Youth is a hot commodity, especially here in sunny Boca Raton, Florida. You want to look your best at every age and take care of your skin and body. However, even if with the most effective at-home beauty regimens, the effects of aging catch up with you.
Your facial skin is one of the first places to show signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging for a few reasons:
- First, your facial skin is thinner and more delicate than skin anywhere else on your body.
- Second, your face is exposed to the sun every day — even if you wear sunscreen — which means daily exposure to UV rays that accelerate cellular degeneration.
These factors matter because, as you age, your body’s ability to generate new cells slows down, these cells include collagen and elastin, which keep your skin smooth, plump, and supple. When your body can’t produce new cells fast enough to replace the dying cells, you begin to show signs of aging. The combined delicacy of your facial skin and the inevitable effects of sun damage mean that your face is most likely to show signs of aging first.
If you’re only beginning to see signs of aging like volume loss and sagging skin in your cheeks, loosening the skin around your chin, and softening eyelids, you might be an excellent candidate for a minimally invasive thread facelift.
What is a thread facelift?
A thread facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tightens your skin with dissolvable surgical threads. Dr. Nees strategically places the threads under your skin and then uses them to lift and secure your facial skin to reduce the appearance of loose, sagging skin.
Sometimes called a weekend facelift, thread facelifts are relatively quick outpatient cosmetic procedures. You can go home soon after your facelift is complete, and any post-surgical swelling or bruising should subside within a few days, so no one needs to know you had the treatment. Your friends and coworkers will just think that you look younger, slimmer, and refreshed.
What happens during a thread facelift?
During a thread facelift, Dr. Nees thoroughly numbs the skin on your face and neck. If necessary, he can provide a sedative to keep you relaxed throughout the treatment. Then, he uses a special needle to insert the thread under your skin. Depending on your specific concerns, he might place the treads along your jawline, cheeks, hairline, or around your eyes.
Then Dr. Nees pulls the threads to lift your skin, redraping over your facial bones for a tighter and more toned appearance. Finally, he knots and trims the threads to secure your newly lifted skin.
What are the advantages of a thread facelift?
Thread facelifts are minimally invasive and are an excellent option if you’re beginning to see signs of aging but aren’t ready to commit to a full surgical facelift. In addition to lifting your skin, the threads also stimulate collagen production, which plumps and softens your skin to enhance your youthful appearance.
Thread lifts are also relatively low-risk procedures. Not only is there a minimal risk of scarring or other unintended side effects, but recovery is quick, and you don’t require round-the-clock care while you recuperate.
Thread facelifts are also much more affordable than a surgical facelift. You can combine them with other skin tightening treatments to boost collagen production for an even more refreshed and youthful appearance.
How does a thread facelift compare to a traditional facelift?
A traditional surgical facelift might provide more dramatic changes in your appearance, but they’re much more invasive procedures.
- You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment
- You’ll need round-the-clock care for at least three days while you recover
- You’ll need to wear compression garments on your face and neck
- It can take a week or more for you to be able to get back to your regular activities.
Thread facelifts, on the other hand, are often a great option to reduce early signs of aging and collagen loss. They’re quick with more rapid recovery — in fact, if you only have a local anesthetic, you can drive yourself to and from your appointment.
How should I take care of my skin after a thread facelift?
You will need to be extra gentle when you wash and dry your face after your thread facelift. Dr. Nees may recommend special cleansers to use while your skin heals and settles into its new position.
As always, you should moisturize and wear a high-factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, especially in the bright Florida sun. If you’re not sure what types of skincare products are right for you, ask Dr. Nees for recommendations. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits that are full of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep your skin looking its best.
How do I know if a thread facelift is right for me?
If you’re concerned about loose, sagging skin, or other signs of aging like deep folds between your mouth and nose, jowls, or sagging skin around your eyes, make an appointment with Dr. Nees by calling his practice or booking online. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Nees provides thorough consultations and can recommend the best procedures to help you look fabulous and feel confident.