Thread Lifts in Phoenix
Also Serving Patients in Scottsdale
Many people struggle with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and loose skin as they age, and some may experience these changes sooner than others. If you don’t feel like you’re ready for a facelift or other face procedure to address these unwelcome creases, folds and thinning skin, a thread lift may offer the subtle yet visible results you’re looking for when you glimpse at yourself in the mirror. Thread lifts use temporary sutures to lift the skin and provoke your body’s natural healing response, rejuvenating your appearance without invasive surgery.
What Is a Thread Lift?
Thread lifts are often used to address early jowling, mild to moderate sagging eyebrows and loose skin on the face and neck. Dr. Ali Ghafouri suspends the face and neck tissues through precisely placed stitches that elevate loose skin instead of surgically removing it. The positioning of the threads pulls the skin back slightly for a tauter facial structure.
The stitches placed under the skin trigger the skin’s healing process to create more collagen for firmer skin that is more voluminous and supple. Surges of collagen are directed to the stitched areas to improve the skin’s condition. This infusion of collagen improves skin laxity and provides ongoing rejuvenation to the site. There are many types of thread lifts, and they may treat several areas of the face, such as sagging skin and volume loss in the cheeks, jowls and neck bands, loose neck skin and drooping eyebrows.
Types of Thread Lifts
The Silhouette InstaLift uses threads made with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and poly lactic-co-glycolic acid, both of which have been used for decades in various areas of medicine. PLLA is the same substance used in Sculptra, a semi-permanent dermal filler. These medical-grade sutures offer long-lasting results, and the Silhouette InstaLift procedure typically takes less than an hour.
This thread lift can restore your facial contours and redefine your jawline by correcting sagging skin. The cheeks and jawline are elevated using suspension suture and cone technology for immediately improved definition. While you notice some of your results right away, the long-term benefits of the Silhouette Instalift come from the collagen production stimulated by the procedure.
Silhouette Instalift is an outpatient procedure that uses a local anesthetic so you’re awake and can return home afterward. You can return to work the next day but may experience minor pain, bruising and swelling.
PDO Thread Lift
PDO, or complex sugar polydioxanone, is a suture material long used in orthopedic and cardiothoracic surgeries. PDO thread lifts offer predictable results with limited side effects as the material has been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy.
Barbed PDO threads lift fat and skin tissue in several directions and remain there for several months before they’re absorbed, leaving behind a new collagen scaffolding that helps maintain your refreshed appearance. Barbed thread lifts may be used for the brows, jawline, under the chin, jowls and around the nose and mouth to improve nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Smooth PDO thread lifts work to create a finer mesh to support areas of the face that have lost volume. They dissolve slowly and may be combined with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers or PRP treatments to stimulate your body’s healing response in several ways.
PDO threads live in the deeper skin tissues for around 100 days before your body absorbs them, but results may last a year or longer.
Schedule Your Consultation to Learn More about Thread Lifts
Ali Ghafouri, MD, FACS, is a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon who offers a variety of minimally invasive aesthetic face procedures. He understands the intricacies of the facial structures and can help you reach your goals for your complexion.
If you’re interested in a thread lift, contact Dr. Ghafouri at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists in Scottsdale to schedule your consultation today.