Instalift threads are threads of suture material that are run underneath the skin to literally “pick up” and lift heavy or sagging skin. It is best used in the cheeks and along the jawline and neck. Not only does it create an instant lift, months later, but the suture material also stimulates collagen production and volumization to keep the face and neck youthful and the skin radiant. Over time the suture material is biodegraded in the skin and the volume created by your own body remains for a long-lasting result.
If you are interested in learning more about the instalift/thread lift treatment or would like to speak with one of our Board-Certified dermatologists, schedule an appointment or give us a call at (770) 464-6000.
Perfect For: Heavy nasolabial folds (smile lines), jowls, sagging neck and jawline
Procedure Time: 45 min
Recovery Type & Time: No makeup x 2 days; possible swelling and bruising x 1 week
Results: 1-2 years
Once you are marked and numbed, there are puncture holes made in the center of the area to be lifted – this is the entry point for the suture. Then Dr. Steele Johnson inserts the thread and threads it underneath the skin to the bottom of the area to be lifted and brings it out, then she takes the other end and threads it to the top of the area to be lifted and brings it out there. The two ends of the thread exit the skin at the top and bottom, and Dr. Steele Johnson pulls on both ends like a pulley to lift the skin to the desired position. Although it may sound uncomfortable, the layer of skin through which the thread is pulled doesn’t have many nerves, so it actually isn’t painful at all. Once the threads are in place, the tails that are sticking out of the skin are snipped and it is all under the skin.
The entry point puncture sites take 2-3 days to heal, so you cannot wear makeup during that healing process. Otherwise, you may have some swelling and some bruising under the skin for up to a week, but once the holes are healed then you can wear makeup. The swelling will likely only be noticeable to you. You want the threads to stay in place, so you will want to avoid excess movement of the head and neck for 1-2 weeks.
The effects of Instalift/Thread Lift will last for up to 2 years, especially with the collagen and volume producing aspect of the treatment. However, you will continue to age over that time and may need additional fillers, procedures, or laser treatments in that time to maintain your appearance. After 9-12 months you may also consider additional threads.
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With offices conveniently located in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Steele Dermatology offers Instalift/Thread Lifts for patients looking for a non-surgical alternative to the traditional facelift. To learn more, schedule an appointment or give us a call at (770) 464-6000.