Tightening and lifting sagging skin used to be restricted to invasive procedures like facelift surgery. Thankfully, modern advancements in cosmetic medicine have resulted in more options than ever before for targeting skin laxity, including minimally invasive thread lifts. Dr. Lisa Gulcher proudly offers Silhouette InstaLift™ thread lifts to her patients at Time 4 U Med Spa. If the appearance of jowls or sagging in your cheeks or jawline have resulted in an unwanted aged appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gulcher today to learn how a thread lift can nonsurgically restore your youthfully tight skin.

What Is a Thread Lift?

A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that places dissolvable sutures beneath the surface of the skin to lift and support facial tissue. The threads used during the procedure are gradually dissolved by the body over the course of several months, leaving tightened, rejuvenated skin behind. In addition to lifting sagging skin, thread lifts also increase collagen production for results that improve over time. By stimulating the body’s automatic wound response without actually inducing injury, a thread lift can take advantage of natural mechanisms to help skin look and feel younger.

At Time 4 U Med Spa, Dr. Gulcher uses Silhouette InstaLift threads during her procedures due to their increased effectiveness at lifting and suspending loose skin. InstaLift threads are specially designed with small bi-directional cones that hook and grab loose skin, producing better results than similar products.

What Can a Thread Lift Treat?

Thread lifts are commonly used to target mild to moderate amounts of skin laxity. Specifically, thread lifts are FDA-approved for reducing loose skin in the mid-face. Jowls, sagging cheeks and a loss of jawline definition are all popular reasons patients choose to undergo a thread lift.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Thread Lift?

Good candidates for a thread lift are patients who are unwilling or unable to undergo facelift surgery and are interested in a nonsurgical alternative for addressing sagging skin. Patients should have a mild to moderate amount of skin laxity. A thread lift may not produce satisfying results for patients with an excessive amount of loose skin, although it can provide a viable alternative for patients who cannot undergo surgery but would still like some degree of long-lasting facial rejuvenation. Ideal candidates have good skin elasticity and realistic expectations about their results. Dr. Gulcher can determine if a thread lift is right for your needs following an in-person evaluation.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

Unlike facelifts, thread lifts are completed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. At the start of treatment, Dr. Gulcher will map out the treatment area to ensure symmetrical and satisfying results. She will then administer lidocaine to the targeted areas to provide a comfortable and painless procedure. Once the patient has been numbed, Dr. Gulcher will begin threading the dissolvable InstaLift sutures beneath the surface of the skin using a thin needle. Dr. Gulcher will then gently massage the skin to lock the threads in place.

Most thread lift procedures are completed in only 30 to 45 minutes.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of a Thread Lift?

As a minimally invasive procedure, thread lifts produce few side effects. Patients may experience mild amounts of bruising, swelling and tenderness that can last up to one week. Makeup can be applied in 24 hours to cover up any visible side effects.

Do Thread Lifts Require Any Downtime?

Following a thread lift, patients are free to return to most normal activities. Visible side effects may be prominent for a few days, and some patients may wish to stay home while their face heals. Patients will need to avoid rubbing their face to prevent displacement of the sutures. Patients should sleep with an elevated head for up to one week to avoid placing direct pressure on their face. Chewing gum and foods that require vigorous chewing should also be avoided for the first week or so of recovery.

Patients are free to return to work and resume their daily schedules the very next day. With minimal lifestyle adjustments and no required downtime, thread lifts allow for effective treatment without the common pitfalls of comparable procedures.

What Kind of Results Can Be Expected?

The mid-face and jawline will immediately appear tighter and more youthful following a thread lift procedure. Swelling and bruising may temporarily affect new facial contours, however. The skin lifting effect will produce quick and noticeable results, while the increased collagen production will continue to improve the results for up to six months. Tighter, firmer skin will be left behind once the body harmlessly absorbs the biodegradable threads.

How Long Do Results Last?

Thread lifts produce longer lasting results than most other nonsurgical treatment methods. Most patients enjoy their results for about 18 months, although some patients have reported that their improved contours last up to three years. The thread lift procedure can be repeated as often as is necessary, allowing patients to love the way they look well into the future.

Firmer, Tighter Skin at Time 4 U Med Spa

At Time 4 U Med Spa, we want to help you age with confidence. With nonsurgical thread lift procedures, board-certified Dr. Gulcher can target and reduce your unwanted skin laxity without resorting to surgery. If you are interested in a minimally invasive skin tightening procedure with little to no downtime, call Time 4 U Med Spa today and schedule your thread lift consultation.

*The information about thread lift was reviewed by Dr. Lisa Gulcher. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.