Thread Lifts


With aging, the skins connective tissue thins and collagen and elastic fibres begin to break down. This results in changes in underlying support structures, which appear as sagging, deep creases, folds and wrinkles in the skin. This can occur as early as your thirties.

Threads are a recent introduction to the cosmetic surgery arena to fight these effects. It uses a self anchoring polypropylene threads attached to the sub-dermal tissue to elevate and fix the mid-face, brow and neck region.

Usually only one procedure is needed to achieve the desired lifting effect.

Although a stand-alone procedure, it is not uncommon for this procedure to be combined with Botox injections to reduce facial muscle activity, dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid or fat to enhance volume, or peels and laser therapy to improve skin texture. Liposuction of the neck can also be beneficial to some patients.

The Benefits of Using Threads

When compared to traditional surgical techniques, threads have major benefits:

  • Uniform gathering and even lifting of the soft tissues
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduced procedural and recovery time
  • Patient satisfaction is more immediate
  • No General Anaesthesia - local anaesthesia and sedation as required
  • Lower risk of complication

Unlike conventional sutures (stitches) which are smooth, Threads have tiny barbs or cogs that are spaced evenly apart. Once inserted under the skin, they are fixated in an umbrella-like fashion and, with tension, create suspension that gently lifts sagging tissues of the brow and face.


Midface Thread Lift Procedure

  1. Ideal contour lines are marked on the skin from the ears towards the chin and jawline. These lines, indicating the exact placement of the threads will vary from patient to patient.
  2. A local anaesthetic and if desired, light intravenous sedation is administered.
  3. Tiny incisions close to the ear are made.
  4. The threads are advanced along the previously marked contour lines into the droopy facial area with a special guide needle, where the threads grab on to the droopy soft tissues.. The cogs do the work of holding, by being fixated to tissue as they are contoured into place.
  5. Once in position, the body generates new collagen bundles that surround each thread to maintain the lifting effect.

NOTE: Unlike other thread products, Contour Threads are clear in color, so they are not visible under fair or thin skin.

A typical procedure usually takes about 60 minutes to perform; depending on the number of threads used.


Thread Lift After Treatment

In most cases, there is minimal discomfort, bruising and swelling. Ice compresses are recommended for the first 24-48 hours.

Patients can usually return to work or normal activities in a few days to one week.


Thread Lift Results

The lasting effect of a thread lift varies depending on the age of the patient at the time of the procedure, the degree of sagging, and the number of threads used. Additional threads may be added as needed.


Thread Lift Complications

Complications are rare and the technique is entirely reversible; any unwanted effects are usually easily corrected under local anaesthesia.

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