Technological advancements have made it possible for women and men to counteract the signs of aging with a variety of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. Not only do these procedures offer safe and effective results, but they also have little to no downtime.
In fact, many patients are turning to non-invasive options like dermal fillers and thread lifts to achieve facial rejuvenation that rivals a traditional facelift.
However, before undergoing either treatment, it’s important to determine which option may best meet your needs and goals.
Here’s everything you need to know about smoothing and lifting skin and refreshing your appearance with dermal fillers or a thread lift.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that are used to treat age-related volume loss and moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. They may be comprised of poly-L-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, but most are made of hyaluronic acid because of its efficacy and high safety profile.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
When administered under the skin, but above connective tissue, dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, plump and hydrate deflated and sagging skin.
They can offer correction to nasolabial folds, marionette lines, sunken cheeks, vertical lines around the lips, hollow temples, under eye circles, and thin or poorly-defined lips.
What’s a Thread Lift?
Whereas dermal fillers add volume to repair sagging skin, a thread lift employs sutures that tighten and lift skin on the mid-face, neck, brows, nose, and chin.
Today’s thread lifts use absorbable sutures and provide very natural looking results. This is quite different from older techniques that involved permanent and problematic sutures with more artificial outcomes.
How Do Thread Lifts Work?
Thread lifts incorporate sutures of varying lengths that contain cones, barbs, or cogs that anchor to skin and pull it up vertically. These threads may be made of PDO (Polydioxonone) or PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) to provide instant lifting effects.
However, they also stimulate the production of new collagen to support skin once the threads dissolve.
How Long Do These Facial Rejuvenation Options Last?
The longevity of either treatment often depends on the type of filler or thread used. Nevertheless, on average, dermal fillers can last 6-12 months, while a thread lift can last 1.5 to 2 years.
To learn more about non-surgical facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers or a thread lift, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.