What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedure that passes threads beneath the surface of your skin to lift the tissue. The threads may have tiny barbs or cones that help grip the skin. When appropriately positioned, they give your face a more lifted, toned appearance, especially around the lower face and jowls. As the threads are absorbed over the first six months, they also trigger a boost in your natural collagen production that can improve your skin’s firmness for up to a year.
What can a thread lift treat?
Thread lifts are ideal for treating:
Fine lines, wrinkles, loose, sagging skin, crepey skin, acne scars, textural issues, cellulite, glabellar frown lines, radial lip lines, crow’s feet, double chin, vermillion border, marionette lines, and more.
Who is a good candidate for a thread lift?
- Age demographic: 30-65
- Ideally no prior plastic surgery of the area being treated
- No injections of botulinum toxin or dermal fillers within two weeks
- Mild to moderate flat and ptotic cheeks that have fallen creating nasolabial folds
- Mild to moderate jowling/ descent of the lower third of the face
- Mild neck cutaneous bands
- Crepey skin of the area of the face or body being treated
- Preferably, individuals have previously had esthetic injectables
What should I expect during treatment?
The whole thread lift procedure usually takes about an hour. Your provider will start by marking on your skin where the threads will go. Then they’ll inject those areas with local anesthetic.
Once you’re numb, your doctor will insert a long needle, or cannula, with the thread attached to it, into your skin and pass it under the skin’s surface. The thread is then pulled taut in order to create tension and lift the tissue. This process is repeated until all the threads—anywhere from just a few to more than 20—are placed.
What are the potential side effects of a thread lift?
While it’s unlikely, there is a small chance that the threads can be seen underneath the skin’s surface if you have very thin skin.
Do thread lifts require any downtime?
Thread lifts are a quick procedure, with little to no downtime. There are some clients who experience slight discomfort afterwards including mild bruising and swelling for 3-7 days.
What kind of results can be expected?
You will see an immediate lifting and firming result, with better results 1-2 weeks afterward once the swelling and bruising has resolved. Collagen production will also be amplified resulting in smoother skin.
How long do results last?
Thread lifts generally last between 12 and 18 months. However, this is dependent upon the individual patient and their age, lifestyle, skin type and how quickly their body breaks down the sutures. The procedure itself delivers immediate results.