Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Smoothing Wrinkles | The Science of Beauty Podcast

Thread Lift

Thread lifts create a more dramatic lift than entirely non-invasive options, without undergoing a full facelift. Here’s how it works: A doctor punctures holes in the cheeks and forehead, then inserts up to 18 plastic threads through the skin, tightening them to lift the skin upward. The procedure — which can also be done on the brow or upper eyelid — is performed under local anesthesia, and usually has a short recovery period.

While many people see a significant improvement in their appearance post-procedure, there are some risks associated with a thread lift. Some patients report threads that poke through the skin, cause infection, or detach internally. The threads can become infected, or scar tissue can form around the thread that would make future face-lifting a problem.


Fillers, neurotoxins, and lasers can work wonders at turning back the clock on your face, but in reality, these breakthroughs can only take us so far — that’s where the facelift comes in. The main goal of a facelift is to fix laxity in the lower face and neck. When the skin slackens and its underlying fat and muscle begins to degrade, droopy cheeks and a diminished jawline are the result. A facelift can correct these signs of aging, as well as subtly reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds.

Although, as with many surgeries, there’s quite a bit of downtime — around two weeks minimum. Also, while a facelift will improve droopiness that exemplifies wrinkles, they won’t get rid of them completely because facelifts don’t specifically address surface imperfections.

Our Hosts’ Favorite Wrinkle-Reducing Products

Michelle’s Current Favorites

For plumping, Michelle loves SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. “It’s a great first step after cleansing,” she explains. Michelle also uses an eye serum as opposed to an eye cream, because she’s found that some heavier formulas make her makeup run throughout the day. M-61 Hydraboost Eye Serum is among her favorites. She’s also started using Augustinus Bader The Cream, which contains vitamin A, antioxidants, and amino acids.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

M-61 Hydraboost Eye Serum

Augustinus Bader The Cream

Jenny’s Current Favorites

“I use a retinoid almost every night,” she says. “I’ve used prescription retinoids in the past, [but] right now I’m using an over the counter retinol.” Jenny has been alternating between Shani Darden Retinol Reform and Sobel SkinRx 4.5% Retinol Night Treatment. The latter, she says, is particularly powerful — so she makes sure to hydrate her skin accordingly.

Shani Darden Retinol Reform

Sobel Skin Rx 4.5% Retinol Treatment

The Bottom Line

It’s a privilege to have wrinkles. Plus, if your face was totally line-less, you couldn’t fully convey emotions — a very important part of being a human being! But if you want to reduce the appearance of creases, we’re with you, and there’s an abundance of at-home products and in-office treatments that will do the trick.

Our next episode of The Science of Beauty is all about the skin-boosters that enhance our favorite products: We’re talking about vitamins.

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