Thread Lifts for Men
This month at La Belle Vie, we’re showing some love to the guys by celebrating Father’s Day all month long. Almost a third of our patients are men seeking to look their best just as much as women. If you’re a guy looking to improve the look of sagging eyebrows, jowls, or loose skin around the neck, a thread lift might be the perfect solution.
Thread lifts—also known as lunchtime lifts because they typically take an hour or less—are one of the best procedures you can add to your feel-good toolbox. Why? A thread lift is a quick and non-invasive way to dramatically change your appearance right away. With many cosmetic procedures, you have to wait weeks or months to see the difference, but a lunchtime lift corrects facial laxity immediately. Want to know how it works? Keep reading.
What the Heck Is a Thread Lift?
Thread lifts are like mini facelifts. They are cheaper and less invasive than a traditional facelift, and while the results are usually not as exaggerated, many men and women prefer them because they appear more natural.
As the name suggests, your provider uses medical-grade threads that pull up and tighten your facial skin to correct sagging of the eyelids and eyebrows, the nasolabial folds (those deep lines between the corners of your mouth and your nose), neck tissue, and jowls.
The procedure is two-fold. The fine, absorbable polypropylene (PDO) threads are inserted into the subcutaneous layer of your skin. They are then tightened—essentially “lifting” loose, saggy skin and giving your noticeable results within the hour. But since the threads are barbed, they also cause micro-injuries that contract the tissues and stimulate collagen production. After a few months, the threads are simply absorbed by your body, and the new collagen takes their place.
The best part of the lunchtime lift is that no incisions are involved, and you won’t need to worry about scarring. Unlike surgical facelifts, There is no need for traditional anesthesia and no significant downtime.
What Areas Does a Thread Lift Treat?
What part of your appearance can a thread lift work for? Thread lifts are designed to target areas that typically lose laxity over time. Although some clients request thread lifts for parts of the body other than the face, most people schedule them for sagging, looseness, and drooping of the:
- Nasolabial folds
Recovery From a Thread Lift—Can I Go Right Back to Work?
It depends a lot on your job. If you have a non-strenuous position, you can usually return to work the same day if you want to. However, if your work is physically demanding and strenuous, you might want a couple of days off. Excessive movement and activity can snap the threads and cause the treatment to fail.
At La Belle Vie, we will provide you with instructions on when you can resume normal activities. Naturally, it will depend on how many threads are used and your particular situation. However, Some general guidelines include:
Refrain from showering, swimming or getting your face wet for at least 12 hours. When you do cleanse, be careful not to scrub or tug vigorously or use exfoliators, as this can irritate the skin. Also, you should wait for 24 to 48 hours before applying skincare products or makeup.
You can resume exercise within a day or two, but be careful not to overdo it. While a thread lift is not nearly as complicated as a lift that requires incisions, it’s still a good idea to take it easy. You should stick to walking and light exercise for a few days while you heal from the procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects or Risks To Thread Lifts?
No cosmetic procedure is without risks. In comparison to a traditional facelift, however, a thread lift is much safer. Since it requires no incisions and minimal downtime, side effects are rare, and if they happen, they usually consist of bleeding or infection.
Patients should expect minor effects like tenderness, bruising, pain, or swelling, which will go away within a couple of days and certainly within two weeks.
Other side effects may include dimpling of the skin, asymmetry of the face, and of course, disappointment if the procedure does not work as well as you had hoped.
Does a thread lift hurt?
Our professionals will apply a local anesthetic, but there can still be some discomfort with a thread lift procedure, especially when the threads are tightened. While it’s less uncomfortable than a standard surgical facelift, it’s likely to sting a little more than an injectable filler, for example.
After the appointment, your face may feel uncomfortable for a few days. However, a regular over-the-counter pain med is generally sufficient to treat any lingering pain.
How Long Do the Results of a Thread Lift for Men Last?
Naturally, it will vary from guy to guy. Still, most will notice immediate lifting and tightening effects that gradually settle after about a week, when the lift will begin to look more natural. In about one to two months, as your body produces more collagen, you will likely see firmer, smoother skin with better texture.
The results from the procedure can last from one to three years. Once the original threads are absorbed, a patient can come in for a fresh set of sutures to maintain their youthful look.
At La Belle Vie in Draper, Utah, some of our happiest clients are men! We offer a wide range of services for guys, including:
And much more!