Stitch Back Time

Like mending a small tear will save you from fixing that bigger one down the road, smaller cosmetic procedures can save you from an invasive overhaul.

The newest one out there? Using thread to lift and anchor your skin for a more youthful look.

Called a “Silhouette InstaLift,” a “Stitch Lift,” or a number of other catchy terms, the procedure has been around for about a decade. However, the big advance that makes it so au courant, and effective, is the thread and the technique.

PDO thread, also known as Nova or Miracou Thread, is often used in open-heart surgery. It’s dissolvable and absorbed into the body in six months time. In the cosmetic procedure, it’s threaded with dissolvable cones through your face, anchoring the position of the skin. Both the cones and thread are naturally absorbed by the body while stimulating new collagen growth.

Local anesthetic is used and this procedure takes only 45 minutes. What’s better, your downtime is minimal. There can be swelling, redness and bruising, but it usually subsides in a matter of days. The cost is a fraction of a surgical face lift — as little as $1,000 compared to up to $10,000.

The best part is the result — your face looks firmer and more youthful, particularly on the neck, jowls and jawline.

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