Threads are one of the most popular anti-aging treatments on the market that offer a wonderful alternative for patients who are looking for lifting and tightening but are not ready for surgery. A thread lift can treat most areas of the face that are experiencing signs of aging. If you’re looking for a way to lift and rejuvenate your skin with minimal downtime, threads may be right for you!
As early as your 30s, your skin begins to lose collagen, the supportive protein that gives it volume and elasticity. This can begin to cause a loss of volume which in turn causes the skin to crease and fold without youthful support. Threads are made with special suture material known to trigger collagen production in the skin as it’s absorbed into the body. These types of threads originated with surgical use in closing incisions but have become a beneficial way to treat signs of aging. Additionally, cosmetic threads have a specialized texture to help lift and anchor the underlying tissues into a more upright position for optimal results.
Threads are inserted under the skin using a cannula in the area to be treated. They can be gently lifted into a more upright position, bringing the underlying tissues with it. Then, the applicators are removed, leaving behind the thread which will stimulate collagen and dissolve over time.
The biggest benefit is that threads can be performed right in our office with a local anesthetic, meaning there are no incisions or extensive downtime like a surgical facelift. Additionally, threads are very versatile and can be performed on areas of the face like the cheeks, neck, and jowls. We can create a customized treatment plan for you using threads as well as our best injectable treatments like fillers for the midface and Botox or Dysport for the upper face for a comprehensive anti-aging regimen without downtime.
You can return to your regular schedule immediately after thread treatment, but you can anticipate some visible swelling, redness, and possible bruising. You’ll need to follow some aftercare steps like avoiding extensive exercise, sleeping on your side, and rubbing the area where threads were placed. Our team can discuss a recommended skincare regimen with you and which products to avoid during your short recovery, as well as which products can help you maintain your results. Immediate improvements in skin sagging will be apparent and benefits from the procedure will continue to emerge over the course of one to two months, with the threads fully dissolving after four to six months. Newly stimulated collagen will remain, and results can last from 1-3 years depending on skin integrity.
Nicole Stapp, our board-certified Nurse Practitioner, has over 5 years of experience in non-surgical aesthetic medicine. With a specialization in injections like neuromodulators and fillers, Nicole can guide you through the threads process and ensure you’re comfortable and confident in your expectations and results. Along with your thread treatment, our team can recommend the best in injectable treatments for a transformative treatment package to achieve your best look yet.
To learn more about your non-surgical anti-aging options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team at our Bloomfield Hills office. Contact us by calling or filling out our online form.