Have you ever thought about getting a little “lift” to sagging facial skin without the full commitment of surgery? A thread lift might be your answer. If you’re reading this, you might be considering it for yourself or have recently undergone the procedure.
Either way, understanding the recovery process is essential to achieving your best outcome. So, let’s unravel the essentials of what to do and what to avoid during thread lift recovery.
What’s a Thread Lift?
A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny, biodegradable threads to perk up and firm sagging skin. The threads kick-start natural healing and collagen production, further lifting and tightening skin for a younger-looking appearance over time.
While the treatment area will be numbed during your thread lift so you aren’t uncomfortable, this procedure does not require general anesthesia. Which means you can get back to many normal activities right away.
The thread lift is often hailed as the ‘lunchtime facelift’ because it is an in-office procedure that is surprisingly quick, with little downtime and a fast recovery period. Yet, proper aftercare is still required to secure the best results.
However, a thread lift does not just work by the threads lifting the skin from within. The majority of the benefits come from your body’s healing process beneath the surface, where the threads dissolve, stimulating collagen production. For this reason, it takes up to two weeks to completely heal from the procedure and up to 6 months to see its full benefits.
Do’s of Thread Lift Recovery
Here are the affirmative steps you can take to make sure your healing is on track and you get the best possible thread lift results.
Take Medical Advice Seriously: Your medical expert should provide a detailed aftercare plan. This is the most important advice you can get. Following it to the letter maximizes your chances of a hassle-free recovery.
Expect Some Discomfort: Some minor swelling, soreness, and bruising is normal and to be expected. Follow your provider’s advice when it comes to pain management, including over-the-counter painkillers.
Stay Hydrated: Water isn’t just refreshing. It is essential for everything your body does, including recovery. Water speeds up healing, lessens swelling, and is fundamental for overall skin health.
Take Sleep Seriously: Rest is critical to healing. Even though a thread lift is not major surgery, taking the time you need to recover is critical. Give your body as much time to relax and recharge as it needs.
Sleep On Your Back: While you are prioritizing sleep and rest, be sure to sleep on your back. You want to avoid pressure to the treatment area.
Don’ts of Thread Lift Recovery
Now that we talked about what to do, let’s talk about what not to do after your procedure.
Avoid Strenuous Activity: Light activity, such as walking, is okay, but you will want to avoid more strenuous forms of exercise for the first two weeks after your procedure. If you have questions about a particular type of exercise, ask your provider.
Don’t Overdo Skincare: Keep your face clean by washing with a gentle cleanser, but avoid vigorously scrubbing or exfoliating your skin right away. Steer clear of makeup for the first 48 hours.
No Extreme Temperatures: Stay out of hot tubs, saunas, and very hot showers or baths for two weeks. It is also a good idea to avoid excessive sun exposure for this time.
Don’t Book Certain Appointments: Immediately following a thread lift is not the time for Botox, fillers, or other cosmetic treatments. You should also not schedule a dentist appointment during this time, unless, of course, it is an emergency visit.
Enjoy Your Thread Lift Results
Trust the process and your body’s signals, but always prioritize professional advice. Follow post-procedure recommendations, and feel free to ask questions.
Our team is here to answer all of your questions, from your consultation and procedure to your aftercare journey.