A Beginner’s Guide to Thread Lifts

Many patients are ready for something that gives a more dramatic result for sagging skin than injectable facial fillers, but still aren’t ready for a complete facelift or other facial surgery as yet. Our specialists in minimally invasive procedures from the Philadelphia area office of Dr. Timothy Greco use Silhouette InstaLift to give patients a more youthful and energized appearance without surgery. The results are visible right away, and the new contours last for up to two years. Continue reading to learn about how thread lifts work!

Once we lose collagen, fat, and bone from the face, we often discover that our facial contours no longer look as sharp as they once did. Thinning skin may begin to sag around the lower face area. Injectable wrinkle treatments can only do so much for loose skin when we reach this stage, and fillers are mainly designed to address moderate to severe wrinkles as opposed to more advanced sagging and skin folds.

Silhouette InstaLift repositions and lifts lax skin around the central and lower part of the face by introducing absorbable threads below the surface of the skin. These threads are lined with tiny, barb-like cones that attach to the under surface of the skin and pull it upward, supporting its structure. This treatment gives an additional lift to the jawline and cheek areas as the threads continue to stimulate collagen production in the underlying layers of skin to give it a tighter appearance over the following months.

Some of the major advantages associated with having a thread lift are that as it is minimally invasive, only local anesthesia is used, there is very little recovery time needed, and side effects are minimal. The results will be noticeable as soon as the treatment is over, and they will progressively improve for up to 12 months as your skin builds more collagen.

If you’re interested in having a facial rejuvenation treatment for the New Year, check out our special on thread lifts: Enjoy $400 per thread (originally valued at $600) when you book a consultation for a thread lift before Jan. 31, 2021!

Want to learn more about what to expect from minimally invasive procedures? Our Philadelphia-area team can answer any questions you might have about a thread lift or other cosmetic treatments. Call (610) 664-8830, or submit a contact form to request an appointment with us.

How to Reduce Scarring After a Facelift

Nonsurgical treatments are convenient and can improve your appearance, but the results from injectables and light therapies can’t compare to the more dramatic, comprehensive, and long-lasting results you can attain with facial plastic surgery. In the Philadelphia area, Dr. Timothy M. Greco explains that a facelift is the best way to significantly improve severely sagging jowls and skin in the neck area, as well as elevate the cheeks to improve facial contours.

Even with the benefits of surgery in mind, patients who visit our practice are sometimes worried about having visible scars after a facelift. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. During your consultation, Dr. Greco will explain what to expect with your procedure, including a basic outline of what to expect with scarring.

Right after having facelift surgery, some of the most common but temporary side effects patients can experience are swelling, bruising, numbness, and mild pain. Scarring is also one of the risks associated with this surgery, as well as most other plastic surgery procedures.

To minimize the visibility of scars, Dr. Greco makes incisions in places that are easily concealed, such as the hairline and in front of or behind the ear, so they can be hidden by the natural contours of the face and hair. Dr. Greco also painstakingly re-approximates the incisions so the scars heal as meticulously as possible.

Yes, these scars will be with you for life, but they typically fade in a few months to become barely visible white lines. Scars can be minimized with injections of corticosteroid solution. Subsequent skin treatments, such as pulsed-dye lasers, can also improve a scar’s appearance.

The way you heal and the type of scarring you will ultimately see on your face is influenced by your age, skin elasticity, genetics, race, and ethnicity, as well as the size and tension of the scar.

There are many steps you can take to keep scars from becoming more pronounced. Mainly, you should:

  • avoid smoking several weeks before and after surgery
  • lower your consumption of alcohol and caffeine after surgery
  • get lots of rest during your recovery phase
  • drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • increase your protein intake
  • follow the instructions from Dr. Greco and his team for proper wound care
  • wear sunscreen and avoid exposing the skin on your incisions to sunlight
  • refrain from placing excessive tension on or around incisions

Want more advice on facial plastic surgery in the Philadelphia area? Call Dr. Timothy Greco’s plastic surgery office at (610) 664-8830 or send a message to request a free consultation if you’re planning to have a facelift or another procedure.

5 Makeup Tricks to Enhance Your Post-Facelift Appearance

Injectables are useful tools for temporarily minimizing some of the signs of premature aging, but when it comes to addressing loose jowls and sagging skin around the cheek areas long term, there’s no better way to make your face look dramatically younger than a facelift. Patients who have had a facelift, otherwise known as a rhytidectomy, in the Philadelphia area from Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS, can feel more self-confident afterward and are often ready to flaunt their new look. At the same time, patients often want to keep the fact that they’ve had facial plastic surgery performed discreet.

It’s common to experience some bruising, swelling, and numbness before peak results are eventually visible. During this time, keep your head elevated and avoid certain medications that may worsen common side effects of surgery, such as bruising. Dr. Greco and the team will advise you on when it will be okay to start wearing makeup again.

With that in mind, here are a few pointers on accentuating your natural beauty with cosmetics after having a few surgical “tweaks.”

1. Use Lightweight Foundation

It’s important not to irritate the skin if you’ve recently had cosmetic surgery. Look for lighter products that won’t clog the pores and are designed for sensitive skin. Avoid caking the face in too much makeup, as the thick layer may look unnatural and draw more attention.

2. Hydrate the Skin

Using a good moisturizer is essential after your procedure, as a facelift may result in the skin physiology changing and becoming very dry and flaky.

3. Camouflage with Concealers

Makeup is great for covering up visible, post-operative bruising and scarring. Some brands offer kits with colors designed specifically for reducing the appearance of discoloration on the face.

4. Find the Right Blush

A dash of blush that fits your skin tone will brighten and refresh your face while accentuating your cheekbones.

5. Bring Attention to Your Lips

If you’re proud of your lip shape, emphasize their beauty by lining them, choosing a bold color, and adding some shiny gloss.

Get started on a new facial plastic surgery treatment from the office of double board-certified physician Dr. Timothy Greco in the Philadelphia area. If you’d like to start planning your rhytidectomy, talk to us today by calling (610) 664-8830 or write to us directly.

Thread Lifts vs. Facelifts: Which is the Better Choice for You?

When you stand in front of the mirror, do you notice major changes happening to your face—like sagging, lax skin around the cheeks and jaw, deep creases, and hollowed cheeks? It may be time to try a cosmetic treatment or procedure. But which should you pick?

A facelift is the ultimate surgical solution for rejuvenating a face marked by sagging jowls and neck laxity. This procedure offers dramatic and long-lasting results, but it isn’t the only way to lift aging skin. For patients not ready for surgery, thread lifting bridges the gap between injectables and surgical procedures, providing an alternative for patients who need more drastic improvement but do not want facelift surgery. At our Philadelphia area practice, Dr. Timothy Greco often receives questions from patients who are unsure as to which treatment will accomplish more for them. During your initial consultation, he can assess your face and help you determine the best course of action.

Aging causes the contours of the face to change. What starts off in your youth as a more heart-shaped face with high, round cheeks leading down to a clean, firm jawline often turns into what is sometimes referred to as a “pyramid of age.” Skin and fat slide downward, forming a heavier jaw, while the cheeks and temples may appear sunken in. To make matters worse, your skin produces less collagen over time. Collagen, along with elastin and hyaluronic acid, is responsible for keeping skin supple and strong.

When your face gets to this stage, lifting the tissues is an important strategy for anyone who wants to reclaim youthful contours. A facelift involves the removal of excess skin and fat, allowing the remaining skin to sit more tightly against the underlying structures. A thread thrift, on the other hand, helps to re-structure your face and restore its contours to a more youthful position by elevating the skin with small, internal sutures. Thread lifts also have the benefit of stimulating the production of collagen in the treatment site, continuing to enhance the tone and texture of the skin over time. The recovery time is much shorter than it would be for a facelift. and side effects are minimal in comparison, though the results are not as dramatic as with a facelift.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of thread lifts, facelifts, or other facial procedures, get in touch with our team at Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC‘s office in the Philadelphia area. To set up an appointment with Dr. Timothy Greco, call us at (610) 664-8830 or write to us directly.