Facelift Without the Knife: The Sugar Thread Lift

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Dr. Parikh marks a patient for a sugar thread lift.

Maybe you’ve read about it on goop or heard about people flying to Paris for it. Tomorrow one of the Kardashian ladies will be gramming about it.

The newest procedure to hit aesthetic medicine, the Sugar Thread Lift*, or PDO thread lift, is a minimally invasive facelift with no downtime that produces results. 

*Since the publishing of this blog post, another nonsurgical facial contouring procedure that offers superior results to thread lifts is available, FaceTite / NeckTite and AccuTite.

When Drs. Lieberman and Parikh heard about this innovative procedure that sounds almost too good to be true, they lept at the chance to offer patients yet another option for wrinkle removal and facial lifting.

So how does the Sugar Thread Lift work?

The doctors implant or “thread” PDO (polydiaxanone) dissolvable threads into the superficial layers of skin. The patient’s own body then produces new bundles of collagen around the threads to lift the desired areas (anywhere on the body but usually around the jawline and neck). About 30 minutes later, patients leave with a little swelling and slight bruising, but  return to normal activities almost immediately.  

How long will Sugar Thread Lift results last?

The threads dissolve gradually over a 6- to 8-month period, but formation of new collagen occurs for the next 9 to 18 months. We often recommend a follow-up treatment a few weeks later which will extend the rejuvenation. While the Sugar Thread Lift produces immediate, natural results, it does not replace, or last as long, as a facelift surgery.

Are Sugar Thread Lifts safe?

Polydioxonone is a complex sugar that naturally breaks down into carbon dioxide and water which are both are naturally excreted by the body with no adverse effects. Cardiologists have been using polydioxonone sutures in surgery for over 40 years.

Why do so few doctors perform Sugar Thread Lifts?

We’re not sure. But our doctors’ schedules are filling up quickly with patients wanting a lift without going under the knife.

How can I find out more?

If you have other questions about Sugar Thread Lifts here in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact us online or give our Palo Alto office a call at (650) 327-3232.

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