Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Just Popping out for a Nip and Tuck; Facelifts That Take Only an Hour Are the Latest Craze, but Experts Say Results Are Unproven

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Just Popping out for a Nip and Tuck; Facelifts That Take Only an Hour Are the Latest Craze, but Experts Say Results Are Unproven

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Byline: REBECCA SMITH

WOMEN are having " quickie" facelifts in the latest cosmetic surgery craze.

The Evening Standard has been given rare access to two of the first patients in this country to undergo the controversial procedure of contour threading.

Doctors claim the mini-facelift, which uses threads to pull the skin upwards, is faster and less invasive than conventional surgery and cuts recovery time.

After the procedure, which takes between 40 and 90 minutes, patients can go home and return to work within two days. But it was immediately criticised by leading surgeons who say it is a waste of money, gives short-lived results and is unproven.

Leading facelift surgeon Norman Waterhouse has already had to remove the threads from two patients after complications, and said it was a scandal it was being marketed as a facelift.

He said: "The idea that you can get a long-lasting, half-reasonable result by placing the equivalent of fishing line with a few hooks in the face is risible. Regrettably, smart advertising will result in this procedure being offered by doctors with little training in facial surgery, to patients for a lot of money, with no real benefit."

He said evidence suggests the treatment's effects may last for only three months.

Mr Waterhouse, head of the craniofacial unit at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said: "I have witnessed unevenness, lumpiness and infections in faces as a result of this operation. The serious plastic surgery community remains very sceptical about the long-term benefit of this procedure."

But private cosmetic surgery company Transform said it had already received hundreds of enquiries and is training its surgeons in the technique.

Mary Burney, director of clinical services at Transform, said: " Contour threading is proving to be extremely popular as women - and men - realise there is now an easy and quick option that still gives dramatic results. A contour threadlift does not replace a conventional facelift - it offers patients an innovative, minimallyinvasive approach which achieves similar results. …

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