Have you noticed sagging in areas of your face but aren’t ready to consider a surgical face-lift? If so, a thread lift might be a fit for you and is among the services available from Dean Kane, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the practice of Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care in Columbia, Maryland. If you’d like to come in to sit down and discuss your treatment options in more detail, call the office or request an appointment online.
A thread lift is a nonsurgical medical aesthetic treatment that uses dissolvable sutures to lift and tighten your skin. Often called a “lunchtime face-lift,” a thread lift offers the chance to create noticeable improvements in sagging skin without the risks and recovery time that come with plastic surgery.
The process begins with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable as your practitioner uses a needle or cannula to place the threads in the area where you want the lifting. Some threads have a smooth finish, while others have tiny barbs to grasp and hold tissue.
Once the threads are in place, any excess suture material gets trimmed away, and the practitioner covers the area with a sterile dressing. While some mild bruising and swelling are possible, you can resume normal activities immediately after your visit. It’s helpful to avoid rubbing your face vigorously or sleeping on your side for a few weeks after your procedure.
A thread lift primarily lifts and tightens your facial tissues. This lifting effect is noticeable immediately after your procedure. One of the reasons why thread lifts are so popular is their ability to promote new collagen development.
Age-related collagen loss is the number one cause of sagging skin and visible aging. Thread lifts prompt your body to produce new collagen, creating a natural plumping and smoothing effect that lasts.
Some of the areas of the face where thread lifts get performed include:
During your consultation, your practitioner explains how a thread lift can help you meet your goals and guide you toward other options well-suited to your needs.
A thread lift can last 1-3 years. Over time, your body slowly dissolves and absorbs the threads, processing them through your lymphatic system like any other cellular debris. However, even after the threads are gone, your newly produced collagen still plumps and tightens your skin.
Many people combine a thread lift with dermal fillers or other treatments to create a youthful and well-rested appearance. Your practitioner can explain your treatment options in depth during your face-to-face consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.