Thread Facelift in Beverly Hills, CA
What is the Thread Facelift?
How Does Thread Lift Work?
Dr. Charles S. Lee will perform your thread lift procedure at our plastic surgery facility in Beverly Hills.
First, patients receive complimentary local anesthesia. Once the area to be treated is comfortably numbed, Dr. Lee inserts threads into the targeted areas. Gently pulling these FDA-approved dissolvable suture threads, he carefully lifts sagging skin and tissue. Dr. Lee will repeat the process several times to create the desired shape and lift. Patients are usually able to resume normal activities soon afterwards. While they may experience some bruising or swelling immediately after the procedure, these slight discomforts should subside within 3-5 days. Results can last up to 12 months depending on the type of thread used.
What Concerns Can Thread Lift Treat?
Thread lifting can treat sagging skin and tissue on the neck and face. Using innovative, bi-directional suture threads to lift delicate skin and tissue, thread lift can address a number of problems: mid- and lower-face drooping, loss of facial volume or structure, deepening fold lines between the nose and mouth, jowls, and loose skin or excess fat in the neck.
How Does Thread Lift Differ From A Facelift?
Both thread lift and facelifts are designed to lift and tighten the face and neck, but the procedures differ in a few key ways. Thread lift is non-surgical and requires only local anesthesia and tiny incisions so that the patient has a speedy recovery and experiences little downtime. A facelift is a surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia and incisions. A facelift patient risks possible scarring and can expect downtime of at least a week.
Thread lift achieves immediate results, which can last up to 12 months after treatment. The results of facelifts are permanent.
Can I Have Thread Lift Again Later?
Thread lift is a non-invasive procedure that is perfectly safe to repeat. Many patients choose to visit Enhance® Medical Center once per year to maintain their results. They have seen firsthand how effective it is at minimizing signs of aging and wish to continue reaping the benefits. Patients who want a longer lasting or more impactful solution may eventually seek facelift surgery instead. Having a thread lift does not impede a patient from having a facelift later down the road.
What Happens to the Thread Used in Thread Lift?
The thread used to lift your facial skin does not need to be removed, thus allowing you to avoid a follow-up appointment. It is a medical-grade product (the same used in many non-cosmetic surgeries) that slowly dissolves over the ensuing six to nine months. As it dissolves, it helps to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, in turn helping to further smooth and tighten the texture of the skin. Fortunately, the lifting effect should remain visible for months after the thread has completely dissolved.
Will the Threads Be Visible Beneath My Skin?
Thankfully, no, your friends will not be able to notice that you have a thread in your skin. If you touch your skin at the treatment area, it may be possible to feel the thread with your own finger before it dissolves, but otherwise you should quickly forget that the thread is there altogether.
How Can I Extend My Thread Lift Results?
Good skin care habits can help to slow the rate at which signs of aging reappear on your face. To maintain a youthful glow, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and wear sunscreen with a high SPF anytime you are outdoors in the sun. Smoking and vaping can also prematurely age the face.
Does a Thread Lift Look Natural?
Thread lift is a great treatment for patients looking for a more subtle approach to tackling signs of aging. Because the results improve gradually over a couple months, your loved ones and colleagues will probably have no idea that you have had any work done. More likely, friends will attribute your younger appearance to you getting more sleep or taking great care of your skin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Thread Lift?
Although thread lift is a less invasive procedure, the ideal candidate is in good overall health with healthy (non-irritated or sunburned) skin. Most patients who seek thread lift are in their 40s and 50s because that is when mild signs of aging start to affect the appearance of the face. Depending on genetics and one’s skin care routine, this timeline may differ from patient to patient. It is also important that patients set realistic expectations: surgery is a better choice for patients who want to dramatically rejuvenate the face.
What Is Recovery from Thread Lift Like?
While your skin may be red and sore after thread lift, this should not be significant enough to prevent you from returning to work or participate in other everyday activities such as driving as soon as the treatment is finished. Lingering discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.