What if you could lift and tighten sagging skin without exercise? Sounds like my kind of deal, but I am not kidding. According to dermatologist Michael S. Kaminer, this is indeed possible.
For patients with moderate signs of aging
who are looking for a little "lift" without resorting to a facelift, a new FDA-approved thread lift
procedure is becoming a popular non-surgical option. The threadlift procedure
uses tiny suture-like hooks implanted underneath the hairline to pull the skin upward. When Dr. Kaminer slides the sagging facial areas into place, patients participate by watching this process in the mirror to ensure the amount of lift or tightening they expect is achieved. Although results are not permanent, Dr. Kaminer estimates that these new threads are expected to last seven to 10 years, considerably longer than previous versions.
"This simple, in-office procedure is very tolerable for patients, requiring only a local anesthetic and about an hour or two of their time," said Dr. Kaminer. "While a thread lift alone works extremely well to improve sagging skin
, results can be greatly enhanced when paired with a resurfacing procedure or filler
, which I recommend having about three to four weeks apart."