Thread Lifts - Non-Surgical Facelifts of the Palm Beaches
Sagging skin is one of the more unpleasant characteristics of aging skin. In the last 10 years there has been an explosion of technologies that try to target it by tightening the skin. These treatments are often quite effective but will not solve issues of sagging skin completely. Here is where thread lifts can plan a big role. Thread lifts consist of dissolvable sutures designed and created specifically for lifting skin, eventually they dissovle completely but while they are active they stimulate the skin to regrow elastic and collagen to help lift the problem areas. Thread lifts can lift sagging jowls, enhance cheek bone structure, raise the brow, even reduce the appearance of horizontal lines on the neck. Best of all results are immediate.
As we age, our skin droops and collagen production lessens. Stop aging in its tracks and refresh your face, bringing it back to a tighter, more youthful state. Threads come in a variety of different types, lengths and even brands that treat different areas, Dr. Vanden Bosch's extensive experience and training over the years makes her an expert at achieving the desired result for her patients.
Minimally Invasive Way to Lift Mid-Facial Skin with no Downtime
Cosmetic medical techniques have advanced greatly in recent years. Many aspects of facial aging can be addressed with safe and effective procedures that offer little downtime and natural-looking results. While wrinkles, brown spots and lost volume can be treated with existing procedures, until now there has been no minimally invasive way to lift the deeper layers of mid-facial skin, one of the major contributors to an aged and tired appearance.
What to Expect at and after Your Visit
Once you set up a consultation, Dr. V - Neda Vanden Bosch will discuss whether this technique is suitable for you and will create a treatment plan to ensure you achieve the results you desire. The in-office procedure typically takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Most patients fare well with topical numbing but our office also offers Pronox, a gas similar to what dentist carry, for those patients who are very anxious. You will see immediate results and have minimal recovery time after the procedure. Over time the sutures will naturally be absorbed by your body while stimulating production of collagen to aid healthy renewal of your skin to produce natural-looking, long lasting results.
"The reason I was so excited about Threads is that you can get results without having to have surgery."
- Lorraine , 54
The Lip "Flip" Treatment
The thread lip flip is an exciting alternative or additional treatment for sculpting, enhancing and rejuvenating lips. With just a couple of threads you can achieve inversion of the lips, this is when your lip curves up and out instead of in (which happens with aging). Making the lip appear larger and plumper while improving the lines even around the mouth, all without even adding a drop of filler. Threads in the lips are a no downtime treatment and cause no swelling, making it a great pre-event treatment options for when you need to look better immidiately without bruising. You can also enhance the lip flip with some fillers to add additional volume and contouring. This treatment is quickly becoming a patient favorite!
The Thread Brow Lift
Another exciting area to treat with threads is the brow area. We can achieve a nice lift of the brow by strategically placing threads. The lift the eyebrows up, opening the eye area and making the patient look rested and completely rejuvenated. This treatment takes no more than 30 minutes and has no downtime!
"Cosmetic medical techniques have advanced greatly in recent years. Many aspects of facial aging can be addressed with safe and effective procedures that offer little downtime and natural-looking results. VBoutique Aesthetics & Wellness offers several different types of threads to achieve a tissue repositioning and lift."
Commonly Asked Questions about Threads
Q: What are exactly are PDO threads?
Threads are a kind of surgical suture made from polydioxanone, which is why they are often referred to as PDO threads. PDO threads are absorbable sutures that have been safely used in all kinds of surgeries throughout the world for many decades.
Q: Are there different brands of PDO threads?
There are multiple brands of PDO threads. My absolute favorite is Miracu...for lots of reasons. Miracu threads are next-generation FDA-cleared, absorbable PDO threads, so they have more lifting strength and longevity than other brands. Their needles are flexible, which means minimal or no bruising, and they have better tensile strength to prevent breaking or snapping under the skin. Miracu also offers the widest selection of threads on the market for all face, neck, and body types and so many thread lengths and configurations, which gives me an incredible amount of amazing anti-aging and other treatment options. Plus, they were subjected to rigorous 3-years evaluation processes to meet over 90 validated requirements, including extensive biocompatibility testing to ensure none of the materials were harmful. They’re also individually packaged to ensure sterilization.
Q: How do threads work?
Threads are inserted in the desired area. Miracu threads, because they have such a wide variety, can do different things, but there are two main types of threads: 1) lifting threads, and 2) volume threads. Barb threads are the lifting threads and come in different lengths and tensile strength. The barbs hold onto the skin, almost like velcro, redrape and/or reposition the skin in a more lifted position. As the thread dissolves, it creates collagen and elastin in the treated area to allow the results to last far longer than the lifespan of the barb itself. Volume threads differ, as they are put directly into wrinkles or crepey skin, or into areas where you might need volume, like under the eye, to improve texture and tone by process of collagenases, or collagen stimulation.
Q: How long does a PDO thread lift last?
Like any other non-permanent procedure, the duration depends on the type of thread used, the age of the patient, and the patient’s skin quality. Generally speaking, though, the results will last between 12 to 18 months. The thread itself will break down in 6-9 months, but the overall results, due to collagenases and repositioning of the tissue, will last up to 18 months. No threads are permanent, at least not yet.
Q: Does a PDO thread lift hurt?
Not really, but it does depend on the thread you’re using. Miracu has such a wide variety of threads, and they are so flexible, that they are easy to manipulate under the skin. If they are properly positioned in the hands of an expert, the insertions are very well tolerated. We also inject lidocaine to make it more comfortable.
Q: Are PDO threads safe?
Miracu threads are one of the safest things I can do. Pinky swear. Remember, surgeons have been using PDO threads for decades.
Q: How much does a PDO thread lift cost?
That’s a tough question because it varies depending on the type of thread and the number of threads used, which is tailored to the individual. If I had to give a range, I would say a few hundred dollars for the smaller threads and up to a few thousand for a lunchtime lift. I know, that’s a wide range, but think of it this way: the more you need, the more it will cost.
Q: How long does it take to get a PDO thread lift?
It never takes long, but the actual duration would depend on the type of the thread and the procedure being done. For example, getting a few smaller threads as an add on with Botox and filler would take just a few minutes. A full lunchtime lift, with multiple barb threads, would take longer, but still less than an hour. And did I mention there’s no downtime?
Q: Is PDO threading the same thing as a PDO thread lift?
I’m not quite sure what you mean? How do you define threading? Thread lifts involve barb threads that can reposition tissue to a higher place and create beautiful contours and lift. Threading might be referring to the smaller volume threads, which are used to treat wrinkles, crêpe skin, or sagging skin.
Q: Will PDO threads make me look younger?
The great thing about threads is their multifunctionality. If an anti-aging treatment is your goal, threads will absolutely achieve that for you. They can lift and provide volume, treat wrinkles, saggy skin, and that crepey skin we never thought we’d get! Threads can be used for brow lifts and brow symmetry, cheek lifts and definition; they can eliminate jowls, and improve marionette lines and nasal labial folds, or the lines going from the nose to mouth. Threads can also lift and tighten the neck, abs, and arms. They can even lift the breasts. Smaller threads can go anywhere in the body where there are lines, wrinkles, and texture issues. The hollow under the eyes... gone! The saggy, crêpe skin above the knees...nixed! I am such a huge fan of PDO threads. They are truly a game-changer.
If you have any additional questions I didn't cover here or are simply curious if this is right for you, I recommend you come in for a FREE consult at my office. To schedule call (561)357-2020.