The "featherlift" is a non-surgical technique that gives a lift to the sagging tissues of the face using threads. It has been widely popular in Europe and South America, and rapidly gaining attention in the United States. The featherlift procedure offers quick and relatively painless lifting for patients needing only slight lifting. The featherlift is also known as the APTOS lift, the APTOS thread lift and suture suspension facelift.
APTOS thread used for feather lift
The threads used in this procedure are called APTOS threads. These fine threads have small barbs or "cogs" along the length of the thread, much like barbs on a fishhook. These cogs provide lift and contour by forming a support structure for the facial tissue. A full face featherlift would require 18 threads, usually 2 for each brow, 3 for each cheek, 2 for each jaw line and 2 for each side of the neck, although not everyone may need a full lifting procedure. The threads are introduced with a fine needle so the puncture sites heal very quickly, usually without any marks.
Who is a good candidate for Aptos Threads?
The best candidate for the featherlift technique is someone with early facial aging, with mild to moderate loosening or sagging of the facial skin. Typically, four facial areas can be addressed, individually or together - the brow, the cheeks, the jowls, and the neck. Individuals with more severe aging changes and sagging could also be candidates as long as their expectations are realistic. Traditional face lifting techniques are still the "gold standard" for achieving the best possible result, and it will be up to the patient and the surgeon to decide on the best approach. The main advantages of the featherlift are that there is typically less downtime than with traditional facelift techniques, there are no incisions, and the procedure is quick and requires only local anesthesia. The featherlift may be combined with other surgical or non-surgical techniques, including chin and neck liposuction, eyelid surgery, cheek lift, lip augmentation, or facial fat.
How is the procedure performed?
Most featherlift procedures are performed under local anesthesia (numbing of the skin), however, it is also possible to use IV sedation anesthesia, especially if other procedures are being performed at the same time. The APTOS threads are carefully inserted under the skin using a needle. The placement of the threads depends on the area needing to be lifted. As few as three threads will noticeably lift the cheeks, and two threads will pull back the jowls. The neck and upper brow can also be treated using the featherlift technique. The effect of the treatment will continue to improve over several months as the collagen in the skin collects around the newly placed threads.
What is the recovery like?
After the featherlift there will be some swelling and there is always a chance of bruising. It is important to avoid excessive facial movement, rubbing, or massaging of the treated areas for the first 2-3 weeks.
Post-operative care instructions [11kb PDF]
I am interested! What do I do next?
Dr. Naficy is proud to be the first surgeon in the Seattle area offering this minimally invasive procedure. If you are considering this procedure we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naficy in our office. During this visit he will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. He will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the potential risks of the featherlift procedure.
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