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Thread Lift vs. Facelift vs. FaceTite: The Essential Info

Thanks to some amazing research and strong scientific and technological advancements, there are a number of ways that we can achieve a facelift these days. In the past, there really was no real way of doing this beyond surgical intervention, but because we live in an era of innovation, we have a facelift option for almost anyone.

The key, though, is knowing which facelift option is the perfect one for you, so we’ve put together this comprehensive round-up for our top facelift procedures, to help you make the right choice for your anatomy and goals.

Who is Thread Lifting For?

Thread lifting is a non-surgical treatment that is the most minimally invasive facelift treatment out there with minimal downtime. It won’t get you as dramatic a result as a surgical facelift, of course, but not everyone needs a facelift procedure right away, and not everyone is ready for surgery.

Thread lifting works by inserting dissolvable surgical sutures also known as PDO threads just underneath the surface of the skin in target areas of the face, and manipulating them in such a way that they lift and hold your skin tissue up, while also stimulating the production of collagen in your body.

We recommend the thread lift for anyone who is:

  • Showing mild to moderate signs of skin laxity on the face, typically anyone within the ages of 30-50 that has begun to display some moderate signs of ageing.
  • Looking to add definition to the jawline to counter jowling and sagging skin.
  • Looking to tighten skin in the neck area and stimulate the production of collagen.

Again, it’s important to keep in mind that the thread lift result is subtle but effective. If you’re looking for a more dramatic result you may fall more into the facelift or FaceTite categories.

Thread Lifting Recovery

The beauty of the thread lift is that because it’s a non-surgical treatment and minimally invasive it has a pretty tame recovery period.

What you can expect from a thread lift recovery is:

  • Around 2-3 days of social downtime.
  • Some mild bruising, swelling, and soreness in the treated area.
  • Potential dimpling and tightening of the skin for about 2-3 days.
  • Avoiding vigorous exercise, the sun, extreme facial expressions and sleeping on your face for about 2-3 weeks.

Who is the Right Candidate for a Facelift?

The traditional facelift is one of our most popular surgical procedures and we’ve been performing it for years. If you’re looking for the most dramatic and long lasting result then the surgical facelift is the way to go.

The surgical facelift tightens not only the skin on your face but your underlying facial muscles as well. Neck, chin, and jawline contour are also improved by removing any excess skin and/or fat.

We recommend the surgical facelift for anyone who:

  • Has moderate to more pronounced skin laxity on the face.
  • Still has some skin elasticity and good bone structure.
  • Is typically between the ages of 40-70, though the surgery can be performed on younger patients.
  • Is looking for a dramatic, long-lasting, skin tightening and contouring result.

It’s important to keep in mind that although the facelift does last for many years, it’s not permanent in that it can’t stop the process of ageing. You will still continue to age, however your surgical result will ultimately slow this process down. We often recommend non-surgical procedures such as FaceTite to help maintain your result over time.

Facelift Recovery

The traditional facelift is the most invasive of all facelift procedures as it does require surgery, meaning that there is a lengthy recovery period.

What you can expect from a facelift recovery is:

  • A minimum of one week off of work and regular activities, though many patients prefer closer to 10 days or two weeks before returning to work.
  • One month before resuming strenuous exercise.
  • Bruising and swelling on the face can be intense immediately following surgery and typically gets worse before it gets better. The bulk of the bruising and swelling tends to subside within two weeks.
  • Your final and optimal surgical results will continue to improve in the months following your surgery.

Is FaceTite for Me?

FaceTite can be viewed as a sort of minimally invasive treatment that falls between the thread lift and a facelift. It’s much more aggressive than a thread lift, with some downtime to be expected but it’s not surgery.

FaceTite uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to ultimately tighten the skin on the face. It’s more about tightening than lifting, as it has the capability to shrink tissue, melt fat, and boost collagen production. It often pairs well with a facelift surgery, but can be done all on its own.

We recommend FaceTite for anyone who:

  • Would like to address skin laxity or sagging skin in areas of the face such as the cheeks, jowls, chin, and neck.
  • Would like to tighten the skin on the face or neck.
  • Is looking to stimulate collagen production.
  • Is looking for more definition and contour in specific areas of the face.

FaceTite Recovery

FaceTite is not surgery but it does require more downtime than your typical non-surgical treatment.

What you can expect from a FaceTite recovery is:

  • 4-5 days of social downtime.
  • Bruising and swelling on the face for approximately one week, but can last up to two.
  • Taking a break from vigorous exercise for approximately one week following treatment.
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