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Thread Lift Procedure

While it is true that the cumulative effects of aging—including collagen loss, sun damage, loss of facial fat and genetics—can take a dramatic toll on your facial appearance, invasive surgery is not a necessity to outwardly turn back the hands of time. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a thread lift procedure can help men and women tighten and lift sagging facial skin through the use of safe, absorbable sutures.

This simple, minimally-invasive procedure, which many have coined the "lunchtime lift," provides natural, lasting results without the downtime or scarring that typically occurs with traditional facelift surgeries.

If you want to restore a more youthful appearance to your face without going under the knife, schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional in that specializes in the thread lift. Call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Candidates for the Thread Face Lift Procedure

Prior to the procedure, you will meet with your healthcare provider to discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for a thread lift and your expectations for the procedure.

The best candidates for a thread lift are men and women between the age of 30 and 60 who are experiencing mild to moderate sagging and drooping in their cheeks, jawline and neck who want to take years off their face without the risk or recovery of traditional, more invasive skin tightening procedures.

While a thread lift can deliver astounding results, the results are not as dramatic as a traditional facelift. If you have severe skin sagging, you may not achieve the results you desire with a thread lift alone. Your healthcare provider can discuss a full range of surgical and non-surgical options which may be more appropriate for your skin needs.

What to Expect During Your Thread Face Lift Procedure

If you are deemed a good candidate for a thread face lift, the procedure can be completed in the office of your healthcare provider in under two hours. You will be given a local anesthetic which will numb the treatment area(s), and your healthcare provider will mark the areas to be treated.

Your healthcare provider will then insert fine polydioxanone (PDO) threads which are surgical sutures typically utilized in cardiothoracic surgery. The threads will attach to fat beneath your skin, providing a natural-looking lift. Once inserted, your body will begin a process of controlled healing, in which collagen forms around each thread. Your body will slowly absorb these threads over time without scar tissue formation, leaving new healthy collagen in its place.

Your healthcare provider may recommend over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to manage your discomfort immediate following your thread lift. You may have mild swelling or bruising which typically subsides within a week. You should avoid vigorous activity for a few days following the procedure.

Thread Lift Results

For some, the results of a thread lift are immediate. However, more noticeable results appear in the weeks that follow your procedure as the swelling and bruising subside. You will continue to see results improve as new collagen forms in the cheeks, jowls and neck over the course of several months.

As you continue to age, your need for additional threads may too. Additional threads can always be added to further enhance or prolong your results. What's more, if you decide to elect a different or more invasive procedure in the future, you can do so without risk of agitating these threads, as the threads will be absorbed by your body.

To schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider in that specializes in the thread lift, call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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