What is the average cost for a one stitch facelift?

I am very, very interested in the one stitch facelift procedure. I would definitely like to have more information on the procedure itself but before I can seriously consider having it done, I need to have an idea of how much it costs and whether or not there are payment plans available to patients.

ashersir

M, 50, Vermont

The One Stitch Facelift is a marketing name for the facelift procedure more commonly known as a “thread lift”. The purpose of the thread lift is facial rejuvenation around the jowls and jawline using a barbed stitch behind each ear. The procedure does not use the more invasive methods of traditional facelifts so no general anaesthetic is necessary.

 

A One Stitch Facelift involves the use of a barbed suture which is threaded beneath the skin towards the naso-labial folds and marionette lines, then sutured to the temporal area behind the hairline.

A permanent suture is used and results are immediate with minimal down-time. Patients enjoy a more youthful look without any obvious signs that they have undergone surgery. The one stitch lift is sometimes combined with Botox or dermal fillers for more impressive results.

That said, while the procedure is quick, safe, and effective in the short-term, it has significant downsides. One disadvantage is that the results rarely last more than a few years. The threads sometimes become loose and the tension relaxes, meaning the skin slips back into its old position.

Another issue is that the “lift” relies on barbed stitches to hold it in place under the skin, and as a result, asymmetric results can sometimes occur with one side being pulled more than the other.

As a result, the One Stitch Facelift has fallen out of favor with many plastic surgeons because there is little long-lasting benefit for significant expense. Most surgeons instead recommend that patients invest in facelifting procedures that will tighten and lift underlying layers of skin (like the SMAS layer), remove excess skin, and restore volume, therefore guaranteeing more effective long-lasting results.

The cost of this procedure varies between $3,000 and $5,000. Nowadays, many plastic surgeons offer clients payment plans which allow them to pay back the cost of their surgery in manageable instalments at a competitive or low interest rate.

Set up a consultation with a board-certified surgeon who can provide you with sound advice regarding the most suitable facial treatment options to achieve your goals, as well as the financing options available.

The One Stitch Facelift is a safe, minimally invasive facelift procedure. Its objective is to provide a smooth visage and taut skin with a shorter healing time than traditional forms of facelift surgery. The patient is only required to undergo a local anaesthetic for small incisions made at the hairline.

Stitches, also known as sutures, are threaded and anchored as necessary to lift the skin up and smooth the lower face. Swelling and bruising is minimal, with recovery time averaging four days. Many patients are able to return to work and normal activities the next day. Results can last from one year to four years.

 

Unfortunately, the procedure does not have the longevity of more traditional facelifts and is more appropriate for patients looking to temporarily address mild signs of facial ageing. It has also fallen into disrepute among some surgeons in recent years because it doesn’t offer the same level of rejuvenation as a traditional facelift, and in some cases has caused asymmetry in the face.

The cost of a One Stitch Facelift can vary depending on the work required to produce the desired results, the surgeon’s fees, local anaesthesia, surgical facility fees and any aftercare that may be required.

To gain an accurate idea of how much you can expect to pay, you need to schedule a consultation with a surgeon who can examine your unique facial anatomy, discuss your goals, and then provide you with a quote.

Most plastic surgery clinics have payment plans in place to enable you to undergo surgery if you are concerned about the cost of financing a procedure. Some clinics even boast their own financing schemes and/or offer interest free loans. It’s always a good idea to carry out some research into two or more clinics to familiarize yourself with the options they offer and how they can help make your facelift goals become reality.