About Thread Lifts
The thread lift, sometimes called feather lift or 'lunchtime lift', is a minimally-invasive alternative to a surgical facelift (or minilift) for patients who are currently foregoing surgery or are unable to have cosmetic surgery due to their health restrictions. During your consultation at our Today's Cosmetic Surgery office in Pittsburgh, PA, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Chiu, who is experienced in the art of facelifts and facial plastic surgery, will determine if you are a good candidate for the Silhouette Instalift or Nova Threads, two threadlifts utilizing new technology employing absorbable sutures to lift and contour the mid and lower face and neck. Attached to the fine threads are tiny unidirectional or bidirectional cones/attachments that lift and tighten the skin while simultaneously causing inflammation, which helps to stimulate collagen growth over time. Due to the noninvasive nature of the procedure, the patient will not need to be administered anesthesia. This is performed as an outpatient procedure at our office in Pittsburgh, PA, and we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us today.
The best candidates for a thread lift are:
- Patients who are experiencing wrinkled, loose, or sagging skin.
- Patients who wish to contour their facial appearance and are not candidates for surgery.
- Patients who seek complementary treatment to other nonsurgical procedures such as dermal fillers and botox.
"I’ve had nothing but great experiences at Today’s Cosmetic Surgey. Dr. Chiu and Sara are professional, compassionate, and experts at what they do. I have been getting Juvederm injections in my lips there for almost 2 years. My lips ALWAYS look amazing, natural, and just the right amount of full. I was very nervous when I went in for my first time because there are so many horror stories of lip injections. However, my lips have exceeded my expectations every time and Dr. Chiu is truly an artist. I would recommend him to anyone!"- C.P. / Google / Nov 19, 2017
"I rate Dr Chiu the best of the best! I had Blepharoplasty on my upper lids. My eyes are beautiful noone would know , I don't have a visible scar to be seen. Since then I go regulary to have filler and botox around my lips, frown lines etc. It always looks natural not overdone. Dr. Chiu is very compassionate and takes great pride in his art! He is a perfectionist ! Also Sara is a joy to talk to and very organized, she assits Dr. Chiu in his practice. Highly recommended !!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 15, 2018
"On going improvements - I met Dr. Chiu 8 years ago. He knows exactly what I am looking for. I want to keep on looking natural and not overdone. He is a true professional and extremely knowledgeable. I finally decided to have my eyes done last February. I couldn’t be happier. I am his patient forever!Sylvie"- Anonymous / Vitals / Dec 20, 2017
"The best! - Dr. Chiu is incredible. If you are considering botox or filler or anything for that matter, He is the best. He is methodical and a perfectionist. I've had botox other places and there is no comparison. He is so talented, there is virtually no pain and he takes his time to study exactly where to place the filler etc. His assistant Sara is so welcoming and kind and always follows up after your visit to ensure you are satisfied. I highly recommend going to Dr. Chiu for a natural result performed by a talented Plastic surgeon. Why would you trust your face to anyone else?"- Anonymous / Vitals / Dec 15, 2017
"Eyelids Done 7 Years Ago and Still Looking Really Good. - I have been treating with Dr. Chiu since 2011. All of my appointments and treatments have been great. Many of my friends and family have come to open houses at his office, and several have been or are being treated by Dr. Chiu. Sara is wonderful as well. Dr. Chiu is very conservative with any treatment or surgery. From going to his many open houses over the years, I have met with lots of his patients. Everyone is very happy and looks fresh, not like these movie stars. He will not overdo anything. Dr. Chiu and Sara give clear and concise instructions prior to surgery and/or treatments. Following these instructions is important to achieve the best outcome possible."- D. / RealSelf / Dec 12, 2017
What to Expect
During a thread lift procedure, entrance and exit points are marked, and a needle with the absorbable thread is placed in the treatment area. The skin is then tightened by pulling the thread in the desired direction. This is performed as a minor procedure in our office. Patients will be awake during the procedure. A thread lift typically takes about 1 hour depending on the area of the face being lifted. Patients can return to work usually within 3 days after the procedure and should allow about 2 weeks before resuming physical activities.
Thread lifts can yield visible results directly after the procedure. The area of treatment will present a more contoured look for the patient. Results will vary from patient to patient, but can last up to 18 months. Additional threads may need to be used after the initial procedure to maintain results. Thread lifts combined with other nonsurgical procedures including dermal fillers and botox may achieve optimal results.
Plan Your Procedure
Present a More Contoured Face
If you have loose, wrinkled, or drooping skin, then a thread lift can be an effective, longer-lasting way to achieve a firmer, more contoured look. Thread lifts are great for patients who are looking for something minimally invasive and nonsurgical. We invite you to schedule a private consultation at our Pittsburgh, PA office today to learn more about the procedure.