What is a Thread Lift?

Two chins are better than one? Never! Nobody wants a slack turkey chin or droopy cheeks. Age might breed wisdom, but the fight against gravity is real for everyone. Thankfully, a quick “lunchtime” lift may be all you need to stay youthful!


What is a Thread Lift?

Unlike a facelift, a thread lift is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure where sutures are placed beneath the skin to create a visible lift. Downtime is minimal and the best part? It relies on your body’s own healing mechanism to improve facial tone. Although threads are absorbed by your body during the first 6 months, collagen production is triggered at treated sites for up to a year. This results in a more voluminous and firm facial skin tone especially around the jowls and lower face.


Is a Thread Lift Right for Me?

If you are in your 40s and are just beginning to see mild signs of aging, a thread lift might just be your perfect solution. Seattle’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Naficy, says that the procedure ideal for those with lax but not severely sagging skin. For more visibly lasting effects, he usually incorporates a collagen booster and a filler to enhance facial tone volume.


What Should I Expect?

Needles are not fun, and medical procedures can feel like a terrifying experience. Up for a thread lift? Let us talk you through it.


The Procedure

Your surgeon will strategically mark your skin and inject local anesthesia into the area. A needle-attached thread is inserted superficially under the skin and pulled taut to create a lift in the tissue. Depending on your needs, threads of up to 20 or more can be placed. It usually takes less than an hour and you should feel comfortable enough to drive home when it’s done.


The First Week

It’s normal to see bunched up or dimpled skin at the initial stage. You’ll experience soreness and bruising but strong pain medication is rarely needed. Avoid rubbing, tugging, or making big facial expressions for a quick recovery. You shouldn’t see threads but your doctor might tell you to anticipate some feeling of resistance during movement.


Beyond Week One

The real results will surface in a month, maximize within three, and last up to a year. Here’s a fun fact to sweeten things: A thread lift is also called a “sugar lift” because the threads are made from a polysaccharide. But if you’re still having concerns, remember that a smile is a facelift everyone can afford!

If you have any questions, please contact us.