Thread Lift (PDO)

A thread lift is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure involving temporary sutures to create a subtle, visible lift to the skin and improve the appearance of firmness around the face, neck, or breasts.

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What is a Thread Lift?

A thread lift is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure involving the use of temporary sutures to create a subtle, visible lift to the skin. The thread lift, also called a barbed suture lift, is an excellent alternative to surgical procedures to lift the skin and improve firmness of the face, neck, or breasts.  

Thread Lifts tighten the skin and create the appearance of firmer, younger-looking skin. At Skincredible Dermatology, we recommend thread lift treatments to patients interested in improving the appearance of sagging and loose skin around the face, chin, and neck. 

A thread lift treatment can also be used to tighten the skin around the breasts. Thread lift procedures can effectively reduce the appearance of sagging skin on the breasts, allowing the skin to appear taught and firm. 

How does a Thread Lift Work?

Thread lift procedures suspend the skin by stitching up portions of the skin to create the appearance of firmer, tighter skin. The procedure threads a medical-grade, dissolvable thread under the skin of the area being treated. The thread grabs onto the skin to tighten the area being treated. The threads are “pulled” and secured to tighten the skin. The thread lift procedure is an excellent alternative to cosmetic surgeries that remove a patient’s loose skin. 

A thread lift can target:

  • Forehead
  • Neck
  • Torso
  • Jowls
  • Under the Eye Area
  • Eyebrows
  • Breasts

The barbed thread used in the procedure also helps to stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen. While not harming the skin cells, the placement of the thread encourages healing and healthy skin cell growth. Increased collagen production helps fill in any gaps in the loose or sagging skin and restore elasticity to the skin resulting in a more youthful appearance. 

Who is a Candidate for Thread Lifts?

Thread lift procedures are an excellent alternative to surgical cosmetic procedures. The results may not be as dramatic as going under the knife but will effectively improve the appearance of the skin and create visible firmness around the face, neck, and breasts. 

At Skincredible Dermatology, many clients tell us that they begin to notice signs of aging based on their skin’s reduced elasticity and firmness. A thread lift can improve and correct these common concerns through the subtle impact of a visible lift. Candidates for thread lifts are typically in their late thirties to early fifties. Thread lifts can be effective for patients who are in good health and maintain regular exercise and a balanced diet. 

Is a Thread Lift better than a Facelift?

While a thread lift doesn’t offer quite the same dramatic results as a facelift, the procedure takes only minutes, involves minimal discomfort, and little to no downtime or recovery. The subtle yet visible results of thread lift treatments last around two years. 

Dermal fillers and other skin therapies and treatments can further enhance the results of thread lifts to areas such as the face, neck, torso, and breasts. Compared to surgical procedures such as facelifts, a thread lift involves far fewer complications and risks - not to mention time and costs!

What Should I Expect with a Thread Lift?

At Skincredible Dermatology, we perform the minimally-invasive thread lift treatments in-office. We will do our best to ensure you feel safe and comfortable before, during, and after your treatment or procedure. Depending on the area being treated, the thread lift procedure may be slightly different but will typically take under 45 minutes.

There can be some mild pain involved with the minimally-invasive thread lift procedure. Thread lifts do not require general anesthesia as they are not surgical procedures. During the procedure, the patient reclines as the skin is disinfected. We then thread a thin needle (cannula) underneath the skin which takes less than a minute. During the threading, patients can feel light pressure under the skin. 

The important factor to a safe and comfortable experience is visiting a licensed and fully-trained provider, like our expert team at Skincredible Dermatology. Your safety and comfort are our first priority. 

How long do the results of a Thread Lift Last?

The results from a thread lift treatment can last between one and three years. The length of the results from a thread lift depends on the area being treated and a patient’s skin. 

For optimal results, thread lift treatments can be combined with other anti-aging or skin resurfacing treatments such as Botox, to achieve a patient’s desired aesthetic goals. Speak with our expert team at Skincredible Dermatology to determine how we can help you achieve your best results with long-lasting younger, rejuvenated skin.

Are there any Side Effects of Thread Lift treatments?

Thread lifts are a low-risk procedure and are considered safe for any patients experiencing frustration with loose and sagging skin around the face and neck. Thread lift procedures require minimal recovery time. 

Some common side effects of thread lift treatments include redness around the treatment site, bruising, bleeding, and swelling. Other less common side effects of thread lift treatments include allergic reactions, bleeding near the treatment site, migration or movement of the thread, pain from the thread, or infection at the treatment site. 

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How can we help you?

At Skincredible Dermatology & Surgery, we offer a wide variety of services and deliver natural-looking results to help you look and feel your best.

Our providers

Our innovative and compassionate team of providers is dedicated to delivering the best possible care.

Do you take insurance?

Yes! We accept most insurance plans for medical procedures. Cosmetic, aesthetic and body contouring procedures are not covered by insurance.

Do you offer same day appointments?

We offer SAME DAY appointments!
If you’d like to be seen today, please call us at (949) 328-5729.

Do you offer online consultations?

Would you rather have an online consultation than come into the office? We are proud to offer virtual/online consultations for new and current patients.

Step 1 - Book: Click here to schedule your appointment online now or call us at 949-328-5729 to speak with our friendly scheduling team. We have same and next-day availability. This process takes less than 5 minutes!

Step 2 - Chat: We will e-mail you a meeting link to use for your appointment. Simply click the link and log on at your appointment time. You’ll have your virtual visit with our medical staff using secure and HIPAA-compliant video conference technology.

Step 3 - Treatment/Pick Up: You will be receiving a diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescriptions (if necessary). If prescriptions are made during your visit, go pick them up at your pharmacy. We can send prescriptions anywhere.

For cosmetic services, do you accept financing?

Yes! We offer special financing for cosmetic services. You can apply in our office or online through our website.

Where are you located?

We are located at:
27800 Medical Center Road (Building 1)
Suite 220
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Is online care only for specific conditions?

Although there are situations where our medical staff would need to see you in person (which can also be scheduled during your online consultation), there are thousands of conditions we’re able to diagnose and treat online. We will be providing you with a diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescriptions (if necessary). If you need a procedure that requires an in-office visit, we can either schedule you to come into our office or would recommend that you go see your local dermatologist.

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