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Sept/Oct 2018

A Decade of Thread-Lifting—What Have We Learned Over the Last 10 Years?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists, Latham, New York
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2018;20(5):349-350. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.0737

Approximately 13 years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Contour Threadlift System (Surgical Specialties Corp) as a minimally invasive means of facial rejuvenation. It was advertised as a safe and effective way to achieve facial rejuvenation without the incisions and subsequent recovery time of a traditional rhytidectomy. Although the Contour Threadlift System subsequently lost its FDA approval, various barbed sutures became available and continued to be popularized as nonsurgical alternatives to face-lifts. The thread-lift was widely offered by otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and other nonsurgical specialists and was specifically sought out by patients. But did thread-lifting offer long-lasting aesthetic results?