Threadlift Specialist

Dermatology Arts

Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology located in South Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

Sagging skin results in features like jowls, drooping eyelids, and large wrinkles on the cheeks that influence the shape and contours of your face. With a threadlift by the board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology Arts in South Pasadena and Arcadia, California, you can lift and tighten your facial skin for 1-3 years without surgery. Find out if a threadlift is the best choice for you by calling either of the offices or booking a visit online today.

Threadlift Q & A

What is a threadlift?

A threadlift is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that offers similar, yet more subtle, results to a typical facelift. During a threadlift, your dermatologist feeds dissolvable, biocompatible polydioxanone (PDO) threads under your skin through incisions near your forehead and temples. They then pull the threads upward to elevate your sagging facial skin.


Another name for a threadlift is a barbed suture lift because the “threads” are barbed so that they stay under your skin, grip the tissue, and effectively lift it upward. The team at Dermatology Arts leaves the threads under your skin because they later dissolve naturally after your skin heals around them. 

Compared with facelift surgery, the more traditional option for elevating sagging facial skin, a threadlift is much less invasive and doesn’t require general anesthesia. It may be the better option if you have a busy lifestyle and can’t take time off work or from taking care of your family during a long recovery. 

Which features does a threadlift treat?

A threadlift is a semi-permanent treatment for the features that develop over time because of loss of collagen and elastin in your skin. These two proteins are essential to your skin’s structure, with collagen adding firmness and elastin adding tightness. When you lose them over time, you see features like:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Jowls
  • Drooping eyelids

While a threadlift offers moderate tightening and lifting, it won’t affect features on your skin’s surface like hyperpigmentation, scars, or large pores. If you would also like to address these features in treatment, Dermatology Arts offers several skin rejuvenation options to add to your treatment plan. 

What should I expect after a threadlift?

You might choose to take some time off after your threadlift, but most people can safely return to work right away. The recovery is nowhere near as lengthy or complicated as recovery after plastic surgery. 

The results are apparent right away, but you might have some slight swelling and bruising for a few days or weeks. This is normal and not a cause for concern. 

The effects of a threadlift last beyond the time it takes for the threads to dissolve. This is because the threads disrupt your skin as your dermatologist inserts them, which causes collagen and elastin to develop around the threads. The collagen and elastin offer structure to your skin that outlasts the threads themselves, and you can see your results for 1-3 years. 

To learn more about threadlifts and see if the treatment is right for you, call Dermatology Arts or schedule a consultation online today.