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Am I a Thread Lift Candidate?
April 8, 2022

Woman looking at aging skin in mirror

If you are looking to counteract the effects of time and gravity on your skin, particularly sagging cheeks or jowls, you may be curious about whether to consider a thread lift as an alternative to facelift surgery.

Injections and skin resurfacing alone may provide a certain level of noticeable results, but these treatments require continuous maintenance and may not offer the more visible outcome you are hoping for. On the other hand, facelift surgery is a costly and invasive surgical procedure with a significant recovery time as well as the potential risks that go along with any operation.

A thread lift is a 45 minute, minimally invasive procedure completed under a local (not general) anesthetic. It involves placing a specially designed suture under the skin in a precise way that immediately lifts and tightens the skin. In addition, the positioning of a foreign material under the skin stimulated increased collagen production and healing activity in the area, resulting in an ongoing anti-aging effect over the course of several months.

This technique can offer more impressive results than injections or resurfacing alone, without the risks and recovery associated with facelift surgery. While a thread lift does not offer the same dramatic results as surgery, you could attain the outcome you are hoping for even without resorting to surgical interventions.

The Ideal Thread Lift Patient

The ideal thread lift patient is looking for a more effective and longer-lasting solution to sagging and thinning facial skin compared to more superficial treatments but is not ready to commit to a more invasive and significant surgical facelift.

A thread lift might be an excellent option for patients with mild to moderate jowling or skin laxity in the mid-face. It might not be the best option for those with more significant concerns. The ideal age range for a thread lift is generally between 40 and 70 years old.

You can expect an immediate lifting result from your thread lift procedure, as well as continuous improvement in volume over time due to the unique way this procedure works. Results are more natural-looking and subtle than facelift surgery, so if you seek drastic results, you might consider a facelift over threads.

Benefits of Silhouette InstaLift Thread Lift Offered by Dr. Alkadri

The Silhouette InstaLift thread is the only absorbable thread approved by the FDA for cosmetic facial treatment. It is uniquely designed with micro cones to be exceptionally effective. It is entirely absorbable, so it does not need to be removed. This thread provides an instant lifting effect to the facial skin. It also stimulates the continued production of collagen below the skins’ surface.

A thread lift is far less invasive than a surgical facelift. Risks associated with thread lifts are fewer than a facelift. Recovery involves mild soreness, and you should be able to return to most normal activities immediately or within a day. A facelift is a surgical procedure and requires general anesthesia as well as rest and recovery for up to two weeks.

Lastly, because a thread lift is a relatively simple procedure, it is far less costly than facelift surgery.

How Long do Thread Lift Results Last vs. a Face Lift?

The lifting effect will be immediate, and the skin’s appearance will continue to improve for 6 months following the placement of the threads. Noticeable results can last up to 2 years. On the other hand, facelift surgery can be expected to last up to 10 years.

Can You Combine a Thread Lift with Other Cosmetic Treatments for Ideal Results?

Even better results can be attained by combining a thread lift with other treatments. Because a thread lift is a relatively minor procedure, it is possible to add other treatments to attain an excellent outcome. For example, a thread lift helps with sagging skin and volume but does not address scars, age spots, or other blemishes. Consider speaking with your provider to determine whether an additional treatment, such as skin resurfacing, could be combined with a thread lift to give you the natural-looking anti-aging effect you are hoping for.