Lifting threads are a non-surgical way to tighten and lift your skin from the inside. At Beauty Boost, we often use them to help reduce nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines.
Lifting threads are a great alternative to cheek fillers, which can sometimes broaden the face. Instead of adding volume, they reposition fat tissue that is falling down due to age and loss of collagen. The threads effectively reposition the skin to where it used to be. By pulling the cheeks back with the lifting threads, we can get rid of smile lines as well as a bit of jowl heaviness.
One of our favorite things about lifting threads is that you can see a little bit of lift right away after treatment. In two weeks when the inflammation goes down, you can see even more, and you will continue to get the collagen stimulation benefits over the next three to six months.
The collagen will give you even more skin texture improvement over time. It just keeps getting better!
Smooth threads are another nonsurgical skin tightening option. They use a similar technology to lifting threads, but they create more gradual results and sometimes work better in different areas of the face.
One of our favorite applications of smooth threads is to reduce mild laxity in the submentum, or the space between the head and neck. Kybella is great for getting rid of fat in the chin and neck, but it’s not a good option for patients who just have a little bit of skin laxity.
Smooth threads do not pull the skin back the way lifting threads do. Instead, they simply stimulate collagen to help the skin naturally retract and tighten over the months following treatment. We typically do a crosshatch pattern of smooth threads to stimulate collagen throughout the treatment area.
With smooth threads, you don’t see results right away. Smooth threads just hang out in the skin and stimulate collagen production over time. Over the next six months, while your skin is breaking down the thread, the collagen stimulation starts and you get a beautiful tightening effect.