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Abdomen Thread Lift

Dissolvable threads have been used to combat crepey abdominal skin for decades. However, recent technological advances in esthetic skin tightening threads has vastly improved the observed results, especially in areas like the abdomen. Tiny, dissolvable suture threads are introduced to a superficial layer of the dermis, and pulled tight using an advanced technique. The threads grab onto the surrounding soft tissues and help manifest an improved look with tighter, more youthful looking skin. There’s no downtime, mild discomfort, and lasting results (several months). And the procedure can be complemented with other procedures, like microneedling, radiofrequency, laser resurfacing and ultrasound technologies, that can all enhance the final result. This procedure is perfect for patients who have crepiness around the belly button, and/or post-pregnancy wrinkles. Read the FAQs below for more information on non-surgical tummy tightening with threads.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of a tummy thread lift?

The abdomen thread lift is a procedure aimed at addressing aging, saging, wrinkled crepiness of the upper and lower abdominal skin, especially around the belly button. This wrinkled belly appearance is commonly seen post-pregnancies, after appreciable weight loss and of course with natural aging.

Who's a Good Candidate for abdominal thread lifting?

Those who desire a tighter skin of their tummy, to improve skin texture clarity and eliminate skin crepiness. However, patients with large flaps of fatty skin or advanced sagginess are probably not good candidates for a thread lift and should consider a surgical approach.

What type of threads are used?

Most commonly we use PDO (polydioxanone) or PLLA (Poly L- Lactic Acid, aka PCL) threads. These threads are all dissolvable and biodegradable and consist of natural materials that are slowly absorbed by the body over time (usually several months). Studies show that these threads stimulate the creation of collagen and elastin, which helps firm the surrounding skin. made out of natural materials that are slowly absorbed by the body while it has the ability to generate collagen and elastin into the deep layers of the skin and the underneath the layers of the skin.

Are the threads safe?

Yes, these threads are commonly used in vascular surgery and have been for decades. This long history of usage has established their viability and safety in the medical community.

How is the abdominal thread lift procedure done?

The treated area is first sterilized using a cleaning agent, and then immediately treated with a local anesthetic, which will numb the area and ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure. Multiple threads are then introduced to the treated area using tiny needles in a criss-cross, hashtag pattern. Both the upper and lower abdominal areas are usually treated, with the intention to provide support and balance between the areas. The exact placement and number of threads used will vary by patient, depending on severity of the sagging and the patient goals. In the weeks following the procedure, the body’s natural response to the threads will include the stimulation of new collagen and elastin, which helps promote tightening and firmness of the skin and helps support the newly elevated position of the skin.

What type of anesthetic is used?

Usually a topical cream or local lidocaine are concentrated at the needle entry sites, and this is enough to disguise the discomfort that can be experienced. Most patients report no discomfort during the procedure.

How much downtime can be expected after the procedure?

None, since the procedure is done using a local anesthetic. Patients may resume normal activities and most go to work the next day (or even later that same day). But care consideration must be made to not excessively touch the treated area with contaminated hands. Additionally, submerging the treated area in water cannot happen until the entry sites are fully healed.

Are there any side effects?

Since there are no incisions or stitches, the healing process is relatively quick, with minimal transient bruising, numbness, swelling and pain. Most of these minor side effects subside within a few days. Rare side effects include thread extrusion, infection and/or hematoma. That said, patients must thoughtfully conform with their provider’s post-procedure instructions in an effort to avoid these side effects.

What are the alternative, non-surgical treatments to sagging, loose, crepiness of tummy skin and can these treatments be used in conjunction with the tummy thread lift to enhance the results?

  • Radiofrequency treatments, like ThermiRF and BodyTite
  • Unipolar radiofrequency, like ThermiSmooth
  • MIcroneedling with radiofrequency energy hybrid treatments, like such SecretRF and Genius
  • Ultherapy, which uses the science of focused, multi-depth ultrasound waves, which uses coagulation to lift and tighten the subdermal layer of the skin.
  • And, yes, any or all of these treatments can and will help enhance normal results of the tummy thread lift.

Do men get thread lifts, too?

Yes, men also do abdominal thread lifting. And it’s not just men who have loose sagging abdomen due to weight-loss but also men who want muscular definition of the abdomen and body-sculpting. Granted this is not liposculpture, but a thread lift will assist a man in firming up the loose abdominal skin.

What does a tummy thread lift cost?

Expect the procedure to start around $2500, with no hidden fees or costs. Financing is available, including a 6-month, deferred interest plan.

Is the idea of thread lifting abdomen new?

Various forms of thread-lift have been used to treat various parts of the body for decades, but it has become a popular treatment for the body. Even though many of us don’t expose our stomach often enough to actually see the need to improve its appearance, but, just like a facelift, a thread-lift can be used to immediately restore a sagging, chest, stomach, breasts, thighs and buttocks to its original form.

Is it a once-off treatment or does it need to be repeated?

For younger people, one thread lift may solve the problem. For some, the results may last for a few years, depending on the person’s age and genetics and the elasticity of his or her skin. In some individuals, after a few years the process will need to be repeated. With age and over time, the elasticity and firmness of the tissue will gradually diminish and the thread lifting procedure may need to be repeated.

Will there be a problem getting pregnant after thread lifting the abdomen?

This procedure doesn’t affect your body’s health, metabolism, natural hormones, nor your reproductive system, so we do not see any future health problems, including pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Do you need to take medications before or after?

Yes sometimes we prescribe antibiotics for a day or two after the treatment

Do you need to lose weight before?

No, but of course for best results you should always strive towards your ideal weight before and after the procedure. Some use this procedure as a gateway to keeping weight off.

How long are the treatments?

From start to finish, including prep, anesthetic, treatment and post-procedure tending, about an hour.

Are there skin care afterwards?

Your provider may provide a special, medical grade antibiotic body wash to use for a few days post-procedure. In the the long term, we recommend our Therapeutic Firming Body Lotion to moisturize the area and keep the skin feeling smooth. Check out this product and more on our online shop.

Are maintenance threading treatments required?

Depending on the individual and the degree of skin crepiness, we may suggest a second or third session for optimal results.

Are the results of abdomen thread lifting permanent?

Even though the threads are absorbed slowly over time collagen and elastin production may extend the results out by several months, perhaps well into year two.

How do I get started? What’s the first step?

The first step is setting up a consultation with a patient coordinator and one of our highly trained providers. We’re currently waiving our consultation fee, so now is a great time to visit.

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