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April 20, 2021

Thread lifts vs Ultrasound Skin Treatments

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Thread lifts vs ultrasound skin treatments: What is the best choice for you?

Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity—such as jowls and drooping cheeks was a surgical facelift. However, not everyone today is willing or able to have surgery that comes with general anesthesia, 2 weeks of downtime, visible scars and some risks.

According to Boca Raton, FL plastic surgeon Jason Pozner, “Minimally invasive facial plastic surgery procedures are in demand today largely because they can produce visible results without the cost, downtime or risks associated with more invasive cosmetic surgery.”

Among the more popular options that have been introduced to fill in the gap between and injectable fillers are thread lifts and ultrasound skin treatments, and each confers their share of advantages.

What you need to know about Thread Lifts

Thread lifts are categorized as minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.  Due to vast improvements in older methods and technology, thread lifts are experiencing a resurgence in their popularity. In a nutshell, threads lift sagging mid-facial skin, including the cheeks and deeper folds, using temporary sutures.

“There are several types of thread lifts available today, including the Silhouette InstaLift , which uses polyglycolide/L-lactide stitches with tiny bi-directional cones to lift and suspend the deeper layers of your skin. Over time, the sutures are absorbed by the body where they stimulate collagen production underneath the skin. Collagen is the structural protein that gives skin the supple, elastic properties associated with youth,” explains Dr. Pozner.

NovaThreads, by contrast, are made with polydioxanone (PDO), a biocompatible material. The threads lift sagging skin and are safely reabsorbed by the body. NovaThreads may remain in place for about four to six months before they dissolve, and collagen stimulation lasts nine months or more. The same material used by surgeons who perform internal surgeries, so they are considered to be safe. What is unique about NovaThreads is that they are slightly thicker and also have tiny “barbs” or “hooks” to lift the skin.

What are the potential risks of a thread lift?

A thread lift is considered a minimally invasive procedure, rather than a noninvasive procedure such as Softwave Ultrasound.

The risks of a thread lift may include infection, prolonged swelling, bruising, displacement of the threads, asymmetrical results, and protrusion of the threads that may necessitate a second procedure.

Are you a candidate for a thread lift?

If you are concerned about sagging skin in your mid-face area, thread lifts may help to temporarily lift lax skin. Your doctor may suggest a thread lifting procedure to improve mild to moderate skin laxity. The procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and results can be seen as soon as the swelling resolves, usually within 1-2 weeks. Results vary, but in most cases, skin tightening and lifting results may last for 6-12 months, at which time additional threads may be inserted for greater lifting effects.

What you need to know about Ultrasound Skin Treatment with Sofwave

Dermatologists, plastic surgeons and cosmetic doctors are excited about Sofwave, the latest innovation in ultrasound skin treatments.  Sofwave is US Food and Drug Administration-cleared for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. Sofwave uses proprietary high intensity multiple ultrasound beam technology to target the tissue in the mid-dermis where it stimulates collagen and elastin stores without damaging the skin’s outer surface or any deeper structures. This helps to lift the skin in addition to filling in wrinkles and folds from the inside out.

An integrated cooling mechanism protects the uppermost skin layer from burning.  Treatment takes about 30 minutes and there is no downtime or pain after a Sofwave treatment. You can go right back to work or normal activities immediately after your treatment.

What are the potential risks of Sofwave?

Sofwave is a very safe non-invasive procedure. This novel configuration is a significantly better to precisely deliver energy deeply to the tissues your doctor wants to reach than other HIFU based technologies. It is a comfortable procedure that does not require numbing or local anesthesia, and there is no potential risk of injury to the skin’s surface due to the depth that the ultrasound reaches. In addition, because Sofwave’s low divergence multiple beam array is delivered through 7 cooled transducers directly into the epidermis, patients do not experience a burning sensation or painful treatment experience that may accompany other forms of ultrasound technology.

Are you a candidate for Sofwave?

If you are concerned about lines and wrinkles on your face and neck or loose skin underneath your neck or chin, Sofwave may be an ideal choice for you.  Results are apparent after just one brief 30-minute session, and in some cases, two sessions may be recommended for optimal cosmetic effects.

Talk to your doctor to learn which procedure is will best help you meet your cosmetic goals.

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