A facelift surgery was the tried-and-true way to improve jowls, drooping cheeks and other problems caused by skin laxity in the face. Now, a new procedure called thread lift is helping patients achieve the lifted look without having to undergo major surgery. Read on to learn more about this revolutionary treatment option.
What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that lifts and contours loosened skin on the face, neck and jawline. It’s also safe and effective on the abdomen, arms, buttocks, breasts, knees and other areas of the body. Sutures used to lift the skin are made from biodegradable, absorbable material called polydioxanone (PDO). The threads provoke collagen production, which will mean continued improvements will be seen even after the treatment area is lifted.
What are the benefits?
A thread lift rejuvenates and makes the skin look more firm and rested. It more clearly defines the facial contour and achieves a youthful look without scarring and the need for general anesthesia. It also can minimize the appearance of acne scars. Patients will find that it’s a quick, effective solution for a multitude of aging problems.
How long does treatment take?
This procedure usually takes 30-40 minutes but could take longer, depending on the number of threads that will be inserted.
How soon will I see results?
The great thing about a thread lift is immediate results. You will have minor swelling initially, but after it subsides within a few days, the results will become even more apparent. While you will continue to age, the lifting and firming effects of a thread lift can last 2-3 years.
Who are good candidates for this treatment?
Ideal candidates for a thread lift are in good overall health and have moderate signs of aging, including sagging checks, brows and jowls. They have good skin elasticity and firmness. It’s important to have realistic expectation of this non-surgical treatment.