Patients around the globe are thrilled with a new technique to lift and tighten the face without going under the knife. Thread lifting, also referred to as the “lunch time lift” because it can often be performed in one hour, uses absorbable, bio-compatible sutures that help stimulate collagen production to firm up the skin and visibly lift the cheeks, jawline, double chin, and eyebrows -- for a more youthful appearance, with minimal downtime.
Our facial cosmetic surgery practice provides the highest quality care in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Dr. Michael Morrissette is a cosmetic surgeon, board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery, with a focus on cosmetic treatments for the face. With decades of experience and a commitment to surgical excellence, Dr. Morrissette proudly serves the Ventura and Santa Barbara communities.
How Is Thread Lifting Performed?
The thread lift procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and typically only takes 1 to 2 hours. The surgeon inserts tiny threads—bio-absorbable sutures – under the skin of the face. The sutures attach to skin tissue and are pulled back to lift and smooth sagging areas. They contain cones or knots to help hold the skin in place, which also stimulates collagen production. These sutures break down and are absorbed by the body in approximately 6 to 8 months. The results, however, can last 15 months to 3 years or longer.
Before the threads are inserted, the face is marked to show points of entry, exit points, and directional vectors. Threads may be single or bi-directional. Some areas, such as the cheeks, may need looping threads or multiple threads to create more volume for a youthful appearance.
Using the latest techniques, no incision is made to insert the thread, only a puncture wound made with a needle as the thread is inserted along the marked lines. Once the thread is tightened, cones or hooks in the threads help to hold the skin in the new, lifted position. After the procedure, the threads are invisible, but the results can be seen right away and continue to improve for approximately 2 months as the body produces more collagen in the areas of the sutures.
This procedure can be performed in combination with platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment for even more dramatic results. In this technique, the surgeon draws the patient’s own blood, from which platelet rich plasma is harvested. PRP is injected along the lines of the threads to boost production of collagen and elastin to further lift and tighten the skin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Thread Lifting?
Thread lifting offers excellent results with a quick recovery, no scarring, no general anesthesia, and no hospital stay. It is generally safer, less invasive, and much more affordable than traditional facelift surgery.
This procedure is most effective on skin with minimal sagging – for women and men between the ages of 40 and 60. It is more effective and longer lasting than Botox and fillers and particularly effective for rejuvenation of the brows, cheeks, jowls, and neck area.
Thread Lifting Surgeon in Ventura and Santa Barbara
Dr. Michael Morrissette focuses on beautiful results that are natural looking and undetectable. He understands that you want to reverse the obvious signs of aging for a more refreshed and youthful appearance—and what you don’t need is a tight, unnatural look that prompts others to question whether you have had “work done.”
If you are ready for facial rejuvenation in a less invasive procedure with very little downtime and results that are visible immediately, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morrissette. He can tell you if you if you are a good candidate for a thread lifting procedure.