Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | October 7th, 2022
Facelifts are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. While a full facelift gives you results, some people don’t want to get it. Instead, they opt for less invasive treatments like the one-stitch facelift. In essence a one stitch facelift is a form of mini facelift. The MACS lift is also a form of mini facelift that has 2-3stitches.
But what exactly is this facelift? How does it differ from other types of facelifts? Is it performed under local anaesthesia?
In this article, I will talk about the one-stitch facelift, how much it costs, and how it differs from thread facelift surgery, full face lift, and temporal facelift.
A one-stitch facelift in the UK usually starts at £7,000. The exact cost depends on a lot of factors like location, the fees of the consultant plastic surgeon, and the type of facility. For instance, if you have the procedure in a private clinic with a nursing team, the fees are usually higher.
However, doing so in a private clinic is an investment that your future self will thank you for.
Other costs that you have to factor in include consultation fees, anaesthesia, facility fees, post-surgery medicine, and aftercare supplies.
How long the facelift procedure lasts depends on how old you are and how fast the tell tale signs of ageing show up.
However, the results of the procedure will last less than 5 years. You can also maintain the results by getting non surgical procedures like fillers from an expert surgeon like Dr. Julian De Silva.
A one-stitch facelift is a variation of a mid face lift procedure. As the name implies, it lifts up a sagging mid face. The treatment is usually performed under local anaesthesia.
The cosmetic surgeon in a private clinic makes a tiny incision just above the temporal hairline. Then, the surgeon removes a tiny sliver of muscle tissue and fat. Next, a stitch passes through the deep tissue within the cheek. Lastly, the skin is tightened and secured before the plastic surgeon closes the incision with dissolvable stitches.
This procedure can be done along with other treatments like jaw line enhancement, neck lift, and rhinoplasty.
Moreover, this facelift is less invasive than a full facelift. It offers long-lasting results with minimal downtime. There’s also little-to-no swelling or bruising. Many of my patients can also go back to work the next day.
In this section, I’ll explain the differences between the one-stitch facelift and temporal facelift surgery.
The one-stitch procedure is typically performed under local anaesthetic, not general anaesthetic.
The one-stitch procedure treats the lower half of the face.
This type of face lift moves up sagging jowls and cheeks into a better position.
Some plastic surgeons perform temporal facelifts under local anaesthetic and sedation.
The temporal face lift involves the upper half of the face.
The temporal face lift is a variant of the ponytail lift, the treatment is for mild facial ageing and minimal lose skin. The scars can be hidden in the hair and a 3-D camera called an endoscope can show and lift the face. It is not suitable if you have reasonable lose skin or marked changes in the jaw line or neck areas.
A one-stitch facelift effectively revitalises your visage by adjusting your tissues, excising surplus facial skin, and firming up the residual skin.
Here are the benefits of the said face lift:
You can quickly see the results after a one-stitch face lift.
Downtime is reduced, and my patients can go back to work 1-2weeks later.
Results last for several years with proper maintenance.
Since the one-stitch facelift involves a tiny incision, it produces little or zero scars. Should it produce little scars, wound healing is quick.
Bruising and swelling are common side effects of a full facelift. However, with the one-stitch facelift, bruising and swelling are minimal.
A temporal facelift is a variation of a mini facelift. It involves incisions on the hairline by the temples. It also may involve an incision down in front of your ear by the crease. Plastic surgeons then move the side diagonally up and away from the centre of the face. It basically works like the upper half of a facelift.
Ideal patients for this treatment are those in their forties to sixties. However, temporal facelifts can be performed on people in their seventies or eighties for a more lifted appearance. As long as the person is healthy and the problem area includes the upper face, a temporal facelift can be done.
Here are the benefits of a temporal facelift:
A temporal facelift procedure gives a vibrant and aesthetically appealing rejuvenation.
This procedure lifts the lateral brows and the rest of the upper face.
Just like a one-stitch mini facelift, this treatment has minimal downtime.
Limited incisions also give way to easier recovery with little risk of issues such as visible scarring or hair loss.
A temporal mini facelift can be combined with eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the area around the eyes more.
The one-stitch mini facelift is a less invasive technique tailored for those who are witnessing facial changes but aren’t ready or don’t require a full-scale facelift. Performed under local anaesthesia, it reduces the typical surgical risks.
Furthermore, the outcome tends to be more understated compared to a deep plane facelift. A one-stitch facelift takes about 90minutes.
Pairing the one-stitch mini facelift with Botox, which addresses wrinkles and lines on the upper face, and dermal fillers, which counteract mid-face volume loss, can create a notably rejuvenated appearance. Together, these treatments offer a potent alternative close to a non-surgical facelift.
Conversely, a thread lift adopts a distinct approach. This method utilises slender, soluble sutures placed just under the skin. Subsequently, these sutures are tightened, giving the skin a lifted appearance.
Tiny, imperceptible barbs on the sutures ensure they cling to the tissue beneath when tightened.
Introducing these barbed threads to the skin activates the body’s natural healing mechanism. This encourages the production of collagen in the specified region. The resultant collagen helps rejuvenate the skin’s lax areas, resulting in a younger-looking and taut look.
One-stitch facelifts are individualized procedures that involve small incisions. The final result has many advantages, but you need to work with an expert consultant plastic surgeon to achieve your goals.
During your first consultation, I, Dr. Julian De Silva, will assess your face, including the skin and underlying tissues. I will also take a look at the pattern of facial ageing and discuss your expectations from the surgery.
I will also check for medical conditions that could cause problems during or after cosmetic surgery. These include blood clotting problems, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and the tendency to develop excessive scars.
If you’re looking for a cosmetic doctor who will take care of you, book a consultation with Dr. Julian De Silva now! As an alternative, you may visit my private clinic at Harley Street, London.