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Thread Lift in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

This anti-aging procedure not only provides lift, but also creates brand-new collagen.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift in Palo Alto tightens sagging skin by inserting dissolvable, medical-grade organic thread material into the face and then literally pulling the skin up by tightening the thread. This type of procedure has been used since the 1990s, but over the years there have been huge advancements in the type of thread that is used. Because it delivers a natural-looking lift to the face and requires no cutting or stitching, this treatment is often referred to as a “non-surgical facelift”. 

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What areas can a thread lift address?

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Smile lines
  • Loose jowl skin
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Sagging neck skin

How a thread lift works

A thread lift uses a dissolvable, medical-grade thread that has a combination of small barbs and dissolving polydioxanone cones attached to it. This thread has been FDA approved and designed to easily go through the facial skin to safely lift sagging skin. The polydioxanone cones are responsible for lifting the face. They address the loose tissue under the skin, compressing and bringing tightness back into the tissues. In addition, as the threads slowly dissolve, they stimulate new collagen growth around the loose tissue. This creates a collagen “scaffold” under the skin, which helps it look more youthful. This is why it is sometimes called a non-surgical facelift.

What are the benefits of a thread lift?

  • No incisions or stitches
  • No scars
  • Minimal downtime
  • Natural-looking results
  • Less invasive than a facelift
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Thread lift procedure details

When you arrive for your Bay Area thread lift procedure, your face will be numbed with an injectable anesthetic. Your skin will be cleansed, then marked to help guide Dr. Hessler. She will create the entry and exit points on your face with a needle, and then the threading will begin. One side of the face is done at a time. Although “barbed thread” may sound painful, it is not. The threads are very small.

These threads will be pulled to lift the facial tissues upward, and the cones will engage the subcutaneous tissue to stimulate new collagen. The procedure typically takes one hour if being performed on its own. Because patients are numbed, there is minimal discomfort. However, you may be aware of a “clicking” or pulling sensation during treatment, or the feeling that your skin is becoming getting tighter.


One of the best things about a “non-surgical facelift” in the Bay Area is that there is very minimal downtime. Directly after the procedure, you will be able to go about your day as normal. Some patients experience slight swelling and/or soreness for a couple of days. 


Results can be seen immediately after treatment, and it will take 4 to 12 months for the threads to dissolve. Even after the threads dissolve, you will still have the benefit of the new collagen that has been produced. Many patients get repeat thread lift treatments, but with each treatment, you will need less threads. 

Am I a good candidate for a thread lift?

If you’re in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area and you’re interested in a thread lift, it may be the ideal procedure for you. A thread lift is a great option for younger patients (those in their 30s to 50s) who want a “pick-me-up” treatment and are looking for something in between dermal fillers and a traditional facelift. It is also an effective treatment for those who have had a facelift procedure that was done ten years ago or more. Those who have more severe sagging skin and neck bands do not make good candidates for a thread lift. 

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Combining a thread lift with other procedures

A thread lift in San Jose is a good alternative to dermal fillers because it looks so natural. It also is able to address areas of concern that dermal fillers cannot. However, a thread lift works beautifully alongside dermal fillers. When dermal fillers are administered after a thread lift, the effects of the lift are enhanced. A thread lift also works very well with other treatments such as skin resurfacing and microneedling.

Hessler Plastic Surgery for thread lift in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

When it comes to any procedure involving your face, it’s important that you only work with the best if you want attention to detail, safety, and a beautiful outcome. At Hessler Plastic Surgery, we provide exceptional care to go along with exceptional results. Dr. Jill Hessler delivers cutting-edge yet safe procedures, taking a comprehensive approach and attending to every detail.

You will find Hessler Plastic Surgery to be a luxurious environment where you are treated like family. Our team of registered nurses — personally trained and overseen by Dr. Hessler — make sure every detail is fully taken care of, from your initial consultation to your very last follow-up.

You will be fully informed about everything you need to know for both pre- and post-operative care. If you’re in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area and considering a thread lift, please contact us.

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