Are you looking to combat the signs of aging skin? A thread lift can give you some of the same benefits as a facelift without the negatives of surgery. It can be used to physically lift key areas throughout the face, as well as encourage healthy skin with a boost of collagen production. ProMD Health has several convenient locations, including Baltimore, MD, Arlington, VA, and Wellington, FL. Today we’re going to address some thread lift questions you may have.
How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?
About Two Years
We offer a range of cosmetic treatments, all of which have different benefits. If you’re specifically looking for long-lasting results, a thread lift is an excellent option. Many cosmetic injections will last around two months, while this treatment can last two whole years.
It’s important to note that each patient’s timeline may vary slightly depending on how healthy their skin is, and what their cosmetic goals are. That’s one reason why meeting us in person is important. After a meeting, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what you can expect from your treatment.
When Will I See My Results?
One or Two Months
The reason this treatment can offer such powerful, lasting benefits is largely due to its ability to build up your collagen levels. Collagen is naturally produced by the body and is partly responsible for maintaining firm, smooth, youthful skin. Our collagen levels naturally begin to fall sometime in our mid twenties, and will continue to decrease yearly after that. That is often when the skin begins to show lasting signs of age.
It may take a month or two for PDO threads to build up enough collagen for you to clearly see the difference. Once your collagen production has been boosted, however, your patience will be rewarded as you get to enjoy improved skin structure and health for the long run.
How Long Will My Appointment Take?
45 to 60 Minutes
We know how tough it can be to fit in appointments when you have a busy schedule. Thankfully, this treatment can usually be completed in as little as 45 to 60 minutes.
Even if your schedule is packed, an appointment of that length should be fairly easy to squeeze in. Part of this treatment’s appeal is its ability to provide lasting results without taking up a large block of your valuable time.
What Is the Treatment Like?
Simple and Effective
We will gently insert the threads below your skin. Our experience will help us determine just the right placement to work with your facial structure, which will help us give you the results you’re looking for.
Once in place, the threads will anchor themselves. That will allow us to carefully lift and tighten the threads and your skin at the same time. The system is both simple and effective.
What Can It Treat?
The area around the eyes, including the eyebrows, can be improved with this treatment. This is a very expressive area, so wrinkles tend to “move in” around the eyes early on. Improving these areas can help soften the face and the patient’s resting expression. It can help the eyes look more alert as well.
This treatment can also handle fine lines around the eyes, and bags under the eyes. It can be a bit tricky to find good treatments to use around the eyes, since the skin of this area can be delicate and sensitive. Threads are gentle and versatile enough to be used, since they can be placed in a way that carefully manipulates the skin to smooth out those fine lines and eye bags.
Many people want a sharp jawline. Unfortunately, this can be hard to attain once the skin loses its structure. Excess skin under the chin or around the jawline tends to develop into “jowls.” Patients who have gone through weight changes may be more likely to struggle with jowls.
We can help you get rid of this extra skin by both physically lifting it, and encouraging the skin to increase its strength and elasticity. This can help improve the appearance of your jawline and neck at the same time.
When it comes to wrinkle reduction, many people think of the face first. The truth is, the neck can age just as quickly as the face, if not faster. For instance, if a patient remembered to wear sunscreen on their face but forgot to protect their neck, that can speed up the neck’s aging process.
The neck can develop skin laxity, texture issues, and both horizontal and vertical wrinkles. A thread lift can be used to lift and smooth over the neck just as easily as the face.
What Are PDO Threads?
The threads we use are a minimally invasive way to lift your skin. With our guidance, they will tighten the skin and stimulate your body’s collagen production at the same time. Each thread is carefully placed, as we want to make sure we are working with your face and taking your needs and desires into consideration to bring you the best possible results.
Once they’re in position, the body will slowly absorb these threads over time. The increase in collagen production may actually outlast the threads themselves.
A Versatile Option
A consultation is the best way to judge whether this treatment is right for you. We’ll be able to go over your expectations and your desired timeline, which will help us provide you with realistic expectations based on your needs.
In general, if you’re not ready for a surgical facelift but still want to fight back against wrinkles and skin laxity, this treatment could be a good option. Some patients either don’t want a facelift surgery, or can’t get it for health or financial reasons. Regardless, this can be a compromise that’s easier on you and your wallet. Its ability to treat a wide range of concerns means it can treat a wide range of people.
What Are the Advantages of This Treatment?
This treatment does not involve any scarring. Facelift scars can usually be hidden behind the ears or along the hairline when you have a skilled surgeon, but some scars may be more noticeable than others.
Patients who don’t want to worry about adjusting their hairstyles to hide their scars may want to opt for a thread lift instead. Since the threads are injected, we won’t have to make incisions during your treatment.
The threads can be used to contour your face, but we will be working together with your facial structure to help ensure natural-looking results. Some people hesitate to look into cosmetic treatments since they’re afraid their results could look artificial. On the contrary, this treatment is meant to complement your face and make it look like you traveled back in time.
In addition, since much of the treatment’s benefits comes from its ability to boost collagen, that will help your results look natural since collagen is naturally produced by your own skin.
Surgery may be a good option for some patients, but many people can’t sacrifice the downtime needed for it. If you want to improve your wrinkles without worrying about an extensive recovery, a thread lift could be the alternative you’re looking for.
Getting powerful results without putting yourself through unnecessary stress can be a liberating thought for many patients, and could help them feel more comfortable with their treatment options.
A “Test Run”
Maybe you do want a facelift surgery in the future but aren’t ready to commit to it just yet. This treatment can give you two years of improvement, which will buy you time to think about whether you want to get surgery, or if you’re more comfortable with repeating your thread lift treatment every few years.
On the other hand, you may already be considering a facelift. Surgery can feel like a big commitment, and patients often want to be completely sure that they’ll like the results before they take that step. PDO threads offer long-lasting results, but they aren’t permanent. That means you can get a “sneak peek” of what your facelift results could look like before committing to surgery.
Learn More About Our Treatment Options
We know there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to the needs of our patients. That’s why we pride ourselves in offering a range of cosmetic treatments. If you have any remaining questions about PDO threads or are interested in learning about our different options, we would be happy to meet with you at one of our locations. Contact our team at ProMD Health of Baltimore, MD, Arlington, VA, and Wellington, FL, today for your consultation!