What is a Thread Lift?
Have you looked in the mirror and felt that you don’t quite look like ‘yourself’ anymore? This a common sentiment among patients due to a multitude of factors such as time, gravity and good ol’ heredity. You’ve maybe even thought about surgery, but aren’t quite ready to go under the knife for a facelift. If this is the case, you might be interested to hear about a nonsurgical option that can deliver some of the benefits of a traditional facelift on a less-invasive scale. It’s called a thread lift, which is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive alternative to the traditional facelift that uses special suture threads to lift and tighten bothersome sagging skin on the neck and face. In this Smart Beauty Guide exclusive, ASAPS member and board-certified plastic surgeon, Andrew Lyos, MD reviews the thread lift and how it compares to the traditional facelift. Dr. Lyos notes that we’ve seen various forms of this procedure for several years and that it continues to evolve. A thread lift uses a material that is bio-absorbable and similar to the material that absorbable sutures are made of, allowing the body to absorb and replace them with collagen. The material is placed in a way that creates a lattice of collagen to help lift and tighten the skin. This procedure has very little downtime and a quick recovery compared to a facelift. Unlike the facelift however, threading does require some ongoing maintenance. It is important to be aware that this treatment will need to be repeated every few years in order to maintain maximum impact.