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 Am Super Happy with This Practice. - I have seen Dr. Chiu for several years and have had both botox and fillers. I had been contemplating a lower lift for some time but held off; first because of the expense and also I thought it might look like I had surgery. I finally talked myself into the surgery and it was well worth the expense. I'm extremely happy with the results; I know he took at least ten years off of my face and neck without any visible signs. I have total confidence in Dr. Chiu and was very glad a friend recommended him. Sara is very accomodating and makes you feel so welcome."- V / RealSelf / May 17, 2019
"We (twins) got lip fillers from Dr. Chiu and we are extyhappy with how they turned out! They look very natural and smooth just how we wanted. He takes great pride in his work and we would definitely recommend him to anyone we know!!"- S.A. / Google / Feb 01, 2019
"BLUF: Dr. Chiu is a brilliant surgeon. If you want natural-looking results, he is your doctor! When I was considering rhinoplasty seriously a couple of years ago it took me a while to find a surgeon I could trust and had the right credentials. I went to three surgeons, including Dr. Chiu, and found him to be the best fit. Dr. Chiu is incredibly realistic when it comes to bringing harmony to the face and took the time to explain what would work the best not only aesthetically but also for my overall health. For rhinoplasty, you want to look good but still be able to breathe normally. Rhinoplasty is his speciality and after having this procedure done by Dr. Chiu I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking this procedure. He considered my total facial structure in his renderings to give me an idea what my new nose would look like. Our goal was to take the focus away from my nose; I no longer wanted that feature to be where everyone’s eyes were drawn. Dr. Chiu does his surgeries at Upper St. Clair hospital and only has the best surgical staff working with him. I was well taken care of and was in surgery for approximately four hours. Following surgery, I was released to go home to recover. I was expecting some discomfort the first night; however, my discomfort was not from any pain but from having to sleep upright. I prescribed some pain medication but I never needed it. I suffered from ZERO bruising! Most post-op photos show significant bruising from rhinoplasty, but I did not have a single one. I was swollen, puffy, and a tad stiff for a while following the procedure but experiencing no pain. I was able to return to work less than 7 days following the procedure and very few people were able to tell I had something done due to lack of bruising. It took about one year for the results of the surgery to settle in, and Dr. Chiu did emphasize that would indeed be the case. It has been 13 months at the time of this post, and I couldn’t be happier with my new nose! It fits the rest of my face, I have full functionality (no issues breathing), and you cannot see the small incision at all. Dr. Chiu is incredibly thorough and highly skilled. What I respect most about him and his practice, though, is that he gives you realistic expectations and explains the why/how to his methods. If you are seeking natural and harmonizing results for your looks, Dr. Chiu should absolutely be at the top of your list! I also want to point out that Sara is wonderful! She makes sure you have every piece of information you could possibly need from scheduling, financing, and answers all questions promptly. I am so glad to have chosen to trust Dr. Chiu and Sara with my face! I will be a lifelong customer as I continue through life and the aging process."- E.C. / Google / Mar 21, 2021
"Fantastic surgeon - I couldn’t be happier with my new nose! It fits the rest of my face - When I was considering rhinoplasty seriously a couple of years ago it took me a while to find a surgeon I could trust and had the right credentials. I went to three surgeons, including Dr. Chiu, and found him to be the best fit. Dr. Chiu is incredibly realistic when it comes to bringing harmony to the face and took the time to explain what would work the best not only aesthetically but also..."- O. / RealSelf / Mar 20, 2021
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.