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Face Thread Lift

Do you look in the mirror and push up your facial skin in the mirror? Be honest. We’ve all done it. At some point, we all wish our facial skin was lifted nice and tight. That loose, sagging skin annoys us all at some point, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be facial skin. What about the abdomen? The skin above our knees? Our love handles. That annoying loose skin is everywhere.

Thanks to recent advances in aesthetic medicine technology, now there’s a way to lift that loose skin into a tighter, more youthful looking appearance. This is accomplished with newly advanced aesthetic threads, which when placed with a minimally invasive procedure, provide a subtle, yet effective, lifting of the skin.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is thread lift?

The procedure is accomplished using a minimally invasive technique, where our providers place specially formulated threads at a superficial depth beneath the skin, and use the texture of the sutures to provide a gentle, yet effective, lifting of the treated skin. The threads are made up of a safe, dissolvable suture material, very similar to all other sutures used to close interior surgical wounds. Using this technique avoids the longform recovery and risks of a traditional face or body lift. Patients return to normal activities almost immediately following the procedure.

What does thread lift do?

Our medical director, Leon Tcheupdjian, MD, and our threading specialist, Leslie Forrester, APRN, like to refer to the treatment as The Dynamic Duo, because the procedure yields these two key results:

1) Immediate, lasting lifting of the face, neck or eyebrow

2) Stimulate your skin to regenerate your natural collagen production that has ceased as a result of aging and hormonal decline.

What is the end result result?

Lifted, volumized, rejuvenated and youthful appearance of the face or body.

What are the threads made of?

The threads are made of an absorbable suture material called polydioxanone (PDO), or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), or a blend of PLLA and polyglycolic acid (PGA), all of which are FDA-approved. These threads are inserted with a blunt cannula underneath the skin’s surface, to lift, support and bio-stimulate your skin to produce more collagen and elastin for firmer, smoother skin.

What body parts can benefit from threadlift?

  • Both the face and the body can benefit from thread lift
  • Face and jowls (sagging, deflated appearance)
  • Sagging neck
  • Sagging eyebrows
  • Nose: non-surgical smoothing and uplifting the droopy tip of the nose
  • Sagging arms,
  • Wrinkled skin around the belly button and tummy after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Inner thighs
  • Droopy buttocks 
  • Droopy breast, combined with PRP 
  • Wrinkles on the front of the thighs and knees
  • Cellulite

Who can benefit from a thread lift in Chicago?

Almost everyone who has noticed looseness or sagging of the skin of the face, neck or body.

How long does a thread lift take?

Most thread lifts take anywhere from 15-45 minutes, depending on the scope of the procedure.

How soon can results be noticed?

As the sutures dissolve over the course of six months, they trigger an uptick in collagen growth, to thicken the skin slightly. Only at the end of this six month period should it be considered the final result, not sooner.

How do barbed threads work?

The PDO threads are studded with tissue-snagging, multi-directional barbs that once anchored in the deep tissues, the barbed thread will snag and lift the skin by repositioning the sagging tissues to its original youthful position. As it contours, volumizes and smooths the skin, the result is accentuation of the youthful jawline and cheekbone definition, or the youthful appearance of other parts of the body.

Are the threads safe?

The majority of threads used today are made from polydioxanone (PDO), a suture material used in cardiovascular and plastic surgery polymers that break down in the body over time. Beyond the resorbable materials they’re made from, threads can differ by design—which is what ultimately determines their specific benefits.

Where can the threads be placed?

Anywhere under the skin of the face or the body to lift and tighten, or to smooth wrinkles.

How many sessions of thread lifting do I need ?

Usually only one is necessary, but this varies from person to person, For ultimate lasting results, maintenance once or twice a year, replenishing the dissolved threads may be needed to lift and volumize the facial wrinkles.

Is there any downtime associated with the procedure?

None, since thread lifts are non-surgical and minimally invasive. Post-procedure discomfort, swelling, and bruising will subside in a few days. Rarely you have bunching or dimpling of the skin, but this will be mild and resolve within a week. Most of our patients return to their normal daily routine with minimal to no downtime—they might just be bruised, sore or swollen for a few days.

What are the key benefits of a thread lift?

  • No cutting
  • No surgery  
  • Single, safe procedure that enhances and lifts the cheeks, jowls and droopy foreheads  where the initial aging signs are noticed. 
  • No downtime
  • Natural suture materials that have been proven safe within the body.

How many threads are needed for a successful thread lift?

This will be determined by our trained practitioners during your initial evaluation and will depend on the degree of sagging and the scope of the procedure.

Is a thread lift painful?

For most patients, the most uncomfortable part of the procedure is the local anesthetic that’s introduced at the treatment site. After this anesthetic takes effect, there is usually no pain, and no discomfort to speak of, just a slightly pulling sensation at the treatment site.

How long do the results of a thread lift last?

Threads will gradually dissolve over six to ten months, but because of their collagen promoting effects, you may see some results that last upwards of between 12 and 24 months.

What is the goal of a thread lift?

The ultimate goal is to provide an effective, yet subtle, lifting of the skin, which provides an improved, youthful appearance, without the downtime, recovery and discomfort of traditional face lifts and body lifts.

What are the alternatives to thread lift?

What other procedures can be at the same time as a thread lift?

Since threads aren’t addressing every aspect of aging, “they work best in combination with other treatments, such as Botox, Hyaluronic fillers, radiofrequency energy devices, Ultherapy, resurfacing LASERS and other biostimulators such as Sculptra” says Leslie Forrester APRN. “Someone who needs a lot of volume replacement may benefit from combination treatment modalities in conjunction with thread lift.”

What is involved with the recovery after a thread lift?

Like all injections, avoid touching and contaminating the face, avoid make up for a day or two. If bruises are visible, avoid sun exposure and avoid aspirin.

Can the threads be removed after they are placed?

Just like Botox and fillers, the PDO threads will dissolve in a matter of months. However, unless the thread is extruding, the removal is possible and easier. Patients should be aware, however, that the removal process is often much tougher than the placement, and will be an additional fee.

What skincare products should be used to optimize a thread lift?

What does a thread lift cost?

Expect a thread lift to be between $700-$2500 per session, depending on the scope of the procedure. These procedures can be easily financed via our finance programs.

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