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
"Love the Results! - Had a great experience with Dr. Chiu - he is an extremely talented surgeon and I'm really happy with the results of my surgery. Additionally, the process was a lot easier than I anticipated and I had very little pain."- C.D. / RealSelf / May 01, 2019
"I Had an Amazing Experience - Dr. Chiu is the most gifted plastic surgeon. I chose Dr. Chiu for his excellent reputation, kindness, and calm demeanor. He is one of only two facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons here in Pittsburgh, and he is the single one to whom other doctors refer their most difficult cases. I was a revision case and my face had been full of filler. Dr. Chiu took his time with me. He was able to..."- H. / RealSelf / Mar 04, 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
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.