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'Quick' facelift criticised

16th March 2006

Plastic surgeons have criticised Transform Medical Group, a company for offering a "quickie facelift". The operation takes around 90 minutes, and uses threading inserted under the skin to pull it upwards.  It costs £3,000.

Leading plastic surgeons said the procedure was not long-lasting,and was inferior to standard facelifts, but the company claims it offers a "quick-fix" for professional women feeling the pressure to look young.

Patients are given a local anaesthetic, and a large needle with a barbed thread is inserted under the skin and pulled across the area being worked on, they do not need to have any incisions made in their skin. Patients can be back at work within two days.

In the contour threading - or 'featherlifting' - the barbs, which are made of clear polypropylene - a plastic, attach themselves to the fleshy areas of the face, and the thread pulls them tighter. Transform says that, over the next two weeks, collagen forms around the barbs, providing more support for the area. The company say its effects last for up to five years.

But Adrian Richards, a consultant plastic surgeon and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said the threading procedure was "painful" and "uncomfortable", and that the results aren't long lasting as the tissue eventually relaxes.

Transform Medical Group said that it agreed that the use of contour threads is not indicated to replace a facelift, and that it would be of concern if patients were told the procedure carried long term benefits.


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Title: 'Quick' facelift criticised
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 137
Date Added: 16th Mar 2006

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