See the image below. This patient is in her early twenties. One side done. (Immediately after) This softened her smile lines, gave her a V formation by her chin area, softened under the eyes and lifted her cheeks up. Natural and corrected result.
Younger patients may experience cheek and brow ptosis (sagging caused by weakened muscles.) For these people especially, a thread lift may be the best alternative.
We see many younger patients that want more contouring. Sharper jawline & edges, higher cheekbones, softening their smile lines, the eyebrow lift aka ponytail lift and some are candidates for under the eyes.
Below image; Patient 35 who did her cheeks and jawline. She wanted contouring and definition to her face. These were taken 2 days apart. The left side is before. The right side is after. We did a soft lift. One thread in the cheeks and one in the jawline. For more enhanced results, we recommend adding another thread to each area.
More mature skin choose a thread lift verse a more aggressive facelift procedure to provide additional support. As we age, we lose that V formation. Jowls start appearing, cheek pads fall, smile lines deepen… gravity has taken over. Using lifting threads in these areas will give you that youthful and natural look.
Below image of more mature skin using thread lifting and smoothing threads. These were taken 2 weeks apart. Once collagen has more time produce, her skin will become even softer.
Smoothing threads work great in conjunction with lifting threads or done alone. Smoothing threads soften fine lines and texture. Giving your skin a boost of collagen and supple skin.
Image Below: Patient received smoothing threads to soften fine lines and texture.
Areas are unlimited between thread treatments. There are lifting threads, smoothing threads, acne scars, under-eye threads, threads for the nose, knees, a butt or breast lift, and the list goes on. We will do a dedicated blog post for body threads.
Below image for under eyes: A consult is needed. If you are hollow, we may suggest just filler or a combination of filler and then use threads to pull skin firmly for long-lasting results.
Commonly Asked Questions
How Long Do They Last:
12-18 months. We would suggest if you want to keep the collagen support, to come back in around 10-12 months for a maintenance treatment. This will keep collagen promotion and you could enjoy your results for an additional 2 years.
Average Cost vs. Joules Medspa Cost:
Thread lifts can cost from $1,500 to $4,500. These costs vary based on the extent of the procedure and the areas treated. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the national average physician fee for thread lifts are $2,443.
With us at Joules, our price starts at just $599 for under eyes and $699+ for other facial areas. The average patient (depending on the health of skin & desired goal) will pay between $699-$1400. Skin Club Members enjoy additional savings.
How Long Until I See Results:
As you can see from the above pictures, some results are seen immediately with the final results of your PDO thread lift will be seen within one to two months of your treatment. Smoothing threads, how long it takes you personally depends a lot on your age. Your age is one of the leading factors in how quickly your body produces new, healthy collagen.
Some experience bruising while some do not. Some tenderness for about 1-2 weeks is normal. There is very minimal recovery/downtime with threads.
What To Avoid Post Treatment:
• Avoid exercising for seven days after your treatment. You can still walk at a moderate pace. However, you must avoid performing vigorous cardiovascular exercise or resistance training.
• No dental procedures for at least 7-14 days.
PDO Threads Explained Medically:
Threads are preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are surgical sutures that are used to perform cardiac surgery. All sutures are FDA-approved and PDO sutures are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the threads within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue.
While the sutures are underneath the skin, however, your skin gently reacts to the skin creating a “selective inflammatory response” to produce collagen to create a longer-lasting result: This principle is behind a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as fractioned lasers, skin tightening treatments, and microneedling). Our skin is excellent at repairing itself, and by inserting our PDO threads underneath the skin to lift the loose skin, the skin will heal itself by creating new collagen naturally!
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All treatments were done by Grace.