Outcomes in thread lift for face, neck, and nose; A prospective chart review study with APTOS
To evaluate the surgical efficacy and outcomes related to midface, mandible, neck (and double chin), and nose lifting with APTOS thread lift.
In this prospective review chart study, a total of 58 patients were included (from July 2018 to July 2019). All participants underwent facial thread lifting using APTOS. The patients were followed up first week, third, and sixth month after lifting surgery. Outcomes were assessed by two surgeons and patients based on the GAIS score. All data were analyzed by SPSS‐17 software with chi‐square test.
A total of 58 patients (Mean ± SD: 52.52 ± 10.58) (F: 45, Mean ± SD:53.13 ± 11.27 years, M:13, Mean ± SD: 50.38 ± 9.43 years) were included in the study. The most common sites for the face‐lifting surgery were midface and mandibular (N = 45, 77.5%), neck (N = 10, 17.3%), and nose (N = 3, 5.2%), respectively. The level of satisfaction remained unchanged (after 6 months), about 80%, for the patients, increased from 90.7% (first week) to 94.8% (sixth month) after surgery, and increased from 93.1% (first week) to 94.8% (sixth month after surgery). The highest rate of potential complications after the surgery was related to ecchymosis (17 cases, 30%), followed by complications of pain (N = 10, 17.2%), tumefaction (N = 4, 6.9%), and dimple (N = 1, 1.7%) were reported.
The results showed that satisfaction in patients and surgeons increased over time (after 6 months). Postoperative (minor) complications were also assessed and ecchymosis was found to be the most common complication. However, the proportion of postoperative complications was relatively low.