Skin tightening – who doesn't want it everywhere? Thread lifts are a minimally invasive way to create a true targeted lift in the in the mid face, jowl, or brow area – or lift a downturned mouth – without undergoing the risks of a facelift. Often used in combination with other skin tightening procedures, we now have multiple ways to reestablish a youthful facial shape and target any area of aging.
During the 45-minute, in-office procedure, we use specially designed sutures with bidirectional cones to reposition and elevate the skin on your face for a more youthful and contoured appearance. Results are visible immediately, with continued improvement over time. The sutures will naturally be absorbed by your body while simultaneously stimulating collagen.
Instalift and Novathreads are two different brands of absorbable sutures/threads that are used separately or together for anti-aging. Instalift is recommended for the aging face that needs lifting along the jawline and lower face.
Novathreads are lighter and thinner than Instalift sutures, and therefore more versatile. There are three types of Novathreads (aka PDO threads). The first type is rough, textured and lifts skin in the upper face, the lower face, the neckline, the brows, and body. The second type of Novathread is looped and is excellent for defining lips and for smoothing nasolabial folds. The third type of Novathread is smooth and is used to stimulate collagen (i.e. stubborn crow’s feet, multiple lines along the cheeks, under the chin, body).
During a consultation, we will decide how many and what type of threads to utilize.
After prepping and cleansing the skin, lidocaine is injected or topically applied to numb the insertion points of the sutures.
The sutures are placed and then used to reposition and lift the skin to a more youthful position or are left alone to stimulate collagen and define lips. You may feel some tugging of the skin as the sutures are placed but discomfort is minimal.
Anyone noticing mild to moderate sagging skin in the mid face, lower face, neck, or brow area. Novathreads and Instalift are recommended to provide immediate lift, stimulate collagen, and regenerate aging skin.
After the procedure you may experience swelling and bruising. Sometimes, a slight depression or skin irregularity may appear at the insertion points. These typically disappear a few days after treatment.
• You may apply cold packs to the area immediately after your procedure.
• Acetaminophen may be taken in case of soreness (2-3 days).
• Makeup may be gently applied post-procedure.
• Try to sleep face-up for 3-5 nights.
• Do not rub face aggressively when washing, shaving, or drying face for 5 days – be gentle.
• Avoid excessive neck and facial movements and dental appointments for 2 weeks.
• Avoid facials or face-down massages for 4 weeks.
• For best results, avoid directly applied heat, Venus, Thermi, and Ultherapy for 4 weeks.