What Is a Thread Lift?
A thread lift (often referred to as a PDO Thread Lift, non-surgical facelift, or silhouette facelift) is a facial rejuvenation procedure that can reduce the signs of aging with less downtime and recovery than traditional surgery. There are many factors that can accentuate facial aging, including your genetics, sun exposure, stress, and your environment. The first signs of aging typically appear in the form of wrinkling, fine lines, nasolabial folds, and sagging jowls.
In the past, the only way to restore youthfulness to the face was through traditional facial surgery. While facelift surgery is still an effective way to address facial aging, more and more patients are turning to non-surgical solutions to look younger. The PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical facelift that can achieve a more youthful appearance with virtually no downtime – all while maintaining a natural-looking result. Patients do not need to contend with lengthy incisions or visible scarring. With a Thread Lift, it looks as if you have never had a cosmetic procedure.
The PDO Thread Lift gets its name from the absorbable sutures, or threads, that are placed below the skin to improve skin texture. These threads are inserted beneath the skin using a small cannula. Once in place, the threads gently pull the skin tighter, while also stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers below the skin’s surface. Collagen and elastin are the building blocks of healthy, radiant skin.
Dr. Barry Weintraub performs Thread Lifts in the comfort of his New York offices. Since this procedure is non-surgical, there is no need for extensive prep work or post-procedure downtime. Patients can achieve natural-looking improvements to their facial profile, and results can begin to be seen almost immediately. Learn more about the benefits of undergoing a Thread Lift in NYC with Dr. Weintraub.
Considering a Thread Lift
There is no specific chronological age that determines when you should have a Thread Lift; the best way to know when it’s right to call for a consultation is when you look in the mirror and see something that truly bothers you. Whether you wish to get rid of wrinkles, treat sagging, improve facial contours, or enhance skin texture, a PDO Thread Lift can help.
Goals of a PDO Thread Lift
The goal of a Thread Lift is to address the signs of facial aging without the surgery or downtime associated with a traditional facelift. A Thread Lift can improve such things as:
- Facial wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, brows, and mouth
- Drooping skin of the midface
- Nasolabial folds
- Sagging jowls
- Loose neck skin
Patients can expect smoother, younger-looking, and radiant skin following a PDO Thread Lift. Dr. Weintraub always focuses on producing rejuvenating Thread Lift results that are natural-looking, understated, and elegant.
You’ve certainly looked in the mirror many times. However, when you look in the mirror and begin to see things that upset you, that’s when you should schedule a consultation for a Thread Lift. A consultation will help give you a better understanding of your own issues.
When looking for the best plastic surgeon for your Thread Lift in NYC, you should:
- Check for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (there are many other boards, some legitimate, some not, but there is only one American Board of Plastic Surgery, established in 1931).
- Ensure that the physician attends a major hospital in your community, and is in good standing with that hospital.
- Confirm that he or she has a fine reputation amongst other medical professionals in your community.
- Speak to the surgeon’s patients who have undergone similar procedures.
Remember, this is your procedure, and you are interviewing the doctor as much as he’s interviewing you. Do not hesitate to bring a list of questions with you on your Thread Lift consultation. And remember: a good surgeon is someone who not only has the skill to perform the procedure, but is someone who understands what your specific needs and desires are. A good surgeon should listen, listen, and listen!
Have no fear during your consultation. This is a time to speak, to be heard, to learn, and to develop a trusting relationship. Questions can be answered, and fears allayed. And while Dr. Weintraub is at the cutting edge of his field in terms of technique and medical developments, you will find his office environment to be comforting, personable, and inviting. He and his New York staff truly care about each and every patient, and take great pride in making themselves available to help with every step of the process.
How a Thread Lift is Performed
Your Thread Lift will be performed in-office. There is no general or local anesthesia required. A topical anesthetic is typically used to numb the treatment area in preparation for your non-surgical facelift procedure. During your Thread Lift, a tiny cannula is placed beneath your skin. This cannula inserts a thread into the intermediate skin layer. The thread achieves a lifting effect by slightly pulling back the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. The thread does not create any scar tissue, and it dissolves on its own within months. In all, your Thread Lift procedure will take between 40-60 minutes to complete.
Where a PDO Thread Lift is Performed
Dr. Weintraub performs his non-surgical facelift treatments in the comfort of his offices, both in Manhattan at his primary location at 800A 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side, and in his East Hampton office where he sees patients on Fridays in private consultation during the summer months.
The Best Candidates for a Thread Lift
The best candidates for a Thread Lift are well balanced, in good general health, and possess realistic expectations. You are an excellent candidate if you’ve done your homework, have had your consultation, and the following three things are present:
- You are highly motivated to make the change.
- You have the ability to pause your daily responsibilities (work, family, school etc.) in order to undergo the procedure.
- You have the financial wherewithal to make an elective cosmetic procedure come to fruition.
Preparing for a Thread Lift
Because Thread Lifts are non-invasive, there is no need to prepare anything in advance when planning your non-surgical facelift treatment. However, it is best to not take aspirin or aspirin-containing compounds for a week prior to your Thread Lift.
There will be a short period of minimal swelling and sometimes bruising. Ice packs can be applied to the face to reduce any swelling or discomfort. Patients should avoid direct sunlight and tanning following Thread Lift treatment. Avoid wetting your face for a least a day. You must carefully follow all instructions provided by Dr. Weintraub in order to achieve the best results possible. By the time you leave the office, you can return to most daily activities with little or no downtime.
What Sets Dr. Weintraub Apart
Dr. Weintraub has always been blessed with a strong aesthetic sense. He possesses a unique blend of medical science and artwork, as it truly is artwork that he performs on the human form. His attention to detail ensures that he gets the best results possible, and he is meticulous about everything he does, from pre-op to post-op care and beyond.*
He studied medicine at Cornell during a time when core values were emphasized, and it is on these values that he bases his practice. He believes that physicians should be humble and respectful, and should never lose sight that the person they are operating on is exactly that: a person possessing real-life issues and concerns. The chairmen of the department of general surgery at Cornell at the time, Dr. Tom Shires, along with another luminary, Dr. Leon Morgenstern of Cedars-Sinai, taught Dr. Weintraub that “The operating room is a sacred place. It’s a very serious place. Never be cavalier about surgery.”
During his surgical residency training, Dr. Weintraub regularly visited Mexico to donate his time operating on deformed children and adults who couldn’t afford proper healthcare. In less-than-optimal conditions, he learned how to perform surgery with the basics, and received great satisfaction in making profound differences in people’s lives by restoring their faces and bodies. Similarly, when he was Chief Resident at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, and later when he was Chief Resident at the Reconstructive Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, he found that his compassion for patients, along with his skill and precision as a surgeon, could change lives and bring people joy they never thought possible.
Dr. Weintraub believes that surgery is never a race. The patient is always number one. He keeps in his wallet a piece of paper that is his motto in the operating room: “Always demand what is right, and never accept second best.” He likes to consider himself a “thinking surgeon,” and does not enter the operating room with a mechanical series of steps to execute robotically, but likes to remain alert and ready for whatever intraoperative challenges might spontaneously arise. Although many notable surgeons openly listen to music while performing surgery, Dr. Weintraub does not, preferring the mood of the operating room to remain serious and focused.
Over 60% of Dr. Weintraub’s practice is comprised of complex redos of surgeries performed by other offices. Such procedures always involve difficult issues, since there exist not only the limitations of a patient’s own anatomy, but also the limitations of another surgeon’s aesthetic, and the scar tissue that has developed as a result. Patients seek Dr. Weintraub from all over the world to correct their aesthetic problems. He takes great pride in getting the best results, and always enjoys the challenges of such procedures.
Last, Dr. Weintraub will not hesitate to turn patients away if he feels they are not good candidates for surgery. If a surgery is not in someone’s best interest, he will be the first to say so. However, when a patient is a good candidate, the results produced by Dr. Weintraub can be magical, and he feels that it is an honor to give patients a gift they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
How To Get Started
Dr. Weintraub and his staff will be happy to discuss a Thread Lift with you. Please call our office for a private consultation. We hope you look forward to our warm welcome and the opportunity for us to help you make an educated and confident decision.
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