“Instant lifting for face and neck, plus long-term collagen growth – these Lifting Threads are amazing!”
More and more patients are seeking non-surgical ways to lift and rejuvenate the face and neck. Whether they’re short on time before a big event, swore to themselves they’d never have surgery, or simply aren’t ready yet and want to delay a procedure, the search for a treatment that lifts the face without surgery is important to them. If this sounds like you, then the new thread lifts1 from Nova and Silhouette may be the perfect solution.
”It is amazing .. what a difference between before and after with the silhouette instalift! It was the best thing I could have done … I love it.”
–38fabulous2016 on RealSelf.com
- 1 What Can Thread Lifts Be Used to Treat?
- 2 BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- 3 Which Brands of Thread Lifts Does Reflections Offer?
- 4 How Are These Thread Lifts Different from Thread Lifts Before?
- 5 Finding a Skilled Injector for Your Thread Lift
What Can Thread Lifts Be Used to Treat?
These threads are injected into the skin to provide immediate lift and slowly dissolve over 6 to 9 months, helping the body to grow new collagen in their stead, for long-lasting and natural results. They allow us to create natural-looking improvements for:
Non Surgical Face Lift
Jowls and looseness along the jawline are two of the most common early signs of aging that patients complain about in their 40’s and 50’s. These threads help lift the face by first lifting back up the fallen upper cheeks and then lifting and tightening along the jawline. This one-two punch creates a natural result, similar to what a Mini Facelift can provide, without any of the recovery and downtime of surgery.
Because of the short downtime and immediate results2, this is our favorite nonsurgical face lift option.
Non Surgical Neck Lift
Neck sag is a very common complaint we hear. Many patients don’t want to have a neck lift surgery – either they aren’t ready to commit to surgery or they simply don’t have the downtime and want to look good for an upcoming event. Thread lifts for the neck offer a nice alternative because there’s almost no downtime and the results are immediate. The other nonsurgical neck lift options we have, like ThermiTight, PrecisionTX, Ulthera, and Thermage all work by using heat technology to injure the collagen, spurring the body to repair and rebuild that collagen over the next few months. These treatments create natural, beautiful results, but they don’t work for patients who are pressed for time. Both PDO Threads and Silhouette Soft offer neck tightening treatments that give immediate results. As the fibers dissolve, they too spur the body to create new collagen.
So you get the best of both worlds with these threads – the immediate results of a surgery, without the downtime, and the collagen-building results of a technology.
Non Surgical Brow Lift
Traditionally, brow lifts have only been accomplished by 1 of 2 methods – a brow lift surgery, or Botox injections can create a “brow-lift-like” result in certain patients (this requires the patient have a certain type of facial anatomy to work well and appear natural, so it’s not an option for everyone). Lifting threads offer a nice alternative because there’s almost no downtime, but you get true lifting of the brow3.
Lip Lines and Poorly Defined Lip Borders
Many women lose the definition of their cupid’s bow and lip borders as they age. This makes thin lips appear even smaller, as they lack structure and volume. Many times this is accompanied by deep lip lines or “smoker’s lines” that extend throughout the white portion of the lips, up to the nose and down to the chin. The Nova PDO brand of threads offers a wonderful ability to create support mesh for lip lines as well as a defined border for the lips.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
Which Brands of Thread Lifts Does Reflections Offer?
Reflections is proud to provide patients in New Jersey with both of the top brands for dissolving thread lifts. Both Nova and Silhouette manufacture a range of thread types, and each has its best uses. So by offering both brands and the full range of threads from each, we’re able to place the right threads in the right treatment areas, customized to fit the patients’ needs and budget.
Silhouette Soft Instalift provides the most dramatic lifting for the lower face.
Nova offers several different types of PDO Threads4 which can be used to create support mesh for weak and thin skin (think crow’s feet and lips), define the lip border, create lift for the brows, define the jawline, and lift and support drooping neck skin.
How Are These Thread Lifts Different from Thread Lifts Before?
In the past, plastic surgeons tried to use sutures to lift the face and neck. They would stitch below the skin to create a lifted look and then tie off the stitches. Oftentimes they used barbed stitches for this so that they could lift the skin and hold it in place. Unfortunately, these sutures weren’t made to hold the weight of that tissue over the long haul. These threads would break and create ripples and weird contours as some of the lifted tissue fell down, while the barbs held other parts up5. Even worse, they were nearly impossible to remove. It was a disaster. The FDA quickly banned these lifts from the market.
The new threads lifts are made from dissolving sutures. They are easily removed in case of complication or regret. Still, you want to see a skilled physician for your treatment, to ensure they are placed in such a way to create natural-looking results.
Finding a Skilled Injector for Your Thread Lift
One of the only drawbacks we’ve seen with these new thread lifts is the lack of technical skill mastery by some providers. If you think about why facelifts fail – because some physicians don’t understand how to achieve a natural lift and accurately restore tissues to their previous locations – then it makes sense why a new tool executing this old technique doesn’t yield any better of a result.
It also starts to make sense why you’d trust a facial plastic surgeon renowned for his natural-looking facelifts to perform your thread lift. That’s why Dr. Karolak is the only physician in our practice performing the Silhouette Instalift. He’s a board certified facial plastic surgeon who spends the vast majority of his time performing face and neck lifts.
The Nova PDO threads procedures are performed by other cosmetic physicians because those behave more like dermal fillers, and these physicians are skilled at injecting.
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