-face, and neck.
What happens after a Suture Suspension FaceLift?
In total, your recovery should take about 2 weeks. Initially you can expect some redness, bruising and swelling of the treated area, although discomfort should be minimal. You will stay home for 2 days – the day of your procedure and the following day, then you can resume most normal daily activities. For the first week, you will have to avoid strenuous activities. After just 2 days you will be able to wear makeup again.
There are also some special precautions you’ll need to take to protect your sutures and face for the first 3 weeks or so – our Eterna Cosmetic Surgery team will explain the details before you go home. Among other things, we advise that you keep facial movements to a minimum (no excessive talking, overly-animated expressions, etc., that you avoid rubbing or pressing on your face, and that you sleep on your back) for the first 6 weeks.
Get even better results
While the Suture Suspense FaceLift can produce noticeable results, it is also possible to combine the procedure with a variety of other non- or minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments. Popular options include Botox, dermal fillers, and Morpheus8. During your consultation with Dr. Hernandez, you can discuss your overall aesthetic goals and explore how some of these options can help you get the best possible results from your non-surgical facelift.
Why look older when you can look younger?
You don’t have to wait until your face is “ready” for a full surgical facelift! Today’s adults are taking advantage of options such as the Suture Suspension FaceLift to combat aging and give their face a pick-me-up that restores firmer, more youthful contours. A personal consultation with Dr. Hernandez can help you decide if this option is right for you.