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
"Absolutely the best!"- C. / Healthgrades / May 12, 2018
"Love my fresh eyes! - For years I was very self conscious about my puffy eyes. I felt like I always looked tired even when I wasn’t and my makeup bag was filled with concealer products that I had to use several times a day. Dr Chiu did my upper and lower blepharoplasty in early December. I followed his instructions carefully (sleeping in a recliner, cool packs, etc.) Amazingly, I had almost no bruising and very l..."- K. / RealSelf / Mar 19, 2018
"My experience with my surgery was nothing less than spectacular! Dr.Chiu made me pretty again! The whole procedure went so smoothly. Sara makes everything come together,she is fantastic. I had no bruising or pain. My recovery was amazing. St. Claire hospital was wonderful. If anyone is looking or considering cosmetic surgery,look no further,Dr. Chiu is the surgeon you need and want."- A.K. / Google / Mar 10, 2018
"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
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.