Important Note: Dr. Riyaz Hassanali is the only doctor in Western New York certified in the Contour Thread procedure.
How do they work?Have you ever looked in the mirror and pulled up your cheeks or the skin above your eyebrows to a higher position and wished it would stay there? Now there is a simple new technique that makes it possible. Introducing a new era in minimally invasive rejuvenation techniques – ContourThreads™. The only non-absorbable barbed suture product cleared by the FDA for elevation and fixation of mid-face and brow. As the aging process begins, the connective tissue thins and collagen and elastic fibers break down. These changes in the support structures appear as sagging, deep creases, folds and wrinkles that can appear in your thirties. A procedure with patented Contour Threads™ is a safe, conservative and effective one that offers subtle, natural-looking results. These specially designed sutures are fashioned from clear polypropylene, a material that has been safely used in the body for many years in other medical products. By gently shifting sagging tissues in an upward direction, this technique allows the surgeon to produce a relaxed, fresh appearance while preserving and enhancing the natural contours of your face. This procedure does not replace a conventional facelift; rather it offers patients an innovative, minimally invasive approach. A consultation with a cosmetic surgeon who has been fully trained in this procedure is the first step. To ensure a high level of safety and accuracy, all physicians must complete a training course on the surgical technique before using Contour Threads™. In general, the best candidates for this procedure include both women and men in their thirties through their sixties who want a more youthful appearance, but do not want a conventional full facelift or brow-lift procedure. Possible indications may include:
- Moderate drooping of the soft tissues of the brow and face
- Poorly defined upper and mid face contours
How long does the procedure take?The procedure is quick and usually performed under local anesthesia, and if desired, light intravenous sedation. The actual length of time will depend on the number of threads used. A typical procedure usually takes about 60 minutes to perform.
What areas can be treated?Contour Threads™ are used for:
- Repositioning sagging cheeks
- Lifting sagging eyebrows
- Adjusting asymmetric brows & face