pros and cons of thread lifts
Also known as ‘lunchtime facelifts’ for their short and convenient procedure duration (they typically take less than 90 minutes), thread lifts are a popular new cosmetic procedure to minimise signs of ageing. Celebrities from Simon Cowell to Hailey Bieber are reported to have had them done, and they are fast becoming one of the most popular facial treatments in Australia. Nevertheless, as with all cosmetic procedures, there are a few pros and cons to weigh up before determining whether a thread lift is right for you. Let’s discuss these and compare thread lifts to a facelift and derma fillers.

What is a Thread Lift?

Before thread lifts became available, the only way to address excessive skin laxity in the face, like jowls or droopy cheeks, was a traditional facelift. This meant a surgical procedure to cut away and reshape excess facial and neck skin. Now thread lifts offer a much less invasive form of facial rejuvenation, often with more effective results than other non-surgical options like dermal fillers, laser treatment or other injectables. Unlike the traditional facelift in which excess fat and skin around the face are cut away and stretched back, a thread lift involves placing sutures beneath the surface of the skin and suspending the excess skin upwards. This has the dual effect of tightening the skin around your face, as well as helping to promote collagen production, our body’s natural anti-ageing measure. The sutures work by provoking our body’s healing process, attracting huge amounts of additional collagen to the sutured areas and tightening and firming the skin.

These sutures eventually dissolve, with their combined effects rejuvenating facial tissue, eliminating sagging skin and promoting an overall tighter, more youthful facial appearance. But what are some of the pros and cons of this new treatment?

pros and cons of thread lifts
Threat Lifts offers immediate results that mimic that of a facelift without downtime.

Thread Lift Pros

As well as amazing convenience, thread facelifts have a number of distinct benefits:
  • Non-surgical: Thread lifts offer a non-surgical alternative to facelifts, minimising the risks and recovery time associated with invasive procedures.
  • Quick procedure: Thread lifts are relatively quick, often completed in under an hour, making them convenient for those with busy schedules.
  • Immediate results: Patients can experience immediate skin tightening and a subtle lift after the procedure.
  • Collagen stimulation: The threads used in a thread lift stimulate the production of collagen, enhancing the skin’s elasticity and long-term rejuvenation.

Thread Lift Cons

Although these advantages are behind the surging popularity of thread lifts, there are certain disadvantages, these include:
  • Temporary results: While thread lifts provide immediate results, the effects are not permanent and may last for approximately 1-3 years.
  • Mild discomfort and bruising: Some individuals may experience mild discomfort, swelling, or bruising after the procedure, although these side effects are generally minimal and subside quickly.
  • Skill-dependent procedure: The success and natural-looking outcome of a thread lift depend on the skill and experience of the practitioner. Choosing a qualified and experienced professional is essential for optimal results.
pros and cons of thread lifts
Get smoother younger looking skin with thread lifts.

How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?

The lasting time of a PDO thread lift depends on various factors but usually lasts between nine months and on rarer occasions, up to three years. The factors that may affect how long your thread lift lasts are as follows:
  • Body’s ability to get rid of the PDO sutures
  • Age
  • If you have had any previous plastic surgery
  • Allergies to common materials used
  • Number of threads used
Like other non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as the use of Botox and dissolvable dermal fillers, the PDO threads we use in this procedure will essentially be absorbed by your skin tissue and so the process will need to be repeated. However, compared to other non-surgical treatments, a thread lift is expected to last much longer.

Thread Lift Recovery Time

Compared to traditional facelift surgery, thread lifts typically involve minimal downtime. Patients can expect mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort immediately following the procedure. However, these effects are usually temporary and can be managed with proper aftercare. Most individuals can resume their daily activities within a few days after the procedure.

Thread Lift vs Facelift

The difference between threading and a traditional facelift goes beyond how the procedures are performed. Although both are effective, a Thread Lift offers different results from a facelift. The subtle results of threading are aimed at those who are beginning to see the signs of ageing in their skin and are experiencing slight sagging. Light sagging can be corrected with threading and further heightened by injectable treatments if necessary. However, threading will have very little impact on the advanced ageing processes. The traditional facelift can achieve dramatic results in even advanced age. This is because, through its invasive method, the skin is not only stretched and adjusted but excess skin is also trimmed and removed. This creates a tighter and firmer appearance of youth. A facelift is considered an invasive surgery and requires a general anaesthetic.

Thread Lift vs Dermal Fillers

Thread lifts and dermal fillers serve different purposes. Thread lifts primarily lift and tighten loose skin, whereas dermal fillers are used to restore volume and fill in wrinkles and lines. Dermal fillers work by adding volume using a gel made up of hyaluronic acid, to plump and restore a more youthful aesthetic. With a long-standing, proven safety record, there is a range of different dermal fillers available which can correct minor irregularities and asymmetry while adding volume to the face without the need for surgery. The quick and straightforward treatment involves minimal downtime while offering hydration and plumping to the skin, and improving the facial contour.

Which One is Best For You?

Choosing between a thread lift, facelift and dermal fillers depends on individual needs, goals, and the advice of a surgeon. Factors such as desired results, budget, and personal preferences should be considered. Consulting with a professional at ICCM Sydney will help determine the most effective treatment option tailored to your specific requirements. Thread lifts offer a non-surgical solution to address sagging skin and achieve a more youthful appearance. Understanding the pros and cons, as well as the differences between thread lifts and other options is important in order to make an informed decision.

Choose ICCM for Your Thread Lift

At ICCM Sydney, we are dedicated to providing exceptional thread lift treatments that deliver natural-looking results. With our team of experienced and skilled cosmetic practitioners, state-of-the-art facilities, and personalised approach, you can trust us to enhance your appearance safely and effectively. We prioritise thorough consultations, ensuring we understand your unique goals and address any concerns you may have. Our commitment extends beyond the procedure, as we provide comprehensive post-procedure care instructions and ongoing support throughout your recovery. When you choose ICCM, you choose a reputable clinic that prioritises your safety, satisfaction, and natural beauty. Schedule a consultation with our team today and experience the transformative benefits of a thread lift at ICCM Sydney.

How to book an appointment with ICCM in Sydney

To book an appointment or inquire, you can fill out our online contact form, email us at [email protected] or contact us by telephone at 02 9233 3103 (Sydney CBD Clinic) or 02 4605 9024 (Campbelltown Clinic).


Want to know a little more about thread lifts? Check out our helpful FAQ section below:

What are the downsides of a thread lift procedure?

The potential downsides of a thread lift procedure may include temporary side effects such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort, as well as the possibility of the threads becoming visible or palpable under the skin.

Is a thread lift worth the money?

The worth of a thread lift procedure depends on individual preferences and goals. While thread lifts offer a non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation, the longevity of results may vary, and some individuals may opt for alternative treatments or procedures.

What is better than a thread lift?

Alternative treatments that are considered alternatives to thread lifts include facelift surgery, which provides more dramatic and longer-lasting results, or dermal fillers that focus on adding volume to specific areas of the face.

What is the ideal age for a thread lift?

The ideal age for a thread lift can vary depending on individual factors such as skin elasticity and the appearance of facial sagging. Generally, individuals in their 40s to 60s may benefit the most from a thread lift procedure.

What is better, a thread lift or a surgical facelift?

The choice between a thread lift and a facelift depends on individual goals and preferences. A thread lift offers a less invasive option with minimal downtime and results that are more subtle, while a facelift provides more significant and long-lasting improvements in facial appearance.

What is the disadvantage of a thread lift?

A disadvantage of a thread lift may include the temporary nature of results, as they are typically not as long-lasting as those achieved through surgical procedures like a facelift. Additionally, thread lifts may not be suitable for individuals with significant skin laxity or sagging.

How long does a thread lift last?

The duration of results from a thread lift can vary depending on factors such as the type of threads used and individual characteristics. On average, the effects of a thread lift can last from 1 to 3 years. This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS (Melb) FACCSM (Med) FCPCA / Cosmetic Doctor Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.Read More