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Thread Lift

Orange County Thread lift

The goals of the thread lift, or Lunchtime facelift, is to erase facial aging changes using a micro-barbed thread which can be positioned in less than 1 hour with minimal sedation. By utilizing micro-barbed threads it is possible to counter the forces of the gravitational pull thereby correcting soft tissue sagginess and replacing facial volume loss. The micro-barbed threads result directly in:

1) Soft tissue support and suspension of the cheeks and jawline back to a more youthful position

2) Collagen formation around the threads to increase facial volume to a fuller more youthful appearance
Six threads are strategically placed to lift the malar and mandibular fat pads. Using a guidewire, the threads are weaved along the central cheek and jawline and then pulled up through a small incision in your hairline. Patients desiring facial rejuvenation in Orange County, who have a limited recovery time, can enjoy near-instant rejuvenation using this minimally invasive technique. In addition, patients in their late 30s and 40s who may not find themselves ready for a traditional facelift may consider this Orange County Thread lift procedure. Finally, patients who do not want to undergo general anesthesia due to personal or health reasons can find this procedure an alternative to the more invasive face and neck lift surgery.

If you live in Newport Beach or Orange County at large, we encourage you to please contact our office at (949) 499-4147 or make a consultation with Dr. Mowlavi so that he can review with you the advantages of the minimally invasive thread lift and the benefits it could have for you.


Thread lift by insertion of micro-barbed threads in order to correct sagging skin and/or loss of projection of the facial and jaw region


1 Hour


Oral Sedation

Place of Treatment

Office-based surgical facility

Side Effects

a) Bruising/Swelling: Temporary bruising and swelling usually occurs after surgery and greatly diminishes within a few days after surgery.

b) Numbness: Patients may have a temporary loss of sensation in the cheek region due to swelling after surgery. The numbness usually disappears within a few days after surgery.

c) Scarring: Incision lines are well hidden in the temporal hairline thus making this a rare side effect.

d) Asymmetrical cheeks: An uneven appearance of the cheek may result if the cheek is asymmetric preoperatively. Your surgeon will make all attempts to compensate for any asymmetry by using different positioned and weaved vectors of pull when necessary.


a) Suture rupture: may occur although this is rare. Suture rupture can be corrected with the placement of a second parallel thread.

b) Hematoma: will rarely occur as there is no undermining of tissues in this procedure.

c) Indentation: can occur if the suture is threaded too superficially; this can be easily corrected on your postoperative visit with finger massage.

d) Temporal pain: may occur but this is usually temporary and will subside over a few weeks.


Patients may feel slightly sore for 1 to 2 days following this procedure. Patients can usually resume light activity the day of the thread lift procedure and return to work the following day.

Duration of Results

Patients who have undergone thread lift surgery can expect aesthetically pleasing results for life.


The thread lift procedure involves correction of minimal to moderate sagging and deflated cheeks and jawline. This surgery can significantly improve aging changes that may have occurred over your cheek and jawline without the need for a formal surgery. This procedure is performed using micro-barbed threads that are weaved through your cheek and jawline and then suspended using a small incision in the temporal hairline.

The micro-barbed threads have proven to be safe, predictable, and maintain a low-risk of complications.

Thread lifted cheeks look and feel normal in appearance and to touch. The micro-barbed/coned threads have been designed to be low profile in gauge and soft to feel. By strategic placement of the threads, it is possible to raise the cheek and jawline complex in a natural manner.

The threadlift procedure can be performed in an office based procedure room or office based operating room. Since minimal oral sedation is required, this surgery can be done in most medical offices by trained medical professionals.


Although the thread lift is an excellent alternative to sagging skin, it does not able to eliminate moderate to severe skin redundancy. Patients who have lots of skin redundancy should consider a dual plane facelift. This is why this procedure is ideal for patients in their late 30s and 40s who may have sagging of their facial soft tissues but who have not developed skin redundancy.

Thread lift procedure should utilize two separate incisions which are located in the temporal hairline. What this means for you is an invisible incision line and that no one will be able to figure out what you have done.

For patients who undergo the thread lift procedure early in life, a facelift and neck lift are still an option as you notice more moderate to severe skin redundancy. The threads and their surrounding collagen will be visible during the undermining of your skin. the threads and surrounding collagen deposition are left in place and help to maintain facial volume.


He treats you like family

From the first time we walked in Dr Mowlavi the staff treat you like family and with dignity, they dont over talk you. I remember for my first surgery he stroked my arm when I went to sleep, he was very comforting and has fantastic bed side manner. When i was in a wheel chair he was one of the few doctors who actually talked to ME and not above me to my family instead. After I had a gastric bypas I lost 500 lbs and I have had multiple surgeries to remove my excess skin including a panniculetomy, and he removed 4.5 lbs off of each side of my thighs. I am going to have my arms done and my inner thighs. I would highly reccomend him to anyone. He doesnt treat you like a patient, he treats you like family

My experience was amazing!

After having disfiguring melanoma surgery on my face, my daughter-in-law suggested I see Dr Mowlavi. He took me in right away, assessed my condition, and said that he could fix everything and to trust him. I did, without question, and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. He is far more than just competent. He is an artist! 
My follow-ups with James we’re timely and reassuring. The final result was well above my expectations!! I would highly recommend Dr. Molavi.

Ideal experience and surgery

From the moment that I walked into Dr. Mowlavi's office i immediately knew i had chosen the right doctor for my procedure. For as long as I could remember I suffered from headaches and not being able to breath properly. During my consultation Dr. Mowlavi took his time to listen to all of my questions and concerns. After examining me he informed me that i had what was called a "deviated septum". He explained that it would be a fairly easy procedure to fix my condition. All of his staff was WONDERFUL! they were friendly, knowledgeable, and most of all professional. It's been almost a month and i can already see the difference getting this procedure has made in my life. I have not suffered a headache since and I CAN BREATH!

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