Thread lift is an aesthetic and medical treatment that can address sagging and droopy skin and aging signs, including wrinkles, fine lines, and skin folds. Collagen and elastin loss in the body results in volume loss and can become the root cause of various other skin defects and imperfections. This results in sagging skin and can deform the face’s and body’s structure, shape, and firmness. 

What is a Thread Lift Procedure, and How Does it Help with Saggy Skin?

Thread lift procedure treats skin sagginess to promote youthful and firm skin. This procedure involves injecting dissolvable, medical-grade threads made of polydioxanone materials into the skin at a deeper level. The threads are placed under the skin and stretched to pull the skin and tighten it. The main focus of the treatment is to uplift, smooth out, and firm the skin after eliminating wrinkles and creases. 

Moreover, the presence of these threads under the skin encourages the skin cells to produce new collagen, which helps achieve a younger look for a more extended period. If you are thinking of undergoing a thread lift, here are eight things you need to know.

Various Beneficial Aspects of Thread Lifts 

Different Thread Lift Procedures

There are two main types of thread lift procedures: Polydioxanone (PDO) and Poly-l-lactic threads. While the two procedures use the exact mechanism, some essential differences are based on their impacts and efficacy. Polydioxanone (PDO) are biocompatible material designed to dissolve your body. They dissolve slowly and remain in your body for six months. PDO threads will provide a little lift but stimulate more collagen. Therefore, the results will last for 1 to 2 years. Poly-l-lactic, biocompatible material is slightly different as it is injected using small cone-shaped tubes. These threads produce more lift, stimulate less collagen production, and they remain in your body for 12 months. Therefore, results last for up to 3 years.

Short Recovery Time Due to Minimally Invasive Approach

Most people prefer thread lift over facial surgeries and other skin tightening treatments because of their minimal invasiveness and short recovery time. It only requires around two days to recover, which is very short compared to the 4 weeks of facelift recovery time. While patients may feel a bit of soreness and swelling after the operation, they rarely need strong pain killers. Therefore, most patients can return to work immediately after the procedure and may even drive their cars home right after it. However, it is recommended to rest for a couple of days.

Natural-looking Results 

Unlike other skin treatments and surgeries, thread lift promises a natural-looking skin enhancement. A thread lift will not yield similar unnatural results as a facelift. Although they both improve sagging skin, each one is somehow different from the other. While facelift involves removing excess skin and tightening the muscles, thread lift only lifts your face by a few millimeters. However, a thread lift is for you if you have mild or moderate skin laxity. After the thread lift procedure, you may expect a noticeable result and a naturally youthful look.

Threadlift Is Safer Than Facelift, But There Might Be Some Side Effects

Due to the small incisions and the absence of interruption of the blood supply of the skin, the procedure has fewer risks and complications than a facelift. Furthermore, the threads used in operation are safe as they have been tested and approved by the FDA. In the case of surgeries, multiple complications can arise and make your recovery a painful struggle for the patient. But with thread lifts, you are at ease to control the results of your treatment, as subtle or as obvious. Of course, there might be some side effects, such as bruising or swelling, but the good news is that they resolve in no time. In some rare situations, the thread could migrate or becomes visible. If this happens, do not worry, the surgeon can easily remove, replace or even readjust the thread.

Certain Factors Impacting the Choice for Threads

Your age and skin laxity are two crucial factors that play a vital role in choosing the type of threads that suit your skin requirements. PDO Threads are more effective for patients with heavier skin with moderate laxity. Therefore, anyone over 18 can be a good candidate for the procedure. On the other hand, Poly-l-lactic threads are recommended for people in their mid-30s to late-50s with mild and moderate skin laxity.

Due to the thread lift procedure’s low risk and short recovery time, you can enhance the results by combining thread lift with other nonsurgical procedures to increase the effectiveness and address your skin concerns instantly. Cutera Aesthetics is an acclaimed medical clinic offering up-to-mark thread lift services. Call today to get a free consultation!

The number of treatments that claim to enhance your facial features has risen to an extreme point in the beauty industry. Celebrities and social media influencers have impacted people’s choices of beauty trends, and this has caused a visible surge in demand for aesthetic treatments. Dermal fillers are among these worth-mentioning procedures that can make a prominent change in your facial appearance. 

How Do Dermal Fillers Impact Skin Appearance and Texture?

Everyone wants to have plump and young skin, luscious lips, lifted eyes, and feel comfortable in their skin through these dermal fillers. These fillers have been in the market for quite a long time now. They first met with hesitation, but gradually, with time and technological advancement, these fillers grabbed a lot of attention and positive customer response. Today, the desire to keep your youthful skin for a long time has become possible, and various medical clinics are offering Dermal filler procedures. However, choosing the right place is also crucial. Because even if this is a relatively safe procedure compared to surgical treatments, it is still minimally invasive. 

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that refresh and rejuvenate the skin while restoring the needed collagen and elastin. The results achieved from facial fillers can be incredible in the hands of an expert who understands facial symmetry and the proper technique to make you look natural. On the contrary side, an unskilled esthetician can ruin the whole process and your facial symmetry. Thus, pay attention to who you choose to trust for such skin treatments. Cutera Aesthetics is a well-acclaimed and renowned medical spa offering Dermal fillers and related wide range of skin treatments for dull, aged, and acne-prone skin. Contact us today for a free consultation!  

With promises of smooth, glowing skin and the ability to maintain a younger look, it’s easy to see why non-surgical cosmetic procedures are becoming increasingly popular. But are dermal fillers worth it?

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are of various types; temporary and permanent. Hyaluronic acid and collagen fillers are two of the most common and famous dermal fillers. As far as the reactions and allergies are concerned, Hyaluronic acid is not a substance you need to worry about as it is found naturally under our skin and won’t cause any allergic reactions. HA is a common ingredient in many skincare products, but the results from topical use vary. 

Dermal fillers are also known as facial fillers or cosmetic injectables. A dermal filler treatment can help rejuvenate the skin and enhance shape or fullness in specific face areas. They have the bonus of reducing wrinkles, fading fine lines, reversing the loss of volume, and rehydrating deeper skin layers. Different fillers each serve their purpose, and various techniques are used depending on the area of the face you want to enhance.

What Are the Most Popular Dermal Filler Procedures?

Cutera offers many procedures to enhance facial features using hyaluronic acid-based fillers. Our clients love the results and think it’s worth it for the many benefits they receive from injectables. Below are the most popular areas of the face we treat with dermal fillers to create an enhanced yet natural look for our clients.  

Cheeks

Dermal fillers are our first choice for cheek augmentation, which can give you the fuller or more pronounced cheekbones you’re after. Enhancing the cheeks can alter the profile or shape of your face, leaving you looking more youthful and balanced.

Smile Lines

Smile line fillers are used to smooth out nasolabial folds, the skin creases that run between the nose and corners of the mouth. This procedure is a popular option for patients who have noticed a loss of volume and skin elasticity in their faces resulting from the natural aging process. If these wrinkles make you feel self-conscious, this simple filler treatment can refresh your appearance and give you your confidence back.

Under-Eye 

This delicate and precise treatment involves carefully injecting filler into the tear trough under your eye. Once injected, it is gently massaged into the surrounding areas (usually sunken bags or under-eyes) to help make the under-eye area smoother, firmer, and less hollow. This procedure can also help reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Chin or Jawline

Chin filler or jawline reshaping treatment is popular with men and women for different purposes. Women often want a slimmer, more elongated jawline, while men want a squarer, more chiseled jawline. We can also use dermal fillers to help reduce imperfections in the chin, like dimples or unevenness.

Lips

As you can imagine, lip enhancement is one of our most popular treatments for people of all ages. We can make the lips bigger or balance them out if one lip is smaller than the other. With lip fillers, you want to take the less is more approach and don’t overdo it.

Our face is the most important part of our physical appearance. Thys, facial skin holds a great deal of vitality in forming our personality and physical appeal. Aging is an inevitable phenomenon that takes its toll on the skin by making it saggy, droopy, and increasing skin creases and lines. These aging signs can alter the shape and structure of your skin, making it unattractive. Youthful skin resonates with beauty and charm and captivates attention. In comparison, laxing skin does the exact opposite. Therefore, aesthetic skin treatments like thread lifts have seen a rapid rise in their demand to address aging signs and skin sagginess. 

Thread lifts are the latest in non-surgical and minimally invasive skin-rejuvenating procedures. The results are amazing, considering the procedure is instantly effective and can make a visible difference in terms of skin appearance. Moreover, the recovery time is far less than that of traditional face-lift surgery or other surgical approaches. A thread lift is also an exceptional preventive anti-aging procedure. If you are just beginning to notice the aging signs, such as fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face, you may want to consider a thread lift. Thread lifts have a complete history of rejection and improvement, and the procedure has come a long way from where it started. The older technology used plastic threads that led to awful skin side effects. However, the technology has advanced, and the modern-day thread lift procedures are much safer and more effective. 

How Do Thread Lifts Provide Shape and Structure to the Face?

Thread lifts use polydioxanone (PDO) threads that are medically safe for the skin and dissolve after some time without causing severe side effects. During a thread lift procedure, threads made of transparent polydioxanone material are inserted into your skin, just below the surface, by a large needle that carries the thread to the right level. These threads are inserted via needles and have grabbers that attach to the skin and pull it to lift and smooth it. Because of the needle’s and threads’ deep placement, the skin can be reshaped and restructured to create a less saggy appearance.

These threads not only actively help with sagging skin, but the micro-injuries that the needles make whole inserting the threads are also responsible for boosting collagen production. The thread is made of a dissolving material, so the risk of infection is also almost non-existent. 

What Areas Benefit From A Thread Lift?

We cannot compare the results of surgical and non-surgical skin treatments. However, wouldn’t it be best to choose a procedure that can show effective and visible results and address our concerns instantly without requiring long surgical approaches and extended downtimes? Similar is the case with thread lifts; the procedure is safe and quick and can promise a visible reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin. The areas that benefit the most but are not limited to are your jowls, face, and neck. You can have thread lifts performed on other areas of your body, as well. Just about anywhere you have skin can benefit from a thread lift. Your breasts, buttocks, décolletage, and even saggy knees can be tightened and toned in appearance with a thread lift.

Who is the best candidate for a thread lift?

Those who get the better results from a thread lift are typically between 30 and 60 when skin or people in their mid-twenties as they start developing aging signs. Older patients, and those with a lot of sagging skin, perhaps from excessive weight loss, cannot benefit from this procedure as much as they’d want to. A thread lift is a great way to boost collagen production to prevent early aging. Your procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which means you stay awake. Risks associated with general anesthesia are of no concern with a thread lift. Recovery time is minimal, and there is no need for much advance prep.

Very Little Downtime Required

Compared with the traditional surgical face-lift, your healing, which might have some early discomfort, will be pretty much a non-event. You can expect pain, bruising, and swelling for the first few days after the procedure, and you’ll probably want to take advantage of your prescription for pain pills. You won’t be able to wash your face or resume your regular skin care regimen for the first 12 hours. Drink plenty of water, and get your rest. Because the technique is so advanced, and the thread material dissolves, there will be little to no scarring. Any scars that do form will be virtually invisible. You can expect the results to last up to six months, although this depends on the boost you get from the collagen production.

Rejuvenate your skin 

You may not be ready for an all-in surgical face-lift, but you’d like to rejuvenate your skin. You’re tired of looking tired and far too young for the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles. The thread lift offers you the perfect solution: tighter, firmer, younger-looking skin through a minimally invasive procedure with a short recovery time. No wonder everyone is talking about thread lifts. If you want to revive the wheel of time and utilize this treatment, Cutera Aesthetics will be more than happy to assist you in your journey towards a younger-looking, firm,  and smooth skin.