I was first introduced to the idea of the technique by Mr Paul Levick, a Plastic Surgeon colleague of mine who had used it for many years in retightening facelifts. I then came across a modification of the technique by Dr R Calambria, a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon who made use of the skin that is normally discarded to provide a stronger and more lasting effect.
I have since modified it myself by using a barbed suture(thread) which provides better tightening of the skin without the need for knots. This allows easier stitching, less puckering and fewer problems with the knots from traditional sutures.
This is a great procedure for patients concerned about downtime. It is performed under local anaesthesia, takes less than an hour to perform and patients can return back to work between 3 to 7 days. The scars are well hidden within the hairline and the risks of complications are minimal compared to a full facelift. The results are immediate but subtle and effective in lifting and tightening the skin along the cheeks and jawline.
Combined with anti- wrikle injections to lift and smoothen out lines and dermal fillers to replace volume loss, the one stitch facelift is even more dramatic in completing a true non surgical facelift.
Mrs CC Kat is a leading Midlands Consultant Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is a full member of both British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Aesthetic , Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) as well as several international aesthetic surgery associations. She worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust but now runs her private practice, CC Kat Aesthetics – Birmingham Laser, Skin and Cosmetic Clinic, full time. For more information, visit www.cckat.com or call 0121 456 7930