The thread lift or feather lift is a less invasive surgical option, which is often used for people who seek minor improvements to treat sagging or laxity in the eye, forehead, and nasolabial fold areas. The lift can be performed under local anesthesia, where the surgeon uses a barb suture technique. The threads that hold the skin in place will not be reabsorbed or be dissolved and remain in place. The thread plus the barbs are the only things keeping the lift in effect, as no skin is cut away.