Do you feel like your skin is drooping more each day? Are you concerned by wrinkles, thin and sagging skin, and an aged appearance? Do you want a non-invasive, long-lasting solution that can provide your skin with a supportive structure and an extra boost of collagen, resulting in a smoother, younger appearance over the course of a few months? If so, a thread lift could be the perfect treatment for you. This modern facial rejuvenation treatment is safe, effective, and has the potential to keep your skin looking its best for up to three years. It’s proudly offered by Lasting Skin Solutions in Fitchburg, WI.
What Is a Thread Lift?
A thread lift is a modern improvement on a technique that has been used for years to offer patients a less invasive facelift option. This treatment offers two benefits: first, the lift achieved by the dissolvable sutures which are injected into your skin, and second, the natural boost in collagen levels, which lasts long after the threads disappear and keeps your skin glowing.
The threads, which are made with polydioxanone (PDO), anchor themselves in your skin to help reduce the appearance of folds and wrinkles, tighten skin, and achieve an overall smoother appearance. The anchoring effect means that you should see your initial results immediately after treatment. Over the next few months, boosted collagen levels will continue to lift and smooth the skin.
Why Is Collagen So Important?
Once injected, the threads stimulate collagen production, which is a key part of this treatment. Collagen is often called the skin’s natural structural framework. It’s responsible for keeping your skin smooth, tight, and looking young and radiant.
As we age, our collagen production levels begin to decrease. In addition, the collagen in our skin breaks down, which can lead to normal signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. When the threads are injected into your skin, the combination of the micro-trauma of the needle and the presence of the thread in your skin stimulates new collagen production.
Because the thread remains in your skin for up to 6 months, collagen is continuously produced, adding to the structure of your skin and providing the support necessary to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin. Four to six months after your treatment, the threads safely and completely dissolve. After this point, collagen production will slowly return to its natural, pre-treatment levels. However, thanks to the collagen built up in your skin, your face will appear younger and more toned for up to 3 years
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
Thanks to the injectable nature of this treatment, you can target a wide variety of areas and cosmetic concerns with a thread lift. Commonly treated areas include the nasolabial folds, the jowls, the cheeks, and the eyebrows.
It can also improve the appearance of marionette lines, crows’ feet, and expression lines around the mouth and on the forehead. The treatment is performed the same way on all areas of the face. Your doctor will use a needle to deliver the threads into your skin, where they’ll anchor and begin to lift your skin.
As an alternative to a classic facelift procedure, this treatment offers a non-invasive appointment with minimal discomfort, zero-downtime recovery, and long-lasting results. It can easily be combined with other facial treatments, like dermal fillers, to achieve ideal results.
It can also be performed routinely to maintain your desired look, though most patients usually wait at least 6 months between treatments to allow the threads to completely dissolve. Thanks to the use of synthetic threads instead of the original permanent sutures, this treatment carries a very low risk of infection and is able to deliver a more natural final look.
The material used in the threads is completely safe and can be broken down and expelled by your body over time, giving you peace of mind after your treatment is complete. Finally, this treatment offers you more confidence in every situation as you see your skin transformed. Instead of worrying about the appearance of lines and wrinkles, you’ll be able to focus on the more important things in life.
How Does It Work?
This treatment involves several straightforward steps that are overseen by your doctor. You should feel free to ask your doctor questions you may have at any point during this process. It’s also important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions, especially during the preparation and recovery periods, to ensure that you’ll see the best results possible.
To begin, you should schedule an initial consultation with your doctor to discuss this treatment. This appointment allows your doctor to examine your areas of concern and evaluate whether this treatment will be able to satisfactorily address the issues you have. If your doctor determines that this treatment may not be right for you, they’ll recommend similar options to address your cosmetic concerns.
You should be prepared to disclose your medical history, including any medications you take regularly and any previous facial treatments or procedures you’ve had performed. Your doctor will propose areas for thread injection and can show you how the threads will be able to lift your skin, eliminating wrinkles and folds in the process. Once your doctor approves you for this treatment, it’s time to begin preparing.
Due to its simple nature, there is almost zero preparation required for this treatment. It’s advisable to avoid blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen or aspirin for up to 1 week before treatment to reduce your risk of bleeding and bruising. In addition, some herbal supplements and remedies can cause similar reactions, so you should consult your doctor to determine whether you should stop using certain herbal products before your appointment.
Make sure that you’re protecting your skin from accelerated aging, dark spots, and skin cancer by applying sunscreen each day. You should also continue this practice after treatment to help enhance your results. Keep your skin calm and clean with a gentle cleansing routine.
Avoid harsh exfoliants for a few days before treatment to avoid irritating the skin. Tell your doctor if you notice any significant irritation or wound in the target area before your appointment. You may need to reschedule to allow your skin time to heal. Finally, drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
On the day of your appointment, wash your face and avoid applying any facial products or makeup. Your doctor will clean your face and apply a topical anesthetic, which can be combined with a local anesthetic for more sensitive areas. Next, your doctor will mark the planned injection sites on your face. Once your face is numb, your doctor will use a slightly larger needle to inject the threads. You should feel no pain during this process, but you may notice slight pressure.
Depending on the area being treated, appointments can last between 20 minutes and one hour. Once treatment is complete, your doctor will show you your initial results, which are noticeable right away as a result of the anchored threads beginning to lift the skin. You’ll be able to return to your normal schedule immediately after your appointment.
Once feeling returns, you may notice mild tenderness around the injection sites, which is completely normal. For 24 hours, continue to avoid blood-thinning pain relievers and wait at least one to two days before applying makeup. To prevent disturbing the threads, avoid pressing or rubbing your face and sleep on your back for two to three nights.
Avoid extended sun exposure, saunas, and strenuous exercise for two weeks after treatment as your skin heals completely. Consult your doctor before pursuing heat-based or laser treatments after having this treatment. You should also avoid having further injectable treatments performed for at least a month to ensure that your skin has healed completely.
In some cases, your doctor may advise you to wait at least four months to ensure that the threads are dissolved before you have another injectable treatment performed. For most patients, the injection sites heal and any redness or tenderness reduces within five days. Your skin should be completely healed in two to four weeks.
You should be able to see a noticeable lift in your skin on the day of your appointment thanks to the threads. As time progresses, the collagen production stimulated by the threads will continue to improve the appearance of your cosmetic concerns. You should be able to see your final results at around four to six months, when the threads dissolve.
Your skin should be tighter and firmer, and you should notice that wrinkles, folds, and fine lines are less apparent thanks to the new collagen structure in your skin. Once the threads dissolve, collagen production begins to slow to its natural rate. However, the existing collagen in your skin remains, and your results can last up to three years before this collagen naturally breaks down as a side effect of aging.
At this point, you can pursue another thread lift to maintain your ideal results or talk to your doctor about alternative treatments and procedures available to help you achieve your desired appearance.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is typically pursued by men and women ages 28-58 who want to refresh their appearance without surgery. Its non-invasive, zero-downtime nature makes it easy to fit into every schedule and, thanks to its discreet results, no one will be able to tell you’ve had a treatment unless you tell them.
If your doctor determines that your signs of aging are more advanced, you may benefit from a more extensive procedure such as a traditional facelift. However, a thread lift can be an effective treatment for those who wish to avoid surgery or who cannot undergo traditional surgery. You should speak with your doctor to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for this treatment.
Get the Look You Want
If you spend your days worrying about the way loose skin and wrinkles affect your appearance, you know how these concerns can impact your self-esteem. While aging, as a natural process, is progressive and can’t be addressed permanently, treatments like a thread lift can target specific insecurities to give you the confidence you need to feel at home in your own skin.
You’ll be amazed at how such a simple treatment can change your entire appearance. Best of all, you’ll find that you are more satisfied with the way your skin looks thanks to the effects of this treatment.
If you’re ready to learn more about how a thread lift can transform your skin, contact the professionals at Lasting Skin Solutions in Fitchburg, WI to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you meet your goals!